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

RPI Group Inc. Welcomes Expert Trainer Kimberly Casperson, PMP to Team RPI Training

Fredericksburg VA – RPI Group Inc. is pleased to welcome Expert Trainer Kimberly Casperson to Team RPI Training. Ms. Casperson will lead onsite Project Management Professional (PMP) Training Courses. She is a very passionate and accomplished full-time PMP certification instructor. Kimberly keeps the students engaged and goes beyond what’s expected to ensure students understand the intense material, while adding elements of challenge and entertainment to the classroom. Students include active military, veterans, consultants, and federal, state, and local government personnel in all spectrums of private industries.

Kimberly is a creative and intuitive project manager skilled in corporate training and marketing with over 15 years of professional experience consulting in healthcare, financial, biopharmaceutical research, manufacturing, and construction services. She utilizes the Project Management Institute’s PMP methodologies and best practices to meet project objectives within budget and deadline constraints. She effectively leads cross-functional teams and facilitates project meetings, communications, and presentations to manage stakeholder expectations.

Kimberly is results driven, accountable, and process improvement focused. She possesses skills such as communication, team building, leadership and problem-solving allowing her to work closely with stakeholders and key, cross-functional personnel. She provides a strong work ethic coupled with a commitment to excellence in all projects undertaken. 

Kimberly is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has worked for the DOD at Edwards AFB, CA, and the State of Ohio's Department of Development. 

USMC Cybersecurity Wireless Assessment

Fredericksburg, VA – January 7, 2016- RPI Group, Inc. has been awarded a subcontract to support the United States Marine Corps Logistics Command (LOGCOM) wireless networks.  LOGCOM is the single biggest user of secure WiFi networks in the USMC and have led the way in their implementation and use.  RPI will perform a technical assessment of the Wireless Network Infrastructure located at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, GA. RPI will then determine, develop and recommend a strategic roadmap of options and business cases that will be utilized by LOGCOM to facilitate aligning the wireless network with USMC/DON/DOD Best Practices to ensure a secure and reliable wireless network is available to support LOGCOMs mission.  This effort will be spearheaded by Mr. Jeff Watts, RPI’s Director of Cybersecurity.  The project will begin in late January 2016.

RPI Group Inc. Receives Veteran Institute For Procurement Certification

RPI Group Inc. recently completed the Veteran Institute Procurement (VIP), a comprehensive training and certification program that helps veteran-owned businesses strengthen their ability to win government contracts and do business with both military and civilian agencies they once served in uniform.

On October 22, 2015, RPI Group Inc. was one of 50 businesses from 13 states and the District of Columbia to graduate from the National Center for the Veteran Institute for Procurement. During the program’s graduation, Robert Pleban was presented with a congressional citation on behalf of RPI Group Inc.

The first program of its kind in the nation, VIP is conducted by professional subject-matter specialists in the essentials necessary to win government contracts: law, accounting, insurance, human resources, marketing and proposals. It also provides participants with access to Federal and prime contracting executives along with a national network of veteran owned small businesses that they can team with on opportunities.

Since its launch in 2009, VIP has helped 546 service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses grow.  A survey of 184 of the program's graduates determined that 2,018 new jobs were created and the size of their businesses increased by an average of 49% within a year of graduating from the Institute. More than 82% of surveyed graduates credited VIP for equipping them to make recent business decisions and avoid unseen pitfalls. Additionally, veteran-owned businesses are more likely to hire, mentor and train other war veterans as they transition to private life, which is a national priority.  

"We are honored to give back to the men and women who served our country by providing them with the tools necessary to succeed as government contractors." said Barbara Ashe, President of the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation. “We hope this training fosters their success as businesses and employers.”

VIP is a three-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program. Participants must be a C-level leader in a Veteran-owned small business operating for at least two years with a minimum of 3 full time employees, and experience working on government contracts as a prime and/or sub-contractor to a prime. With volunteer instructors and at no cost to participants, VIP is fully funded by the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, partners, and VIP sponsors.

For information on VIP: Barbara Ashe, 301-738-0015 x215; bashe@mcccmd.com

For additional information, please visit www.NationalVip.org or the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation

Jeff Watts of RPI Group was a Panelist on the 3rd Annual Cyber Security Panel for the AFCEA Quantico Potomac Chapter

 As a part of National Cyber Security Awareness month, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Quantico Potomac Chapter hosted their third annual Cyber Security Panel at the Clubs at Quantico, VA.  The panel was moderated by Dr. Ray Letteer (Senior Information Assurance Official, USMC) and provided an open forum on the Risk Management Framework (RMF) processes and procedures as they apply to the Industrial Control Systems (ICS)/Operational Technology environment within the defense community. The Panel included participants from DoD CIO, NAVFAC CIO, HQMC C4 IA, and Jeff Watts of RPI Group.

Jeff Watts joined RPI in 2015 after working within the DOD for over 30 years including time as a systems engineer on the Space Shuttle project at Vandenberg AFB, CA, an Electronics Warfare Technician (EWC SW/AW) and Master Training Specialist for the US Navy, and for various defense contractors in the cyber security and secure wireless arenas. For the last 15+ years, Jeff has worked supporting the defense community in various positions within the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center (MCNOSC) and HQMC IA providing support in the areas of IA risk management, Certification & Accreditation (C&A) support, training, secure architecture design, vulnerability assessments, and secure wireless network installations and maintenance. Jeff has presented at numerous conferences to include 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.

RPI Group, Inc. Adds Director of Cybersecurity to Support Growing Business Area

 RPI Group announced today that it has hired Jeff Watts as Director of Cybersecurity to lead business development efforts for its growing Cybersecurity and Secure Wireless Solutions business areas. 

Mr. Watts brings over 30 years of experience within the commercial marketplace and the Department of Defense (DOD) to RPI including time as a systems engineer on the Space Shuttle project at Vandenberg AFB, CA and as an Electronics Warfare Technician (EWC SW/AW) in the US Navy. After leaving active duty in 1998, he relocated to Virginia where he has worked in the DOD marketplace in various cybersecurity positions/organizations to include the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center (MCNOSC), Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) C4 Information Assurance (IA) where he provided support in the areas of IA risk management and vulnerability assessments, and transferred to the Smartronix Cyber Solutions group before joining RPI Group in their Fredericksburg, VA office.

Jeff has experience in all aspects of the Certification & Accreditation (C&A) process to include working directly for the Certification Authority (CA) and Designating Accrediting Authority (DAA), supporting customers going through the validation process as well as conducting numerous validations as a USMC Validator. Additionally, he has conducted IA training for more than 1,000 DOD personnel, participated in the development of commercial wireless networking policies for the USMC, Department of the Navy (DoN), and DOD as well as working with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) on wireless network discovery tools and techniques.  Mr. Watts has presented at many conferences to include 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.