Underlying Values Connect Cybersecurity with Community for Durham’s StrongKey.
“Assume your network will be breached, your people will be phished, and attackers will be able to access your data,” says Jake Kiser, COO of StrongKey, a cybersecurity company who has called Durham its East Coast home since 2018. Starting with the premise that data breaches are inevitable, StrongKey helps organizations protect and secure sensitive data to ensure breaches are irrelevant.
In choosing Durham to launch the company’s growth phase, StrongKey stayed true to their company values which include creating tech for the betterment of everyone, appreciating the people they work with, and acting ethically.
“We believe in Durham,” says Kiser. “We’re proud to be part of this vibrant and diverse community. We chose Durham as our second home in part because of Durham’s historical and ongoing willingness to advance social change based on civil action and discourse matches our values.” With about half of its 26 employees based in Durham, StrongKey takes community involvement as seriously as it does its cybersecurity–hiring locally, engaging with local tech education, and giving back through local nonprofits.”
And the company has heeded the call to do its part to protect the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by having all team members work from home with consistent support to manage personal and work responsibilities. StrongKey also quickly produced a free webinar “Mitigating Security Risks for Remote Employees during COVID-19” to share their expertise to help other organizations transition with easily implementable tips.
“As a company StrongKey has a pretty strong sense of who we are and what’s important,” says Kiser. “And our extensive experience allows us to work with all kinds of companies from protecting sensitive payments and health data to integrating with complex manufacturing processes and industrial IoT equipment. From an industry standpoint we believe open source hardware-based key management is hands down the best cybersecurity solution. We guard access with strong authentication; protect against tampering with digital signatures; and secure sensitive data with tokenized encryption and encrypted file management.”
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