Sword & Shield Makes 2009 Inc. 5000 Fast-Growth List

inc. 5000 awardKNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. (Sword & Shield), an information security-consulting firm based in Knoxville, was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing privately-owned companies in the United States by Inc. magazine.

With a 2005 to 2008 fiscal year top-line revenue growth of more than 64.1 percent, Sword & Shield was ranked number 3,647 on the complete list. This is the fourth straight year Sword & Shield has earned a position on the Inc. 5000: Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.

We are pleased to once again to receive this award and be recognized by Inc. magazine. Through this difficult economy the associates of Sword & Shield have maintained a commitment to deliver the best security solutions for the best value to our customers, said Sword & Shield President and CEO John McNeely. “We owe our success to the hard work of our associates and the resulting trust and loyalty from our customers.

Inc.com, the online arm of Inc. magazine recently announced its annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

Despite the ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $214 billion, up $29 billion from last year, with a median three-year growth rate of 126 percent. The Inc. 5000 are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since they were founded, making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on www.inc5000.com.

Sword & Shield, with headquarters in Knoxville and offices in Washington, D.C., serves industries ranging from banking and finance, to retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. The company’s services are relied upon by several key federal agencies and numerous Fortune 1000 companies.
Sword & Shield has received several awards in recent years, including ranking as the ninth company on Washington Technology’s 2008 Fast 50 list, an overall ranking of individual company success within the government market. Additional industry recognition includes three consecutive years as one of the top 100 fast-growth companies in the United States by Computer Reseller News (CRN), with the 2008 ranking coming in at number 57.

Sword & Shield is an information security consulting company providing services in security, compliance, risk assessment, policy development, and consultation including penetration testing, network vulnerability assessment, PCI audits, HIPAA and GLB audits, security policy, security forensics, and product installation. With customers worldwide from an array of industries, Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. is a proven global provider of security solutions. Dozens of security product lines are offered through the SecureHQ.com e-commerce division. Sword & Shield is also a federal prime contractor, with network security services available on GSA Schedule 70 contract (GS-35F-0772R) and network security products available through NASA SEWP IV contract (NNG07DA21B).

For more information about Sword & Shield, please visit www.sses.net or call (865) 244-3500.

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