Security Vitals Selected as 2019 Southeast Michigan SmartZone Best Small Business by Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB)
Pontiac, MI – Security Vitals has been selected as a 2019 Southeast Michigan SmartZone Best Small Business from Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB), the most prestigious, small-business awards program in the state of Michigan. Michigan Celebrates Small Business recognizes small businesses in a variety of different industries and fields whose growth supports Michigan’s economy. The mission of the program is to honor and recognize Michigan’s small business people as well as those champions and advocates that support them.
Macomb-Oakland Incubator nominated Security Vitals as 2019 Southeast Michigan SmartZone Best Small Business. The designation of SmartZone Best Small Business is awarded for demonstrating a strong relationship with the support organization as well as significant success as a company.
Corporate cyber security is a fast-moving field with many players and diverse requirements across industries. In particular, the cyber-security standard NIST 800-171 became an important compliance challenge in 2017-2018 for the more than 1,000 Michigan-based manufacturers holding contracts with the Federal government. In response, Security Vitals developed and launched its Compliance as a Service (CaaS) program to deliver the hardware, software, and consulting support necessary to help these companies achieve compliance and retain their government contracts. The company has developed a strong track record by driving compliance for organizations ranging from 3-person operations to Fortune 500 firms. Insights gained through data collected for the CaaS program led to the development of a new dashboard solution for vulnerability management. The Vulnerability Management Program (VMP) was released in 2018 to provide executives and operations staff with critical insights that dramatically improve the effectiveness of vulnerability risk management.
Security Vitals was building out the Compliance as a Service offering when it was introduced to the Velocity organization in Macomb County. The timing was outstanding as a marketing program, pricing configurator, and legal service agreements were items that required external support. The Velocity team helped organize the application and business plan to obtain a funding award of nearly $15,000. In fact, the pricing configurator developed for CaaS is being revised to support pricing for the VMP.
The relationship formed during the planning phase has built a strong foundation for continued synergy between the two organizations. “We are humbled by this nomination from our colleagues at Macomb-Oakland Incubator through our work with Velocity,” says Rob Cote, President of Security Vitals.
Security Vitals self-funded its initial development of the CaaS program and was awarded a $15,000 grant in 2017 from Macomb OU-Incubator’s Business Accelerator Fund (BAF). The BAF award helped Security Vitals successfully launch its CaaS offering. CaaS has had a big impact on the organization as Security Vitals’ revenues have grown by 60% and staff headcount has increased 30% since unveiling the program offering. The firm has also partnered with Duo Security, a leader in two-factor authentication technology based in Ann Arbor, to support DoD, NASA, and General Services Administration (GSA) supplier compliance programs.
Since receiving the award, Security Vitals has been a guest speaker at Velocity public events, supported other award recipients through an application security test, referred other entrepreneurs for program funding, and provided input for the cyber security intern program.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and SmartZones are organizations located across the state that provide support services to Michigan small businesses. Each regional PTAC, SBDC, or SmartZone may only select one company to be recognized as Best Small Business.
Selected regional Best Small Business recipients also undergo a judging process to determine a single statewide Best Small Business of the Year award recipient for each category (PTAC, SBDC, or SmartZone). This business receives additional special recognition. The “Of the Year” recipient is selected by a panel of judges based on the information provided by the region and the business.
About Security Vitals
Security Vitals is a cyber security solutions firm that helps organizations identify and effectively mitigate the risk of data loss, business disruption, and reputational impact tied to cyber threats. Offering a blend of technology and consulting services, the team applies creative solutions that solve the most challenging elements of compliance and cyber security. securityvitals.com
About Michigan Celebrates Small Business
The Best Small Business awards are presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. The MCSB awards program received over 600 award nominations in 2019. Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) is a collaboration of trusted statewide founding organizations who offer resources for small businesses. Since 2005, Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala has placed a spotlight on how small businesses positively impact our communities and state. The MCSB organization is focused on supporting, promoting and celebrating small businesses in Michigan.
The Michigan Small Business Development Center is the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2019. Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration - Michigan, Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Business Network, and the Small Business Association of Michigan.
Founding sponsors are the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, AF Group, and Dynamic Edge, Inc. www.MichiganCelebrates.org