Someone right now is tapping away at a computer keyboard, scanning lines of code of a company’s website or database, poking around for weaknesses to exploit.
If that company is lucky, that person on a keyboard is someone working for TrustedSec, whose employees are hired by firms to hack their systems so they can address any weaknesses.
“Companies will hire us to serve as hackers, so they can protect themselves from the bad hackers,” said David Kennedy, 39, the founder and CEO of the company.
There have been several well-publicized cybersecurity hacks that show the damage that someone with ill intent and a computer can accomplish, such as the Colonial Pipeline hack and a ransomware attack that hit a Texas town. Protecting information that is stored online and electronically is critical.
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TrustedSec recently moved its headquarters from Strongsville to new digs just off of Ridgewood Road in Fairlawn, celebrating it opening in early May.
The new three-story, 20,000-square-foot corporate complex includes a cyber war room, digital forensics lab, cyber incident intrusion center and a device hacking lab for testing “Internet of Things” devices, medical devices, ATMs, and more. The sleek, modern-looking building has some diversions as well, such as pinball machines, arcade games and even space for shuffleboard. There’s also a nap room; Kennedy said he often takes a 20-minute power nap in the afternoon.
This is a far cry from how TrustedSec started, in the basement of Kennedy’s former home in Berea in 2011. Kennedy and his wife Erin, who serves as chief fiscal officer for TrustedSec, currently live in Granger Township with their three children.
TrustedSec’s first office space was in Hudson, Kennedy said, in the spot once occupied by the former Saywell’s Drug Store.
“I loved that space,” he said. “But we outgrew it.”
Currently, there are 143 employees at TrustedSec and 160 employees at Binary Defense, its Stow sister company, from “all around the world” —…