Sword & Shield Ranks No. 9 in Fast 50

October 13, 2008

KNOXVILLE, TN — Sword & Shield Enterprise Security has made the Washington Technology’s Fast 50 fastest-growing small businesses in the government market for the second year in a row and is the only Tennessee company on the list.

Sword & Shield, an information security-consulting firm based in Knoxville, TN, ranked No. 9 on this year’s list, with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 138.32 percent. The company debuted at No. 6 in 2007 with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 131.52 percent.

The annual Fast 50 list recognizes the fastest growing small businesses in the government market, and this year’s winners boast five-year compound annual growth rates that start at 64.14 percent for the No. 50 company.

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of the top fast growth companies in the U.S.,” said John McNeely, president and CEO of Sword & Shield. “Key to successful growth is our people and their commitment of delivering quality security solutions to our government customers. Being in the security business, our customers demand a great deal of trust and integrity. I think that our growth rate demonstrates that we have been able to deliver just that.”

The Fast 50 companies are ranked on how fast their government revenues grew from 2002 through 2006. This includes federal, state and local revenues. To qualify, companies need to have a minimum of $100,000 in government revenue in 2002. They also had to meet the federal government criteria for a small business.

Sword & Shield Enterprise Security is based in Knoxville, with an office in Washington D.C., and clients in multiple industries, including state and local government, retail corporations, education, healthcare, manufacturing companies, banking and energy and utility companies.

Major government-based customers include the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the White House, the U.S. Defense Department and the U.S.D.A. The company has a large contract with the FBI for security assessments and a $31 million NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) contract for IT products

Sword & Shield provides services in penetration testing, network vulnerability assessment, PCI audits, HIPAA and GLB audits, security policy, security forensics, and product installation for customers worldwide. For more information please visit www.sses.net or call (865) 244-3500.

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