Cybersecurity

RPI Group, Inc. Part of Team Selected by MARCORSYSCOM to Modernize MAGTF Logistics Support Systems

September 2018 – RPI Group is part of a team led by Tactical Edge, Inc. that was recently awarded a prime contract award with Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM). The contract award, worth up to $49 million split over 5 years, was awarded to modernize three of the systems within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Logistics Support Systems (MLS2) software suite. This effort will focus on consolidating the three systems that make up the MLS2 software suite, into a single baseline utilizing a single Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) approach to reduce the total lifecycle sustainment costs while improving data quality and end-user capabilities.

The effort kicked off on September 5, 2018, with development, Information Assurance (IA), management, and support work being performed at multiple sites around the world. The three systems that make up the MLS2 software suite include Common Logistics Command and Control System (CLC2S), Transportation Capacity Planning Tool (TCPT), and the Storage Retrieval Automated Tracking Integrated System (STRATIS). STRATIS is also supported via a Secure Wireless (Air Fortress) infrastructure, enabling flexible warehouse management capabilities. Together, these systems provide a variety of Logistics-focused functions to the warfighter, including request management, supply and asset management, transportation planning, warehouse management, and secure wireless networking.

Leading the effort for RPI Group will be Retired Marine Master Sergeant William Rybczynski. With over 30 years of experience supporting and leading Cybersecurity efforts in the Marine Corps, Mr. Rybczynski has a wealth of knowledge to share. According to Mr. Rybczynski: “RPI Group is excited to be a part of this robust team supporting the warfighting mission. Ensuring the continued operation of this software suite allows the Marine Corps to have a robust system that provides information critical to both leadership and the individual Marine. We are proud to be a part of an incredible team focused on maintaining and maximizing the effectiveness of the MLS2 suite.”

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. 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

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

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.