RPI Group, Inc. Awarded Six-Year Contract with VRE

Fredericksburg, VA – RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) was awarded a six-year IDIQ contract worth $1 million with Virginia Railway Express (VRE) to install new security cameras and access control equipment and to ensure integration of the installed equipment with the existing systems architecture. VRE is initiating a modernization of its security camera and access control systems as recommended by a recent Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA), also performed by RPI.

RPI was awarded their first contact with VRE in July of 2016 to perform a risk and security assessment of the VRE bandwidth and network infrastructure, develop a plan to optimize and enhance their critical infrastructure, and provide security training for their end users. This was the first risk and security assessment of this scope and magnitude that was undertaken by VRE. The security camera and access control systems is one of two follow-up task orders.

VRE is a commuter train service that links the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) are transportation districts established under Virginia law and jointly own this service. An Operations Board consisting of members from each of the jurisdictions within the VRE service area governs the development and operation of VRE and serves as an advisory board to the VTC and PRTC governing boards.

VRE began its operations in 1992 and carries an average of approximately 19,000 weekday trips on two lines. The primary mission of VRE is to provide commuter-oriented passenger rail service between outlying suburbs and the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria urban core. Some tourists and “day-trippers” also ride the trains. The service is heavily oriented towards that core area in the morning peak and in the opposite direction in the evening peak.

RPI Group, Inc. Provides Assessment Services to PRTC

Fredericksburg, VA - November 15, 2017 - RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) Cybersecurity is currently providing Risk and Security Assessment Services to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission’s (PRTC) Bandwidth and Network Infrastructure.

The PRTC is a multi-jurisdictional agency representing Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania Counties and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

PRTC provides commuter bus service along the busy Virginia I-95 and I-66 corridors to points north (OmniRide & Metro Direct), and local bus services in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park (OmniLink & Cross County Connector). PRTC also offers OmniMatch, a free ridesharing service. Operated by PRTC in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) provides commuter rail service along the Manassas and Fredericksburg lines, connecting to transit providers at stations in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

RPI is utilizing a 3-phase assessment approach. Phase One will capture a comprehensive understanding of PRTC’s network topology, data processes and infrastructure. The result of this first phase of data collection will support Phase Two capital budgeting recommendations that provide an optimal investment strategy to offset vulnerability gaps, implement remediation priorities and sustain improvements to the organization’s infrastructure and overall cybersecurity posture. Phase Three will deliver a training and education program that provides PRTC personnel with information about current best practices in cybersecurity, social engineering threats and countermeasures and raising awareness of risky network and online behaviors resulting in an educated and informed staff.

 

RPI Wins Wireless Assessment

Fredericksburg, Virginia – October 25, 2017 - RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) has partnered with Cyberkong (CKI) to complete a wireless security assessment for one of CKI’s commercial clients. RPI will deliver two Enterprise Wireless Security Assessments and subsequent reporting to ensure this organization is utilizing wireless networking technology securely. With the recent discovery of a flaw in the Wi-fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security standard, it is critical for organizations to validate the integrity of their wireless networks. Additionally, it is critical that any systems that have been patched for this vulnerability are tested to confirm that the patch has been implemented correctly.

CKI provides resilient solutions and cybersecurity for critical assets and infrastructures to government agencies, armed forces, and commercial industries. Their federal and commercial experience, highly skilled workforce, strong management plans, and dynamic security landscape complement the services of RPI enabling the partners to provide their clients with the highest service and engagement possible.

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded Energy Management Control System Support Services Contract

Camp Lejeune, NC - RPI Group Inc. (RPI) has been awarded a prime contract to provide Energy Management Control System (EMCS) Support Services to the Public Works Division (PWD) at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. RPI will be providing technical assistance with the Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD IT and the Marine Corps Certification and Accreditation Support Tool (MCCAST V2) for achieving and maintaining Authorization to Operate (ATO) for EMCS.

RPI is strategically teamed with Johnson Controls (JCI) to provide knowledge, training and support to assist the PWD program in the understanding, operation, maintenance, management and utilization of the EMCS. This was a two-year capture effort has led to a new capability for RPI that should be marketable to other DoD and commercial organizations. 

Johnson Controls is a “global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries.” They are joining RPI to provide “innovative solutions to drive the future of urban efficiency” and cybersecurity.

Inc. Magazine Unveils 36th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

For the 2nd Time, RPI Group, Inc. Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Ranking No. 2834 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 120%

NEW YORK, August 16, 2017Inc. magazine today ranked RPI Group, Inc. NO. 2834 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

Robert Pleban, CEO and President of RPI Group, states “RPI Group is honored to be included in the Inc. 5000 for the second year in a row. The hard work of our employees and continued growth with our valued partners and clients is phenomenal.”

The 2017 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year average growth of 481%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

"The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list was held from October 10 through 12, 2017 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA. Speakers included some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as former Ford president Alan Mullaly, FUBU CEO and founder and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John, Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin, researcher and #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown, and Gravity Payments’ founder and CEO Dan Price.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company, providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DOD and the Commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Training & Certification Testing, Research & Development, andAcquisition and Program Management Support.   RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; King George, VA; Charleston, SC; San Diego, CA and Littleton, CO.

 

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology

The 2017 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2016. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc.xMedia:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 18,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offered informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded United States Air Force’s Imagery Compilation and Exploitation (ICE) Prime Contract

RPI Group, Inc. is extremely proud to announce its newly awarded Prime contract award providing Air Force Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Services for the United States Air Force’s Imagery Compilation and Exploitation (ICE) contract.

This single award, multi-year contract has an initial contract ceiling value of approximately $22 million, inclusive of a base year and 4 one-year options. RPI’s responsible placement of Enterprise Engineers and Systems Analysts across the United States is illustrative of its robust technical and business capabilities to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the Warfighter.

“Our ICE award is a testament to the many successful years of front-line leadership, reliability and resolve of our high performing contract teams. This complex and unique work for the ICE contract demonstrates the exceptional and multifaceted capabilities RPI has sharpened through years of development and experience,” said Mr. Robert Pleban, RPI’s President & CEO. “Our greatest asset lies in the dedicated talents of our technical teams. The 24/7/365 ICE commitment to USAF operational continuity is best illustrated by the program’s superb results over the past few years. Our employee’s cooperation and synergy with our government and commercial partners is a perfect example of the one team, one fight objective.  RPI’s commitment to put our client and employee welfare at the forefront of our business goals facilitates the successful synergy to create consistent, dynamic and effective solutions.”

RPI GROUP INC. IS ONE OF INC. MAGAZINE’S BEST WORKPLACES 2017

RPI Group Inc. is one of the highest-scoring businesses with standout employee engagement; Inc. Best Workplaces featured in June 2017 issue of Inc. magazine

Fredericksburg, Virginia (June 1, 2017) – RPI Group Inc. (RPI) has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2017, the publication’s second annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector.

Hitting newsstands in the June 2017 issue, and as part of a prominent inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies who have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just over 200 winning companies.

Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Nebraska, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent.
What does it take to become a company that workers want to be part of? Inc. magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes the two work together.

Robert Pleban, CEO, states “This award has a special place for us at RPI.  It means that even though our website says this is a great place to work – our people think so too.  ‘Treating people like family’ is more than words, it’s what we do – every day.”

The 2017 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees’ responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.

While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop:

  • Strong company cultures breed stunning individual and team performance.
  • Workers at the best companies don’t view their employers as sugar daddies. They aren’t mesmerized by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad—be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges.
  • When employees feel valued by their organization, they are far more likely to be engaged. This single factor proved to be one of the largest drivers of employee engagement.
  • Believing that employees are a company’s #1 asset and making it the mission of the Executive Staff to ensure they have all the tools, resources, and training required to meet and or exceed client expectations and to allow them to excel and grow both personally and professionally.
  • Continuous attention to organizational lines of communication, the consistent application and commitment to requirements analysis and management, and technical expertise supports a corporate culture that produces reliable, repeatable, and predictable results.

 “By introducing an employee survey into this year’s Best Workplaces selection process, we’ve really raised the bar. Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that’s not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves.” says Eric Schurenberg, Inc.’s President and Editor In Chief.

About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company, providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DoD and the commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network Architecture & Engineering, Training & Certification Testing, Hydro-Acoustic Research & Development, and  Systems Engineering.   RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; Dahlgren, VA; Charleston, SC; Huntsville, AL; San Diego, CA and Denver, CO.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders.  Winner of Advertising Age’s “The A-List” in January 2015, and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 40,000,000 today.  For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/.

About Quantum Workplace

Quantum Workplace is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit www.quantumworkplace.com.

RPI Group, Inc. Attends Secure Rail Conference

April 2017 – Orlando, Florida – RPI Group attended and was a Platinum sponsor for Progressive Railroading's Third Annual Secure Rail Conference held in Orlando, FL. The conference featured 20 presentations on topics that addressed how railroads can improve the security of their assets, passengers and employees.

The event's first session was a panel discussion on how railroads can manage cybersecurity risk. Our Director of Cybersecurity, Jeff Watts, presented the next brief on Applying DOD Risk Management & Assessment Experience to the Transportation Sector. RPI was able to address North American rail security concerns with the audience from an organizational perspective with a focus on cyber security. Overall, the conference attendees believed that physical vulnerabilities to rail systems remain, but the greatest security risk to the industry right now may be found online rather than onboard.

Attendance at the conference was critical to marketing RPI’s Positive Train Control (PTC) capabilities and their recent contract wins with the Virginia Railway Express (VRE).  PTC refers to communication-based/processor-based train control technology designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, over speed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and the movement of a train through a main line switch in the improper position.

The conference also featured the Product Showcase Room, where RPI set up their corporate display including the wireless mapping technology used to support VRE and other clients.


Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; Dahlgren, VA; Charleston, SC; Huntsville, AL; San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients. RPI offers cybersecurity services, secure wireless solutions, network engineering and architecture, training and certification testing, aviation systems engineering, and hydro-acoustic research and development.

 Contact
Johnna Hetrick, Marketing Director
10718 Ballantraye Dr. Suite 410
Fredericksburg, VA   22407
jhetrick@rpigroupinc.com
Ph: 540.898.8700

 

RPI Group, Inc. Win TRADOC Contract

May 2017 – Denver, Colorado - The RPI Group and Team RPI Training Members, to include StormWind Studios, will work with the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to provide specialized, scenario-based virtual training to 96 TRADOC Information Assurance (IA) and Information Technology (IT) military and civilian employees.

TRADOC “recruits and trains Soldiers, develops leaders and shapes the Army by building and integrating formations and capabilities.” Their goal is to consistently improve the Army through designing, acquiring and building its future.

The courses that RPI Group will provide include Microsoft 70-697: Install, Configure, and Support Windows 10, CompTIA Security+ (SYO-401), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation and other Cybersecurity courses that support the US Army IA Best Business Practices. 

StormWind Studios® delivers game changing Epic LIVE®, Instructor-Led training that combines state of the art "Hollywood-style" computer generated imagery (CGI) with award-winning instructors, and the most current content available, to create a stunning form of virtual-sensory learning that visually captivates students and increases retention.

Personnel who have completed the virtual training sessions will be tracked, where applicable, using PEARSON VUE’s Asset Management System (AMS) for online practice tests to demonstrate mastery in the subject matter in order to prepare themselves for professional certification. Pearson VUE’s AMS solution will be used to manage TRADOC’s learning resources to ensure students are ready for their certification exam by connecting the student’s exam practice test to the distribution of their exam voucher. This methodology ensures that only students demonstrating competent knowledge and familiarity of the exam objectives (by successfully meeting the practice test thresholds) are provided an exam certification voucher. 


 Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DoD and the commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cyber Security & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network Architecture & Engineering, Training & Certification Testing, Hydro-Acoustic Research & Development, and Acquisition & Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA).   RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; Dahlgren, VA; Charleston, SC; Huntsville, AL; San Diego, CA and Denver, CO.

Contact
Johnna Hetrick, Marketing Director
10718 Ballantraye Dr. Suite 410
Fredericksburg, VA   22407
jhetrick@rpigroupinc.com
Ph: 540.898.8700

 

RPI Group, Inc. Selected for Validation and Wireless Support for Blount Island Command

January 2017 – Jacksonville, Florida - RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) has been selected to provide Validator and Wireless subject matter expert (SME) support to the Blount Island Command (BIC). BIC is a United States Marine Corps Logistics Command located in Jacksonville, Florida. As the hub of the Marine Corps’ prepositioning programs, Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island serves as the home of BIC and its worldwide mission supporting Marine expeditionary forces.

RPI will perform Information Technology (IT) Validation services on four BIC communications projects to include their enterprise network. Additionally, RPI is providing SME support to tune the BIC Air Fortress secure wireless network. This support includes testing, repairing, and installing government funded and provided wireless assets. Furthermore, the Command’s Air Fortress network is beingdocumented and maintained to ensure base wide coverage and to meet government compliance regulations.

RPI will be providing this work via a Consulting Services Contract with BIC. During the period of performance, this contract is available for Marine Corps Organizations/Commands to use that have related cybersecurity, IA, C&A, or wireless requirements.

Ringing in the New Year with Robotics

RPI Group, Inc., Margaret Brent Middle School’s (MBMS) robotics team has new robotics equipment … and just in time for this year’s VEX IQ challenge.

Student participation in the robotics program exploded this year, jumping from two students last season to over 30 participants for the 2016-2017 program.  “I was overjoyed to see the number of students interested in robotics this year,” said Debbie Orgel, MBMS Robotics Coordinator, “then I was overwhelmed by lack of equipment the school had to support that many students.  The team started fundraising immediately but I knew we wouldn’t be able to raise that amount of money in time for the tournament.”

That’s when Kevin Switick, President of AVIAN, and Robert Pleban, President of RPI Group, came to the rescue and purchased kits and competition equipment so the school could register two teams for the upcoming tournament on Jan. 14.  “We are so thankful to Kevin and Robert for their generosity.  Without their support, we could not have accommodated the large number of students this year.  The team is excited to have such wonderful sponsors,” said Orgel.

Robotics programs have been gaining momentum in Southern Maryland over the past several years.  With local teams, such as the RoboBees, Great Mills High School and Ridge Elementary capturing National and World titles, the community is taking notice.  As more and more schools join the robot revolution, community support is going to be critical.  “Investing in students is an investment in our own company’s future,” said Switick. “These are future AVIAN engineers in training and giving them the tools and materials to learn is a small price to pay for the return on investment in the future.”

Robert Pleban sees the advantages of robotics programs in early education as a powerful motivator for engaging students in STEM fields.  “Many people view robotics as an ‘engineering centered’ STEM activity, but robotics programs are so much more.  The coding / programming necessary to successfully compete in these tournaments is astounding.  These students are technology and computer savvy by the time they enter high school and bring an amazing skillset to the workforce,” said Pleban. “With a projected 51 percent increase in computer science positions over the next five years, robotics programs should be common place in school curriculum if we want to ensure a qualified workforce.”


For further information about VEX IQ and the CSM Robotics Challenge visit stem-link.org/activities/robotics.

For more information about TPP’s STEM initiatives visit stem-link.org.

The Patuxent Partnership works with government, industry and academia on programs and initiatives designed to support workforce development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), host programs of interest to the Navy and the broader community and supports research and technology development. Visit www.paxpartnership.org.

RPI Group Inc. Will Be Attending the 2016 Modern Day Marine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: RPI Group Inc. Will Be An Exhibitor at the 2016 Modern Day Marine Exposition at Quantico, VA

Quantico, Virginia – August 25, 2016 RPI Group Inc. is excited to be an exhibitor at the Modern Day Marine (MDM) Exposition for the fourth year in a row.. Stop by and learn how to use Flying Squirrel with Woodchuck as a mobile wireless mapping survey kit and how to scan the Bluetooth spectrum using the Ubertooth One Bluetooth spectrum analyzer. They will also be offering two free professional online courses: SCRUM Fundamentals and Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

Modern Day Marine is sponsored in part by the Marine Corps League and is organized by Marine Military Expositions as a showcase of the latest innovations in military equipment and systems, designed specifically to address the evolving, expeditionary needs of the Marine Corps. The exhibited solutions will help prepare Marines for the opportunities and challenges they will face in our uncertain world.

MDM is co-sponsored by Quantico Marine Corps Base which is home to the Combat Development Command and the Marine Corps Systems Command. These Commands are responsible for setting requirements, developing equipment and systems, and purchasing said equipment and system.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the U.S. DoD. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients. RPI’s core capabilities include: Network Architecture and Engineering, Cyber Security and Secure Wireless Solutions, Training and Certification Testing, Aviation Systems Engineering, Hydro Acoustic Research, and Acquisition and SETA Support. The company is headquartered in Fredericksburg VA with offices in Lexington Park MD (NAS Pax River), King George VA (NSWC Dahlgren), San Diego CA (SPAWAR) and Denver CO.


Additional Links

Modern Day Marine

http://www.marinemilitaryexpos.com/modern-day-marine/home/

RPI Makes 2016 Inc. 5000 List

Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

RPI Group Inc. Ranks No. 2990 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 114%

NEW YORK, August 17, 2016 – Inc. Magazine today ranked RPI Group, Inc. NO. 2990 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

“RPI Group is honored and pleased to be included in the Inc. 5000 for the first time.  We look forward to continued growth and appreciate all our valued partners and clients – as well as our phenomenally talented staff!” states CEO Robert Pleban.

The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 or 5000 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 18th through the 20th, in San Antonio, TX. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as best-selling author and strategist Tony Robbins, SoulCycle co-founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, Cornerstone OnDemand founder, President and CEO Adam Miller, Marvell Technology Group Director and co-founder Weili Dai, and New Belgium Brewing co-founder and executive chair Kim Jordan.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the U.S. DoD. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Network Architecture and Engineering, Cyber Security and Secure Wireless Solutions, Training and Certification Testing, Aviation Systems Engineering, Hydro Acoustic Research, and Acquisition and SETA Support.  The company is headquartered in Fredericksburg VA with offices in Lexington Park MD (NAS Pax River), King George VA (NSWC Dahlgren), San Diego CA (SPAWAR) and Denver CO.


More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

METHODOLOGY

The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 15,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

For more information contact:

Inc. Media

Drew Kerr

212-849-8250

drew@four-corners.com

RPI is awarded a contract to perform a risk and security assessment of the VRE

RPI Group was competitively awarded a contract to perform a risk and security assessment of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) bandwidth and network infrastructure. This assessment includes a plan to develop, optimize and enhance VRE’s critical network infrastructure, assess the security for critical networks/systems, and provide customized security training for VRE’s end users.
 
VRE began operations in 1992 and carries an average of approximately 19,000 weekday trips on two lines. In January 2014, VRE’s Operations Board adopted System Plan 2040 which calls for expansion of service, requiring the addition of railcars, expansion of station and yard facilities, as well as expanding operations to meet the goal of doubling ridership by 2040.
 
The primary mission of VRE is to provide commuter-oriented passenger rail service between outlying suburbs and the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria urban core. Some tourists and “day-trippers” also ride the trains. The service is heavily oriented towards that core area in the morning peak and in the opposite direction in the evening peak.
 
A risk and security assessment of this scope and magnitude has never been undertaken by VRE. The RPI Group proposal for this effort was ranked first among seven qualified offerors ranging from other small businesses to large businesses with 10,000+ employees. 
 
This work is in addition to the ongoing support RPI is providing for the VRE installation of the federally-mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) wireless network.  RPI conducted an in-depth site survey and provided VRE with a recommended solution that would ensure a rugged, reliable, and secure wireless network required for PTC operations.
 
Craig Hartburg, the Director of Operations & Security at RPI Group states, ‘“We are excited about the opportunity to serve alongside of VRE to protect and improve their network which is a critical part of the Virginia transportation infrastructure.” 
 
Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD, Dahlgren, VA, Huntsville, AL, San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients. 

RPI Group Inc. Speaks at Local Cyber Camp

Jeff Watts, Director of Cybersecurity for RPI Group Inc., facilitated an engaging workshop at James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg City, Virginia. A team from RPI joined high-school students as they kicked-off day one of the two week Virginia CyberCamp 2016, a summer state-funded program. The goal of CyberCamp 2016 is to increase awareness of careers in cybersecurity and engage students in project-driven learning, ultimately providing students a foundation in which they can pursue a cybersecurity related course of study and certification during the upcoming school year. James Monroe High School contacted RPI in early spring requesting the company’s voluntary participation. 

Jeff’s two and a half hour presentation revolved around three principles: Cyber Safety, Cyber Security and Cyber Ethics. Through an interactive format, students remained engaged, answering questions, sharing stories, and working with fellow students on case studies while learning basic to advanced cybersecurity fundamentals. Even the adults in the room where fascinated by Jeff’s steganography and netstat demonstrations.     

Matt Skinner, Jacquelyn Brookins and Joe Pleban accompanied Jeff by providing brief introductions and different cybersecurity perspectives.Matt spoke about his traditional college route in discovering his interest in technology and how he has navigated his way towards his current technical career with RPI.  Jacquelyn provided insight to what organizations look for when hiring IT professionals, emphasizing the importance of good communication skills and continuing education. Lastly, Joe caught the crowd’s attention with an interesting look at technology advancements in prosthetics and how Bluetooth technologies have been used to power mimicking movements in prosthetic limbs.  
Overall, Jeff delivered an age appropriate presentation to some highly-advanced technical students. The main purpose for RPI was to get young men and women excited about the cybersecurity field. Jeff opened the minds of high-schoolers to the good they can do for our country with integrity, knowledge and a passion for working in STEM.  

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD, Dahlgren, VA, Huntsville, AL, San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  


Additional Links 

Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Education http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2016/039-16.shtml

 

 

RPI Group, Inc. Is Awarded VRE Contract

RPI Group was competitively awarded a contract to perform a risk and security assessment of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) bandwidth and network infrastructure, develop a plan to optimize and enhance VRE’s critical network infrastructure, and provide security training for VRE’s end users.

VRE began operations in 1992 and carries an average of approximately 19,000 weekday trips on two (2) lines. In January 2014, VRE’s Operations Board adopted System Plan 2040 which calls for expansion of service, requiring the addition of railcars, expansion of station and yard facilities, as well as expanding operations to meet the goal of doubling ridership by 2040.

The primary mission of VRE is to provide commuter-oriented passenger rail service between outlying suburbs and the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria urban core. Some tourists and “day-trippers” also ride the trains. The service is heavily oriented towards that core area in the morning peak and in the opposite direction in the evening peak.

A risk and security assessment of this scope and magnitude has never been undertaken by VRE. The RPI Group proposal for this effort was ranked first among seven qualified offerors ranging from other small businesses to large businesses with 10,000+ employees. 


Craig Hartburg, the Director of Operations & Security at RPI Group states, ‘“We are excited about the opportunity to serve alongside of VRE to protect and improve their network which is a critical part of the Virginia transportation infrastructure.” 


Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD, Dahlgren, VA, Huntsville, AL, San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients. 


Additional Links

VRE | http://www.vre.org/

RPI Group is proud to introduce Decision Point's new Cyber Security Book "Get Secure or Get Hacked"

RPI Group’s SVP, William Rybczynski, wrote the forward for a new Cyber Security book, “Get Secure or Get Hacked.” William has over 20 years of cybersecurity technical and training experience supporting the U.S. Department of Defense. He is professionally certified as a CISSP, CISM, NSA IAM and NSA IEM. He also served 20 years as a United States Marine and was selected as one of the Marine Corps first Information Assurance Technicians (MOS 0689) retiring in 2006 after serving as the Information Assurance Chief, Headquarters, C4 where his responsibilities included management of the Marine Corps Information Assurance Program. 

Author John ‘Lex’ Robinson, a military veteran and security expert, has over 25 years' experience in information technology and secure communications. He has managed small business technical teams as well as consulted global corporations in fields ranging from Security Awareness and Risk Management to Infrastructure Development and Service Delivery Process Improvements. As the founder of Decision Point Security and HU1 Opsec, Lex has turned his attention from a focus on technical solutions and delivery to leading a push for a broader understanding of the human element's impact on cyber security operations. 


Get Secure or Get Hacked shows you how to better protect your family, small business or corporation from hackers and other malicious criminals. You will improve your security with a shift in mindset and simple daily actions that guide you to safety. 

Think about it. 

Are you secure now? What if your PC was hacked and your identity was stolen? What if someone breached your company network and stole your development plans? What if there was a natural disaster that destroyed your technology and home? How would you recover? What would you do? 

More importantly, what if you could have prevented disaster with a few simple changes? 

NOW you can! 

Imagine taking action each day and becoming more secure than the day before, confident that you have done all you can to avoid having your life stolen, your family’s safety compromised or your company put out of business. 

How much more secure will you be? 

John ‘Lex’ Robinson, in his first public release, provides a daily action guide to improve your security starting right now. 

In Get Secure or Get Hacked you will learn. 

• How to identify and safeguard critical information
• How to spot email phishing scams and avoid them
• How to protect yourself and your family from online fraud
• How to safely browse and shop online
• How to apply hacking countermeasures and secure your devices
• And much, much more… 

BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDED – Learn how to complete the HU1Opsec Security Assessment Process, identify your specific risk profile and implement improvements. 


 

For more information or to purchase, please visit Amazon.com.

RPI Group Inc. Sponsors inNOVAtion Hackathon

Woodbridge, Virginia – April 8, 2016- RPI Group Inc. and Team RPI Training were one of the sponsors for the first annual inNOVAtion Hackathon at Northern Virginia Community College. A Hackathon is an event where people come together to solve problems creatively using technology. For the inNOVAtion Hackathon, they scheduled a 36-hour period filled with “tech talks, programming, cyber security practice, and cutting edge creation.” Sponsors created challenges for the students to solve. On Sunday, the participants presented their solutions and ideas to the group of over 350 people. 

Friday night featured keynote speaker, Dr. Ray Letteer, SISO of the U.S. Marine Corp followed by the beginning of the 36-hour coding period. Saturday included a tech expo and tech talk by RPI’s Jeff Watts who spoke about wireless assessments and advice for the cybersecurity career field. Sunday concluded the event with presentations and awards. RPI was excited to see the results of the Virtual Reality Display as a result of their sponsored challenge. 

RPI’s booth was fitted with Ubertooth One Bluetooth device that displayed Bluetooth emitters as well as a spectrum analysis of Bluetooth frequencies. There was also a wireless assessment tool passively scanning the wireless activity throughout the conference. RPI also gave away an Ubertooth One, an open source 2.4 GHz wireless development platform suitable for Bluetooth experimentation. 

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD, Dahlgren, VA, Huntsville, AL, San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients. 

RPI Group Inc. and Team RPI Training Launch Cloud Training Initiative

Fredericksburg, Virginia – February 4, 2015- RPI Group Inc. and Team RPI Training are proud to announce the launch of their Cloud Training Initiative. Together with the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) and Itpreneurs, RPI is now providing vendor-neutral foundational training to their clients and the community. These courses are designed to "accelerate successful cloud adoption through world-class training and certification.”

Through this training, Team RPI helps businesses and IT professionals prepare for the ever evolving landscape of cloud computing. Students and organizations will gain deep knowledge of the cloud and its possibilities. Students will gain confidence in their skills to demonstrate what they know in today’s market. The CCC offers the broadest portfolio of cloud computing certifications for specific job functions and various experience levels. Extensive research was conducted to highlight those IT roles which are critical for successful cloud adoption and readiness.

The Cloud Credential Council (CCC) is an international organization developing cloud readiness and competence through key IT roles and professionals. They have been expanding their members to public sector and academic institutions, cloud service providers, cloud users, cloud training providers, professional associations and international certification bodies across the world.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD, Dahlgren, VA, Huntsville, AL, San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.

RPI Director of Cybersecurity is speaking at ISACA Virginia Chapter Luncheon Meeting

Fredericksburg, Virginia – February 25, 2016- Jeff Watts of RPI Group Inc. is speaking at the ISACA Virginia Chapter Luncheon Meeting at the Place at Innsbrook on Thursday, March 3rd in Glen Allen, Virginia. He will be discussing the challenges of ICS/OT that focuses on older technology, requires local and remote access, and has damaging service interruptions. The presentation will address ways to assess and secure ICS/OT and help identify a path forward for their secure use on individual networks including how to properly accredit them on DoD networks under the Rick Management Framework (RMF).

As an independent, nonprofit, global association, ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. ISACA was incorporated in 1969 by a small group of individuals who recognized a need for a centralized source of information and guidance in the growing field of auditing controls for computer systems. Today, ISACA serves 140,000 professionals in 180 countries.

Jeff Watts is the Director of Cybersecurity for RPI Group Inc. For the last 15+ years, Jeff has worked supporting the DOD in various positions starting at the MCNOSC, administering VPNs, firewalls, routers, and switches in support of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). In 2003, he went to work for the USMC DAA providing support in the areas of IA risk management and vulnerability assessments as well as drafting policies for secure WiFi use, Firewalls, VPNs, and remote access. Jeff has experience in all aspects of the C&A process to include working directly for the CA and DAA, supporting customers going through the validation process as well as conducted many validations as a USMC Validator. Additionally, he conducted IA training for more than 1000 DoD personnel, participated in the development of commercial wireless networking policies for the USMC, DoN, and DoD as well as working with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) on wireless network discovery tools and techniques. Jeff has been selected to present at many conferences including DallasCon, NSA sponsored Joint Wireless Working Group (JWWG), Federal Computing Weekly (FCW) Homeland Security, AFCEA East and West, NSA Red Team/Blue Team Symposium (REBL), USMC IA Conference, and the DOD Cyber Crime Conference. He joined RPI in late 2015.
 

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD, Dahlgren, VA, Huntsville, AL, San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients. 

Additional Links

ISACA:  https://www.isaca.org/Pages/default.aspx

Event Information: http://www.cvent.com/events/assess-and-secure-industrial-control-systems-operational-technologies-ics-ot-/event-summary-6646b0a95c544fd7b24261574966c150.aspx?i=2c62aeeb-cc6b-4313-ac64-7b39c2110913