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A Fast-growing cybersecurity in Montgomery County has named a new Chairman of its Board of Directors who recently took a space flight by way of Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company.
Venture capitalist and cyber tech entrepreneur Lane Bess has been appointed Chairman at Sepio, a Rockville-based cybersecurity company focused on developing software for Zero Trust Hardware Access (ZTHA).
Lane Bess and his son Cameron joined six others on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space flight service that took place on December 11, 2021. The historic moment for Bezos’ Blue Origin took place in the company’s New Shepard NS-19 space capsule and lasted 11 minutes.
Bess and Cameron became the first father and son team to make it into space. Others on the flight included Dylan Taylor, Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan, and Evan Dick.
"I feel very privileged to take on this role at such a crucial time for the cyber security industry," said Bess. "Demand for Sepio's HAC-1 solution is rapidly growing because no other technology uses physical layer fingerprinting to provide risk management and full visibility into the infrastructure and identify rogue devices, which can be used to inject ransomware and malware and steal data."
"On behalf of the Sepio Board, I would like to thank my friend Tamir for his contributions to the company's growth and success over the years," said Sepio CEO and co-founder Yossi Appleboum. "The team is looking forward to working with Lane to elevate the company to even greater successes. He is extremely motivated and passionate, and we appreciate his strong belief in our company."
Sepio raised $4 million back in March 2020, led by Munich Re Ventures. The funding went towards software development and its Zero Trust platform, which is a software architecture that helps reduce an organization's risk exposure to internal and external threats beyond boundaries.
Cybersecurity is one of the latest industries Maryland and Montgomery County have been pursuing in recent years. Columbia-based Tenable is the biggest firm in the Baltimore-Washington area with a sole focus on cybersecurity. The Howard County company has a market capitalization of over $5.6 billion.
Back in 2014, Montgomery County was able to lure the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), part of Gaithersburg-based National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The center at the former William Hanna Center for Innovation at Shady Grove incubator in North Rockville includes members of the cybersecurity industry from the private, government, and academia realms. $558 Million was invested in Maryland cyber companies in 2020, according to the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.