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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 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. 

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.

Why get your Professional Cloud Certification?

As an IT professional, you play a key role in driving adoption of cloud. More and more organizations are investing in cloud technologies and courses. But without an IT team fully trained in cloud competencies, these organizations are unable to get full ROI out of their investment or derive full value from the cloud.

RPI Group makes it easy. Our Training Team schedules and manages a number of Professional Cloud Certification Classes that could play a key role in your professional development and in helping organizations moving to the cloud. Our role-based professional cloud road map will help you find the right professional cloud course for you. Depending upon the course chosen, your IT team can learn maintenance of the cloud platform, the application design process, security management, cloud information architecture or measuring of cloud delivery. All cloud courses are practical, business focused, vendor neutral and role based, and there are no prerequisites.

RPI Group offers five, three-day courses accredited by the Cloud Credential Council complete with an exam and certification. For more information, contact us at training@RPiGroupInc.com or visit our website at www.rpigroupinc.com/training.

RPI Group Inc. expands Cybersecurity Division to Dahlgren, VA

RPI Group has opened up a new branch of its Cybersecurity Division at the UMW Center for Education and Research in Dahlgren, VA.  The new branch gives RPI the ability to host cybersecurity training in the high-tech classrooms available at the Center.

Previously, RPI worked with Team Cyber to host cybersecurity training.  The new classrooms in Dahlgren allow RPI to offer training within their own space.  The Dahlgren office is a step in the right direction as RPI brings more of its cybersecurity training in-house for 2014.  RPI chose Dahlgren in order to expand its Cybersecurity Division to the Navy.

Securing the nation’s cyberspace capabilities and infrastructure is critically important to the Department of Defense and other government agencies.  In February of 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.   This order is the first major legislation since 2002 in respect to expanding our nation’s cybersecurity presence.  The military also has plans to expand its cybersecurity capabilities.  In 2013, the Navy planned on bringing 800 cyber service members online, and adding an additional 1,000 over the next three years.

RPI Group recently launched the Cybersecurity Division on May 1, 2011 in Denver, CO.  Since its launch, the Cybersecurity Division has expanded by working with the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center (MCNOSC) in Quantico, VA.  RPI provides highly-qualified employees to work in the MCNOSC, as well as offering training to the Marines and civilians that work within.  The Cybersecurity division is led by Mr. William Rybczynski (CISSP, CISM, NSA IAM/IEM, Security+).  Mr. Rybczynski (Bill) is a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, whose last assignment was as Information Assurance Chief of Information Assurance (C4), Headquarters, USMC.  Since retiring 8 years ago, Bill has garnered exceptional industry experience in the DoD Cyber Security marketplace.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group, Inc. is a privately-held, service disabled, veteran-owned company providing a variety of tailored services including specialized program management, systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) support to the National Security Community and the Defense Department, Federal government relations, undersea warfare subject matter expertise, and aviation systems engineering.  Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in San Diego, Denver, and now Dahlgren, RPI serves national and international clients.

Additional Links:

Executive Order: https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42984.pdf

Navy Cybersecurity Information: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120262

UMW Dahlgren Center: http://dahlgren.umw.edu/