A veteran-owned cybersecurity firm headquartered in Columbia expects to create 60 new jobs after winning multiple contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense.
VOR Technology LLC, founded by U.S. Army veteran Anthony Lawrence three years ago, currently has three Maryland locations where employees work on more than 20 government contracts.
State officials announced Tuesday the firm will receive a $50,000 loan through the Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business No-Interest Loan program, which is open to veterans who own a business as well as active members of the military and companies that employ military reservists, National Guard members called to active duty and service-disabled veterans. The funding will be used to pay for equipment upgrades, such as new computer hardware and software to train new employees.
"We take pride in the support we provide to the DoD in its mission to protect our nation's critical infrastructure," Lawrence said in a statement. "There is an invisible war being fought in cyberspace and many individuals don't know it's happening until they are impacted. This loan program will provide additional funding in our efforts to use innovative, unconventional software and hardware solutions to protect commercial and military communications."
"We are proud of our veterans, and proud of the success of VOR Technology LLC," Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said in a statement. "The rapid growth of the company and the demand for its services is a testament to how capable and innovative our service men and women can be after they leave the military."