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September 29, 2008
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With a couple of tools from Radio Shack, says Cryptek CEO Bill Anderson, you can get information from the electronic "emanations" coming off just about any electronic device, like computers, printers, or ATM machines. Hmm, one more thing to worry about.


"A person in their car in our parking lot could see everything on my computer because of these emanations," Bill told us the other day in his Sterling office. But Cryptek to the rescue: His 200-person company has quickly turned into a dominant player in shielding IT systems from such attacks.


Bill came to the 22-year-old company in 2005 after stops at BAE Systems, DigitalNet, I-NET, GD and SAIC. He quickly jumped into the M&A market, acquiring Secure Systems Group, EMCON Emanation Control, Secure Systems & Technology and ION Networks all by the end of 2007. "We went from not being in the emanation security market to being the world leader," Bill says, noting that now Cryptek is developing a number of new technologies to advance rapidly in the Secure Remote Administration and "Community of Trust" markets. Bill says industry analysts project the market could grow to more than $10 billion in five years.


Top local Indian-American tech leaders and friends gathered Saturday night for standup comedy, fusion dance (Spanish Flamenco and Indian classical Kathak), special guests (Bollywood star Rahul Bose, Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra, and DC CFO Nat Ghandi), and a great cause: the first annual Pratham (meaning “first words” in Sanskrit) Foundation DC gala, helping to fight childhood illiteracy in India. Above, co-organizer PV Boccasam, Pratham USA President M. Ramesh and wife Chitra in the Reagan Building atrium. PV should have been out on the town anyway celebrating the fact his software company, Reston-based Approva which he founded in 2001, last week was named #2 on Deloitte’s Fast 50 list in Virginia (and number one among product companies).


That guy in the middle is former Apprentice contestant Aaron Altscher, a small business and branding expert, who recently spoke at the Tech Council of Maryland's Small Business and Entrepreneur Committee. He's standing with Miles & Stockbridge's Michelle Cohen and Global Language Translation's David Mitchell at TCM headquarters in Rockville. Aaron gave the crowd some of his networking tips, most notably: Use a two-handed handshake to combat the over aggressive handshake and use two pockets (or purse compartments) for business cards to separate those going out from those coming in. See more on Alan by going to TCM's You Tube Channel at


Everyone knows about the terrific TCM and NVTC, but the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council is growing in membership in the corridor between D.C. and Baltimore. We met executive director Kris Valerio last week at Twin Tech II and she tells us the organization, which started 16 years ago as the Anne Arundel Tech Council and re-branded earlier this year, now has more than 200 members. "A lot of our members work in D.C. or Baltimore, but live in this area, so they are used to a kind of lifestyle that we cater to," says Kris, who joined the organization full-time last year after working for the Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce.


We get to cover a lot of great events, but it's hard to find one more special than last week's retirement ceremony in Sunnyvale, Calif. for Northrop Grumman's Bob Stegon, who happens to be the dad of our own tech reporter David Stegon. Bob's in the center with his wife of 39 years Nancy, while David stands on the left with girlfriend Tracy Bell. Bob's daughter Carolyn is on the right with boyfriend Scott Lawson. An East Pittsburgh-native, Bob started his 37-year career with Westinghouse (later acquired by Northrop), spending the last 24 years in the marine division selling propulsion equipment (and other fun stuff) to the Navy. Bob plans to spend his retirement watching his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates, sailing his 27-foot sailboat "Fantasy," and learning to play the piano just like Billy Joel.

By the time you read this, Dave Stegon will be on a beach somewhere for a couple more days, but don't fret, we're covered, and he's got broadband. So keep sending your story ideas to

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