Ridgefield security innovator moves to Danbury
A Ridgefield digital security innovator is relocating its headquarters to Danbury, after its biggest year yet providing services to the military and federal agencies, among other customers.
Owl Cyber Defense Solutions will be located at 42 Old Ridgebury Road on the west side of Danbury, with the company having occupied a comparatively small office in Ridgefield at 38A Grove Street.
It is one of two significant digital industry innovators at the modest complex in Ridgefield along with r4 Technologies, developing artificial intelligence for the retail sector and other industries. Separately on Thursday, r4 announced a joint research effort with Cornell University.
Owl Cyber Defense’s new space can accommodate 120 people, according to Maria Douich, an Owl Cyber Defense marketing communications manager, with the company having 80 employees today.
Known until last year as Owl Computing Technologies, under CEO Mike Timan, Owl Cyber Defense sells data diodes that ensure data can flow only one way in a network, eliminating points of entry that could allow intruders to infiltrate a network and stopping hackers or insiders from transferring information. The Owl moniker is derived from an acronym for the phrase “one-way link.”
Marking its 20th anniversary this year, Owl Cyber Defense has more than 2,000 installations of its technology in the field today, including with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps; federal intelligence agencies; and commercial customers, like banks and power plants. Boston-based General Electric is among the corporations using Owl Cyber Defense’s systems to monitor the performance of electric turbines it sells through its GE Power division based in Atlanta.
Hackers continue to sting corporations with debilitating intrusions. Marriott International disclosed last week that personal information was exposed for many as 500 million members of its Starwood Preferred Guest program, with Starwood having been based in Stamford prior to its sale two years ago to Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott.
“We provide the next best thing to an air gap,” Timan told Cyber Defense TV in a July interview, referencing the term for the absence of a connection between a computer and the Internet. “Unlike a firewall where you are relying primarily on software to protect your networks, our solution provides hardware enforcement of the one-way data flow. You cannot alter the hardware and it can’t be circumvented by software attack.”
Owl founder Ronald Mraz left the company last year after its sale to DC Capital Partners, and has since been a lecturer on computer science and electrical engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London and the State University of New York at Albany.
Additional reporting by Paul Schott.