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Mar. 27, 2017 12:53 pm

With growth into commercial sector, Trivalent’s data protection enters ‘rugged’ market

As of Monday, the Annapolis company's cybersecurity software will be in Getac's super-tough tablets and notebooks. And they're hiring.
Trivalent CEO Ermis Sfakiyanudis at the company’s Annapolis offices.

Trivalent CEO Ermis Sfakiyanudis at the company's Annapolis offices.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

In cybersecurity, there’s a lot of focus on preventing a breach, or what happens if there is one. Trivalent assumes that you will be breached.

“What we do is change the properties of your data so it’s unusable to anyone who would want to steal it,” said Ermis Sfakiyanudis, CEO of the Annapolis-based company. In technical terms, the process involves a combination of encryption, shredding and storage that happens at the file level.

Founded in 2010, the company began by working with the U.S. Department of Defense, and was approved by the National Security Agency to protect classified information on mobile devices, whether they were switched on or off.

One key to this is that the software can protect data at all times, no matter where it’s stored or being transmitted.

“The security travels with the data,” Sfakiyanudis said.

He and cofounder Rick Bueno knew from the start that it also had implications for the private sector. In 2017, the company has been ramping up its commercial offerings. The company announced Monday that its software will be included in devices made by Getac, a Taiwanese maker of “rugged” tablets and notebooks. The devices are made to withstand tough conditions, and often also work in fields that require transmitting classified information.

“Getac’s partnership with Trivalent further differentiates our rugged devices and our commitment to customer safety and security in a highly competitive marketplace,” Rowina Lee, Getac’s vice president of global sales and business development, said in a statement.

Sfakiyanudis said the company is also eying expansion in finance and healthcare.

The development has brought growth. Sfakiyanudis said the company has gone from three to 32 employees since 2014. The company is currently hiring for just shy of 10 positions.

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