ABOUT US

We bring trust and reliability to the digital world for our customers and partners. Our clients depend on us to implement strong authentication, protect information and identities, test for evolving certification standards, and secure other high-value assets.

LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP

Cygnacom Solutions was founded in 1994 to provide professional information security services and cryptographic solutions to government and business clients. Cygnacom specialized in emerging Public Key Infrastructure technologies, and designing and implementing some of the first PKI solutions for US government and commercial customers. By 1999, Cygnacom had partnered with Entrust, Inc. to provide professional services to support US Federal, State, and US-based commercial PKI customers.

The Cygnacom facilities were also among the first to be accredited by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program for information technology security testing against the federal cryptographic criteria (Common Criteria (ISO/IEC 15408).

In March 2000, Entrust, Inc. acquired Cygnacom Solutions as a wholly owned subsidiary. Cygnacom continued to support the Entrust and Cygnacom customer base with PKI, authentication, mobile and derived credentials, and cloud-based services. Cygnacom built and operates the first data center for the Entrust Managed Service, providing certificates and PIV cards for the US Access Program, as well as cloud-based PKI, card issuance and authentication services.

In June 2006, Entrust acquired Orion Security Solutions to add additional capabilities to the Cygnacom team, expanding support capabilities for the US Defense and Intelligence communities.

In 2014, Entrust was acquired by Datacard, Inc. The parent company now operates as Entrust Datacard and Cygnacom continues to support its team, US Federal customers, and commercial customers with state-of-the-art information and cryptographic solutions in the challenging world of the 21st century.

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LEARN FROM OUR INDUSTRY TRAILBLAZERS

HOW YOU CAN PROTECT WHAT MATTERS MOST

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PETER BELLO

President

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PETER BELLO

President

Mr. Bello’s 21+ years in the industry are highlighted by deep expertise in the government sector. Before stepping into his current role as President, he served as SVP and GM of U.S. Federal Government at Cygnacom—and held a variety of SVP and GM roles focused on supporting U.S. Federal agencies at Entrust, Inc. and Entrust Limited.
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ISADORE J. SCHOEN

VP Service, Compliance, & Architecture
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NITHYA RACHAMADUGU

Senior Director, Common Criteria & FIPS 140-2 Labs
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BILL MCKENNA

Senior Director, Business Development
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ISADORE J. SCHOEN

VP Service, Compliance, & Architecture

Mr. Schoen co-founded Cygnacom Solutions in 1994, and has served as VP since 2006. As Chief Architect for Entrust Managed Services, he oversees 100+ certification authorities and provides technical support to the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies. Mr. Schoen currently specializes in derived credential programs. He also holds four U.S. patents for PKI.

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NITHYA RACHAMADUGU

Senior Director, Common Criteria & FIPS 140-2 Labs

An experienced system developer as well as an evaluator in Cygnacom laboratories, Ms. Rachamadugu has performed CC and FIPS testing at various security levels. She conducts customer training classes and pre-assessment workshops globally. Ms. Rachamadugu chairs the International Cryptographic Module Conference (ICMC) and regularly presents at global conferences. She presented CC and FIPS relevant topics at ICCC5 (Berlin), ICCC6 (Japan), ICCC7 (Spain), ICCC8 (Rome), ICCC9 (South Korea), ICCC12 (Malaysia), ICCC14 (India) and ENISA (Greece). She has a M.Sc. in Mathematics followed by a post graduate diploma in Computer Science both from IIT Delhi, India.

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BILL MCKENNA

Senior Director, Business Development

Mr. McKenna has been in IT Business Development since 2011 with firms like Oracle, Deltek and Opus Group LLC. He has worked on multiple projects for Federal Government agencies including DHS, GSA, Dept. of Justice, FBI, Social Security and Dept. of State. He is an elected Councilperson in Herndon, VA and Dranesville District Representative of the Citizens Corps Council in Fairfax County.

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SVEN RAJALA

Chief Architect

Mr. Rajala’s 11+ years in cybersecurity and cryptography include leading, designing, and implementing PKI and multi-factor, authentication-based protection solutions for government clients. His expertise is technology trailblazing and designing solutions that leverage the latest innovations. His experience ranges both on-premises and cloud environments and he firmly believes in automation as the key to success.

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NEAL FUERST

Senior Director, Technologies and Solutions

Mr. Fuerst’s 20+ years in IT security and cryptography include implementing the first cryptography-based asset-protection solution at Compaq Computer Corporation. His expertise working with federal, state and local agencies includes developing national cybersecurity policies and guidelines governing the use of PKI in classified environments.

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ELLA SCHWARTZ

Senior Manager, Federal Field Services

Ms. Schwartz has 19+ years of experience managing Professional Services Information Security initiatives for the commercial and federal sectors. Ms. Schwartz holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Engineering from Columbia University and is a certified PMP. Ms. Schwartz is currently senior manager, providing IT security consulting services to government agencies.
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NEAL FUERST

Senior Director, Technologies and Solutions
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SVEN RAJALA

Chief Architect
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ELLA SCHWARTZ

Senior Manager, Federal Field Services

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Cygnacom relies on the experience and leadership of its Board of Directors to provide the organization with support and guidance as it carries out its vision to help clients leverage security to accelerate growth.

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DR. JOHN HILLEN

Chairman
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BOB FLORES

Board Member
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BOB BIGMAN

Board Member

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DR. JOHN HILLEN

Chairman

The Honorable Dr. John Hillen is a highly accomplished CEO in the government contracting space and a former high-ranking U.S. government official. A decorated combat veteran and noted national security scholar, he has led four defense and intelligence technology firms in Northern Virginia, most recently as President and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions—awarded the 2012 GovCon Contractor of the Year award in the large company category. He was confirmed by the Senate as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in 2005 and served in that role until 2007. A recognized industry leader in the technology contacting space, Hillen served in 2012 and 2013 as the chairman of the Professional Services Council and currently sits on the boards of several defense, intelligence, and energy firms. Hillen received the Fed100 award twice - in 2011 and 2017 - has been the subject of cover stories in Smart CEO Magazine, Government Computer News, and Washington Technology. Hillen is a Forbes contributor and writes a column on leadership and strategy issues in Washington Technology magazine. From 2013 – 2018 he was a professor in the MBA program at George Mason University and was voted the Outstanding Professor in the MBA program by the students in the 2018. Dr. Hillen graduated from Duke University, holds a Master’s Degree from King’s College London, a doctorate from Oxford, and received his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell. His 2018 book, What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself As A Leader Before Your Business Outruns You, was recognized as one of the top business books of 2018 by Soundview Executive Books.

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BOB FLORES

Board Member

Bob Flores is an Advisor to several early stage technology companies. He is also the Founder and CTO of Applicology Incorporated, which specializes in cybersecurity risk assessments and cloud migration strategy. Flores is also co-chair of the Cloud Security Alliance Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) Working Group. Prior to starting Applicology, Bob spent 31 years at the Central Intelligence Agency where he held various positions in the Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Support and the Directorate of Operations. Toward the end of his career at the CIA, he spent three years as the CIA’s first enterprise Chief Technology Officer. Flores was also the CIA’s representative on several government-wide information sharing committees and councils. In addition to his senior level leadership and management positions, his career included assignments in applications programming, training and education, contract and project management, and both line and staff management roles at various levels of the CIA. Flores holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Statistics from Virginia Tech.

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BOB BIGMAN

Board Member

Robert Bigman is a recognized cyber and data security consultant with over thirty-five years of experience. Mr. Bigman consults with global corporations and governments on all aspects of cyber program and technology security. He assists his clients in building effective cyber security programs and in making efficient resource and technology investments. He also specializes in techniques to resist hacking from sophisticated (Nation-State) supported organizations. Mr. Bigman spent thirty years in the U.S. Government intelligence community in multiple cyber security roles including fifteen years as a CISO. He also speaks and blogs on cyber security issues and appears on social media and television venues.