Cyberblack Is a Small Business Bringing Cybersecurity to Washington DC

By Elijah Labby Sunday, February 7, 2021

The United States Capitol is the hub of global political power, and as such, it’s a constant target for malicious actors, whether in-person or online. One small business working to provide cybersecurity services for Washington DC-area companies and other clients is Cyberblack, which aims to help “clients solve information technology issues with fresh and innovative approaches.”

Digital art of a cybersecurity shield.

Cyberblack founder and Chief Executive Officer Brett Hodges told Startup Savant that the company provides “a mixture of technical and non-technical services such as penetration testing (hacking), security operations and monitoring, incident response, security assessments, compliance, training and a variety of sensitive projects at the request of our clients.”

Cyberblack’s Mission

Hodges is the only full-time employee of the company — he delegates work to about ten contractors — so he spends much of his time chasing down new leads in a competitive business space. Still, the small business owner says it is rewarding to watch the cybersecurity company provide new clients value.

“I am out trying to win new work to continue the growth,” he said of the cybersecurity company. “This can be a challenge because there are so many hours in the day, but it has been a rewarding grind in seeing hard work and persistence come to fruition.”

The cybersecurity business is a valuable one — it’s growing at a rate of over 10% annually and is expected to be worth nearly $250 billion by 2023 — but while it’s a valuable business to be in monetarily, it’s also beneficial to the lives of everyone that has an electric device.

The Importance of Cybersecurity

In a time when nearly everyone is online, digital security is perhaps more important than ever for a company. The cybersecurity firm PurpleSec reported that cyberattacks cost small businesses an average of $34,604 in 2018. The firm also noted that nearly half of cyberattacks are focused on small business.

That’s where Cyberblack comes in and works to keep its clients safe from cyberattacks at competitive prices. The company has seen success so far, such that Hodges is looking to expand into a team of company employees focused on bringing unique value to Capitol-area clients.

“I hope to continue growing Cyberblack to become a leader in the cybersecurity space and continue to be a trusted partner to those organizations,” Hodges said. “I would also like to start bringing on some people full time to the Cyberblack team (we are close!) over the next year and start to shift my work focus to building the business.”

At the end of the day, however, the small business owner said he just loves the work.

“I love what I do,” he said, “so I never fully want to give up the fun projects we do, so I hope to continue executing alongside the teams.”

About the Author

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Elijah Labby is a graduate of the National Journalism Center. He has previously written for Broadband Breakfast, a technology and internet policy website.

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