Phishing Emails

In a growing hostile world, it is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard your company’s, your customers’ and your own data and resources. The most common vector for data breaches and data exfiltration is through phishing and phishing emails.

Phishing emails are more prevalent now than they have ever been, and are becoming more sophisticated and much harder to identify.

For those who may not know what a “phish” or “phishing email” is:

It is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person and distributes malicious attachments or links and/or attempts extraction of credentials or personal information through various means.

Below are two valuable resources that can teach you more about “phishing.” Please copy the link and paste it into your browser.

The first is a phishing email quiz made by Google – it’s very informative and will show you some techniques on how to spot a potential phish.

https://phishingquiz.withgoogle.com/

The second is a short video made by Cisco that shows some ways attackers can use your publicly accessible info to target you with a phish – and show the potentially detrimental consequences of falling for it.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gR562GW7TI

Some Friendly Reminders:

-Do NOT click on any links from senders you do not trust. Even if it looks legitimate, take a second look before you click. (Verify sender’s address, check the link’s URL)

-You can always ask the sender to verify the email is legitimate (attackers can spoof email addresses)

-Report potential phishing attempts to CyberTeam@rpigroupinc.com

Stay diligence and stay safe!

 Matt S.  |  Cybersecurity Analyst, RPI

RPI Wins 5-Year ID/IQ Navy Contract

RPI, as a member of the Northrup Grumman (NG) Team, joins six other large business companies who were awarded a combined indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) supply contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic for Cyber Mission Engineering. The work includes procuring technical, engineering, and systems acquisition requirements for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Combat Systems (C5), Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR); Information Operations (IO); Domain Focused Intelligence (SIGINT, IMINT, Identity Intelligence; Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC); Cyberspace Operations (Offensive, Defensive, Exploitation); Electronic Warfare (EW); Enterprise Information Services (EIS); and Space Related services. This contract includes a five-year ordering period, one 24-month option period, and one six-month option-to-extend-services if required. Work will be performed worldwide and is expected to be completed by November 2024.  If the option is exercised, work would continue through May 2027.

RPI Wins 5-Year SeaPort Next Generation (SeaPort-NxG) ID/IQ Navy Contract

RPI was awarded a SeaPort-NxG Prime contract to provide professional services to the Navy, Marine Corps, and other Agencies. This is a follow-on contract to our current SeaPort-e contract that is set to expire in 2019.  Leading to this award was the merit of our past performances supporting the Navy and Marine Corps. RPI has 34 team members/subcontractors on our team and we are also teamed with 23 other companies who won a Prime contract.  SeaPort NxG will focus on engineering and program management support services and includes a five-year ordering period and one five-year option period.

RPI Wins 5-Year ID/IQ Navy Contract

RPI, as a member of the three separate small business teams (Grove Resource Solutions, Inc. (GRSi); Millennium; and Sim Ventions (SimV)) was awarded a combined ID/IQ contract from SPAWAR Atlantic for Cyber Mission Engineering. The work includes procuring technical, engineering, and systems acquisition requirements for C5, ISR; IO; Domain Focused Intelligence (SIGINT, IMINT, Identity Intelligence; METOC; Cyberspace Operations (Offensive, Defensive, Exploitation); EW; EIS; and Space Related services. This contract includes a five-year ordering period, one 24-month option period, and one six-month option-to-extend-services if required. Work will be performed worldwide and is expected to be completed by November 2024.  If the option is exercised, work would continue through May 2027.

RPI Group, Inc. Part of Team Selected by MARCORSYSCOM to Modernize MAGTF Logistics Support Systems

September 2018 – RPI Group is part of a team led by Tactical Edge, Inc. that was recently awarded a prime contract award with Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM). The contract award, worth up to $49 million split over 5 years, was awarded to modernize three of the systems within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Logistics Support Systems (MLS2) software suite. This effort will focus on consolidating the three systems that make up the MLS2 software suite, into a single baseline utilizing a single Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) approach to reduce the total lifecycle sustainment costs while improving data quality and end-user capabilities.

The effort kicked off on September 5, 2018, with development, Information Assurance (IA), management, and support work being performed at multiple sites around the world. The three systems that make up the MLS2 software suite include Common Logistics Command and Control System (CLC2S), Transportation Capacity Planning Tool (TCPT), and the Storage Retrieval Automated Tracking Integrated System (STRATIS). STRATIS is also supported via a Secure Wireless (Air Fortress) infrastructure, enabling flexible warehouse management capabilities. Together, these systems provide a variety of Logistics-focused functions to the warfighter, including request management, supply and asset management, transportation planning, warehouse management, and secure wireless networking.

Leading the effort for RPI Group will be Retired Marine Master Sergeant William Rybczynski. With over 30 years of experience supporting and leading Cybersecurity efforts in the Marine Corps, Mr. Rybczynski has a wealth of knowledge to share. According to Mr. Rybczynski: “RPI Group is excited to be a part of this robust team supporting the warfighting mission. Ensuring the continued operation of this software suite allows the Marine Corps to have a robust system that provides information critical to both leadership and the individual Marine. We are proud to be a part of an incredible team focused on maintaining and maximizing the effectiveness of the MLS2 suite.”

RPI Group, Inc. Wins 5-Year ID/IQ Navy Contract for Technical Services

RPI Group, Inc. (RPI), as a member of the UEC Prime Team, joins four other companies who were awarded a combined $949,900,000 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) supply contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic. The contract is for Cyber Mission Systems, Kitting and Supplies. The work includes procuring systems that provide wireless communications, detection, collection and exploitation of electrical and electronic equipment to support the warfighter. 

Related services such as sustainment, maintenance and disposal may be procured under the scope of this contract. The contract is a five-year award with a 24-month option period. Work will be performed worldwide and is expected to be completed by August 2023.  If the option is exercised, work would continue through August 2025. 

Wayne Biemolt, Director of Business Development of RPI, stated, “RPI is honored to be included on the UEC team and selected for what is our first award in the Charleston marketplace. We stand ready to begin this new relationship with UEC and look forward to supporting SPAWAR by delivering secure wireless and cyber warfare capabilities to the warfighter.”

MCB Camp Lejeune – ICS Accreditation

Background

Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune currently has multiple Industrial Control Systems (ICSs) that require accreditation including: Building Control Systems like EMCS, high voltage electrical SCADA systems, and water/wastewater SCADA systems. For the last few decades, these systems were primarily standalone systems using proprietary control protocols that were not accredited and could not securely connect to traditional/shared information technology (IT) networks. Today, these ICSs are required to be connected to IT networks; however, caution must be exercised since these systems typically use insecure Internet Protocol (IP) devices that greatly increase the likelihood of cyberattacks.

To date, the Marine Corps has accredited ICSs with little success. Past challenges have included:

·       Finding and retaining IT and OT ICS experts capable of accrediting ICSs.

·       Procuring devices that are Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) validated – not just FIPS 140-2 compliant.

·       Finding a balance between IT/OT confidentiality, integrity, and availability priorities. IT prioritizes confidentiality and integrity over availability. OT prioritizes availability and integrity over confidentiality. Designing a system that addresses all three is challenging.

 

In October of 2017, MCB Camp Lejeune hired RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) to support their ICS Accreditation efforts after using the same standalone system for the last few decades. The mission is to connect the ICS with the IT network while maintaining secure control to minimize the likelihood of cyberattacks.

Project Description

RPI Group, in support of Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, has designed a “Type” accreditation package for the ICSs that will operate securely on any network, ensure the system securely and cryptographically isolates the subsystems, and accredit all ICS/operational technology systems.  This proposed system architecture is based on two design requirements: it must provide a single management tool providing redundancy to each physical server and it must use an encrypted virtual private network to ensure and cryptographically isolate ICS/OT devices and subsystems.

RPI Group has built an ICS/OT network based on shared virtualized environment with specific ICS/OT system firewalls (hubs), and FIPS 140-2 validated IPSec tunnels (spokes) to connect the ICS/OT devices to the IT network. This Hub-and-Spoke network along with the associated firewalls and end-point connection devices will require ongoing vulnerability scanning, patching and maintenance to be performed by RPI personnel.

 

Camp Lejeune has spent the summer of 2018 working with the MCEN A&A team to  complete a “Type” accreditation for these ICS/OT systems that can be used across the MCEN.    The work will include finalizing controls, completing the System Security Plan, the Incident Response Plan, and the Contingency Plan, and lastly, the building/piloting of an off-network test platform.

RPI Group Capabilities

RPI Group Cybersecurity personnel have over 75 years of combined experience supporting the Warfighter and Operational Environments. This includes both DoD and commercial network security and risk assessments/audits, NIST RMF support, secure network architecture and design, and secure wireless solutions.   RPI Group provides SME support in the engineering of innovative and cost-effective solutions for securing ICS/OT systems and in developing policies and procedures to establish organization compliance with governing directives.  RPI Group has many years of experience directly supporting the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (USMC/MCEN) Authorizing Official (AO) and Certification Authority (CA) in RMF package review, policy writing, risk mitigations, and conducting risk assessments.

RPI Group delivers quality services with experienced technical cybersecurity professionals in support of complex enterprise IT programs. Our experts are leaders in the cybersecurity field and are continually called on to engineer unique solutions to complex problems and to conduct IT security assessments and audits with high levels of national and corporate security implications. We bring vast enterprise technology experience to bear on all efforts, continually exceeding all assigned program goals and deliverables. Being experts in all four areas of the A&A process (supporting AO, CA, advising customers, and providing Validation services) gives RPI Group a unique perspective into the A&A process and is a great benefit to our customers.

RPI GROUP, INC. IS ONE OF INC. MAGAZINE’S BEST WORKPLACES 2018

RPI Group, Inc. is one of the highest-scoring businesses with standout employee engagement

Fredericksburg, Virginia (May 23, 2018) – RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2018, the publication’s third annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector.

Hitting newsstands in the June 2018 issue, and as part of a prominent inc.com feature, the award is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies who have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just under 300 winning companies.

Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent.

What does it take to become a company that workers want to be part of? Inc. magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes them all work together.

Robert Pleban, the CEO of RPI, states “It is an absolute honor to be chosen as an Inc Best Workplace two years in a row. This is a direct reflection of our incredible folks in the field and the hard work of our HR/Recruiting staff. We look forward to another outstanding year of taking excellent care of our talented personnel at headquarters and at customer sites!”

The 2018 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees’ responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.

While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop:

  • Strong company cultures breed stunning individual and team performance.
  • Workers at the best companies don’t view their employers as sugar daddies. They aren’t mesmerized by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad—be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges.
  • When employees feel valued by their organization, they are far more likely to be engaged. This single factor proved to be one of the largest drivers of employee engagement.

“By including an employee survey into this year’s Best Workplaces selection process, we’ve really raised the bar. Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that’s not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves.” says James Ledbetter, Inc. editor-in-chief.

About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI is a privately-held company providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber and physical security experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Industrial Control Systems Operational Technology (ICS OT), Training & Certification Testing, Research & Development, and Security Services. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; King George, VA; Charleston, SC; San Diego, CA and Littleton, CO. RPI is a CVE verified service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders.  Winner of Advertising Age’s “The A-List” in January 2015, and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 20,000,000 today.  For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/.

About Quantum Workplace

Quantum Workplace is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit www.quantumworkplace.com.

RPI GROUP INC. NAMED AS 10th Annual SECAF FINALIST

RPI GROUP INC. NAMED AS 10th Annual SECAF FINALIST FOR PRESTIGIOUS SECAF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR (UNDER $7.5 MILLION IN REVENUE)

RPI Group Inc. Honored for Excellence in the Government Contracting Industry

April 3, 2018, McLean, VA – RPI Group Inc. (RPI) announced that it was selected as a finalist for the 10th Annual Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Awards.  Winners will be announced at the SECAF Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 10, 2018 at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner.  The event honors small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on small business.

2018 finalists are named in the following categories:

  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year (Under $7.5 Million in Revenue)
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year ($7.5 to $15 Million in Revenue)
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year ($15 to $27.5 Million in Revenue)
  • SECAF Award of Excellence
  • SECAF Government Project of the Year
  • SECAF Small Business Mentor/Partner of the Year

RPI Group Inc. is a finalist for SECAF Government Contractor of the Year (Under $7.5 Million in Revenue). “We are pleased to be selected as a SECAF award finalist!” states Robert Pleban, President and CEO of RPI. “This is a highly prestigious award in the Washington DC marketplace for government contractors. RPI is honored to be chosen in this extremely competitive category.”

"For the last decade, the SECAF Awards Gala has spotlighted the tremendous small businesses that are doing outstanding and innovative work in the government contracting community,” said Cameron Hamilton, Senior Managing Director at The McLean Group and one of the 2018 event chairs.  “We are thrilled to recognize RPI Group Inc., as it is a shining example of the tenacity, vision, and commitment that enable the community of small business government contractors to deliver excellence year in and year out.”

About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI is a privately-held, CVE verified service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company, providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DOD and the Commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Industrial Control Systems Operational Technology (ICS OT), Training & Certification Testing, Research & Development, and Security Services. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; King George, VA; Charleston, SC; San Diego, CA and Littleton, CO.

About The 10th Annual SECAF Awards Gala

The 10th Annual SECAF Awards Gala is the premier commemorative event honoring the small and emerging government contractors and the players in the ecosystem that rely on small business. The event, expected to sell out at more than 500 attendees, will be held Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner. Tickets and tables can be purchased at: www.secaf.org.

About The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum

The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) enables the small and emerging government contractor to achieve maximum growth rates in a highly competitive marketplace. Providing members with business resources, access to influencers and government agencies, and advocacy opportunities and education, SECAF is an important resource for a growing company.  SECAF also serves the medium to large government contractors, providing invaluable introductions to specialized small businesses that enable the overall contracting community to work successfully in tandem. For more information, visit www.secaf.org.

 

RPI Group, Inc. Becomes Official Brivo Partner

 Old Ways Don’t Secure New Doors

Fredericksburg, VA – March 2018 – RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) has recently become a Brivo authorized Dealer. Brivo, founded in 1999, is a cloud-based access control provider that has been backed by information security audits since 2009. Brivo earned its STAR certification with the Cloud Security Alliance Security Trust and Assurance Registry and complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Their mission is to provide commercial physical security solutions that are simpler and better than any other technology on the market. To Brivo, that means making the best access control systems in the world at the lowest possible cost for their customers.

Brivo products reach over eight million people at hundreds of thousands of locations. Brivo only sells products and services exclusively through authorized channel partners, such as RPI. Brivo solutions are provided to businesses who want to secure their facilities and manage their physical security with the convenience of cloud technologies and the power of mobile-first solutions.

RPI joined the Brivo team with three certified technicians to offer our clients better security, flexibility, unlimited scalability, and integration with key systems. RPI chose Brivo because they wanted to accompany the millions of users around the globe that trust Brivo to protect their facilities and their people and we believe in continuing to build long term relationships with our current and new customers by providing outstanding technical support.


Founded in 2001, RPI is a privately-held, CVE verified service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company, providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DOD and the Commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Industrial Control Systems Operational Technology (ICS OT), Training & Certification Testing, Research & Development, and Security Services. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; King George, VA; Charleston, SC; San Diego, CA and Littleton, CO.

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded Six-Year Contract with VRE

Fredericksburg, VA – RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) was awarded a six-year IDIQ contract worth $1 million with Virginia Railway Express (VRE) to install new security cameras and access control equipment and to ensure integration of the installed equipment with the existing systems architecture. VRE is initiating a modernization of its security camera and access control systems as recommended by a recent Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA), also performed by RPI.

RPI was awarded their first contact with VRE in July of 2016 to perform a risk and security assessment of the VRE bandwidth and network infrastructure, develop a plan to optimize and enhance their critical infrastructure, and provide security training for their end users. This was the first risk and security assessment of this scope and magnitude that was undertaken by VRE. The security camera and access control systems is one of two follow-up task orders.

VRE is a commuter train service that links the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) are transportation districts established under Virginia law and jointly own this service. An Operations Board consisting of members from each of the jurisdictions within the VRE service area governs the development and operation of VRE and serves as an advisory board to the VTC and PRTC governing boards.

VRE began its operations in 1992 and carries an average of approximately 19,000 weekday trips on two lines. The primary mission of VRE is to provide commuter-oriented passenger rail service between outlying suburbs and the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria urban core. Some tourists and “day-trippers” also ride the trains. The service is heavily oriented towards that core area in the morning peak and in the opposite direction in the evening peak.

RPI Group, Inc. Provides Assessment Services to PRTC

Fredericksburg, VA - November 15, 2017 - RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) Cybersecurity is currently providing Risk and Security Assessment Services to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission’s (PRTC) Bandwidth and Network Infrastructure.

The PRTC is a multi-jurisdictional agency representing Prince William, Stafford, and Spotsylvania Counties and the Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg.

PRTC provides commuter bus service along the busy Virginia I-95 and I-66 corridors to points north (OmniRide & Metro Direct), and local bus services in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park (OmniLink & Cross County Connector). PRTC also offers OmniMatch, a free ridesharing service. Operated by PRTC in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) provides commuter rail service along the Manassas and Fredericksburg lines, connecting to transit providers at stations in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

RPI is utilizing a 3-phase assessment approach. Phase One will capture a comprehensive understanding of PRTC’s network topology, data processes and infrastructure. The result of this first phase of data collection will support Phase Two capital budgeting recommendations that provide an optimal investment strategy to offset vulnerability gaps, implement remediation priorities and sustain improvements to the organization’s infrastructure and overall cybersecurity posture. Phase Three will deliver a training and education program that provides PRTC personnel with information about current best practices in cybersecurity, social engineering threats and countermeasures and raising awareness of risky network and online behaviors resulting in an educated and informed staff.

 

RPI Wins Wireless Assessment

Fredericksburg, Virginia – October 25, 2017 - RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) has partnered with Cyberkong (CKI) to complete a wireless security assessment for one of CKI’s commercial clients. RPI will deliver two Enterprise Wireless Security Assessments and subsequent reporting to ensure this organization is utilizing wireless networking technology securely. With the recent discovery of a flaw in the Wi-fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) security standard, it is critical for organizations to validate the integrity of their wireless networks. Additionally, it is critical that any systems that have been patched for this vulnerability are tested to confirm that the patch has been implemented correctly.

CKI provides resilient solutions and cybersecurity for critical assets and infrastructures to government agencies, armed forces, and commercial industries. Their federal and commercial experience, highly skilled workforce, strong management plans, and dynamic security landscape complement the services of RPI enabling the partners to provide their clients with the highest service and engagement possible.

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded Energy Management Control System Support Services Contract

Camp Lejeune, NC - RPI Group Inc. (RPI) has been awarded a prime contract to provide Energy Management Control System (EMCS) Support Services to the Public Works Division (PWD) at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. RPI will be providing technical assistance with the Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD IT and the Marine Corps Certification and Accreditation Support Tool (MCCAST V2) for achieving and maintaining Authorization to Operate (ATO) for EMCS.

RPI is strategically teamed with Johnson Controls (JCI) to provide knowledge, training and support to assist the PWD program in the understanding, operation, maintenance, management and utilization of the EMCS. This was a two-year capture effort has led to a new capability for RPI that should be marketable to other DoD and commercial organizations. 

Johnson Controls is a “global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries.” They are joining RPI to provide “innovative solutions to drive the future of urban efficiency” and cybersecurity.

Inc. Magazine Unveils 36th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

For the 2nd Time, RPI Group, Inc. Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Ranking No. 2834 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 120%

NEW YORK, August 16, 2017Inc. magazine today ranked RPI Group, Inc. NO. 2834 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

Robert Pleban, CEO and President of RPI Group, states “RPI Group is honored to be included in the Inc. 5000 for the second year in a row. The hard work of our employees and continued growth with our valued partners and clients is phenomenal.”

The 2017 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year average growth of 481%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years. 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 at www.inc.com/inc5000.

"The Inc. 5000 is the most persuasive evidence I know that the American Dream is still alive,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The founders and CEOs of the Inc. 5000 tell us they think determination, risk taking, and vision were the keys to their success, and I believe them.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list was held from October 10 through 12, 2017 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA. Speakers included some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as former Ford president Alan Mullaly, FUBU CEO and founder and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John, Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin, researcher and #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown, and Gravity Payments’ founder and CEO Dan Price.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company, providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DOD and the Commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Training & Certification Testing, Research & Development, andAcquisition and Program Management Support.   RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; King George, VA; Charleston, SC; San Diego, CA and Littleton, CO.

 

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology

The 2017 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2016. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc.xMedia:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 18,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offered informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded United States Air Force’s Imagery Compilation and Exploitation (ICE) Prime Contract

RPI Group, Inc. is extremely proud to announce its newly awarded Prime contract award providing Air Force Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Services for the United States Air Force’s Imagery Compilation and Exploitation (ICE) contract.

This single award, multi-year contract has an initial contract ceiling value of approximately $22 million, inclusive of a base year and 4 one-year options. RPI’s responsible placement of Enterprise Engineers and Systems Analysts across the United States is illustrative of its robust technical and business capabilities to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the Warfighter.

“Our ICE award is a testament to the many successful years of front-line leadership, reliability and resolve of our high performing contract teams. This complex and unique work for the ICE contract demonstrates the exceptional and multifaceted capabilities RPI has sharpened through years of development and experience,” said Mr. Robert Pleban, RPI’s President & CEO. “Our greatest asset lies in the dedicated talents of our technical teams. The 24/7/365 ICE commitment to USAF operational continuity is best illustrated by the program’s superb results over the past few years. Our employee’s cooperation and synergy with our government and commercial partners is a perfect example of the one team, one fight objective.  RPI’s commitment to put our client and employee welfare at the forefront of our business goals facilitates the successful synergy to create consistent, dynamic and effective solutions.”

RPI GROUP INC. IS ONE OF INC. MAGAZINE’S BEST WORKPLACES 2017

RPI Group Inc. is one of the highest-scoring businesses with standout employee engagement; Inc. Best Workplaces featured in June 2017 issue of Inc. magazine

Fredericksburg, Virginia (June 1, 2017) – RPI Group Inc. (RPI) has been named one of Inc. magazine’s Best Workplaces for 2017, the publication’s second annual ranking in the fast-growing private company sector.

Hitting newsstands in the June 2017 issue, and as part of a prominent inc.com feature, the list is the result of a wide-ranging and comprehensive measurement of private American companies who have created exceptional workplaces through vibrant cultures, deep employee engagement, and stellar benefits. Out of thousands of applicants, Inc. singled out just over 200 winning companies.

Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Nebraska, Inc.’s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent.
What does it take to become a company that workers want to be part of? Inc. magazine says it’s more than good pay and good perks – it’s also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes the two work together.

Robert Pleban, CEO, states “This award has a special place for us at RPI.  It means that even though our website says this is a great place to work – our people think so too.  ‘Treating people like family’ is more than words, it’s what we do – every day.”

The 2017 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees’ responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.

While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop:

  • Strong company cultures breed stunning individual and team performance.
  • Workers at the best companies don’t view their employers as sugar daddies. They aren’t mesmerized by whatever giveaways seem to be the latest fad—be it gourmet lunches or beer fridges.
  • When employees feel valued by their organization, they are far more likely to be engaged. This single factor proved to be one of the largest drivers of employee engagement.
  • Believing that employees are a company’s #1 asset and making it the mission of the Executive Staff to ensure they have all the tools, resources, and training required to meet and or exceed client expectations and to allow them to excel and grow both personally and professionally.
  • Continuous attention to organizational lines of communication, the consistent application and commitment to requirements analysis and management, and technical expertise supports a corporate culture that produces reliable, repeatable, and predictable results.

 “By introducing an employee survey into this year’s Best Workplaces selection process, we’ve really raised the bar. Companies that don’t score at the very top of their peer group don’t make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that’s not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves.” says Eric Schurenberg, Inc.’s President and Editor In Chief.

About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company, providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DoD and the commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network Architecture & Engineering, Training & Certification Testing, Hydro-Acoustic Research & Development, and  Systems Engineering.   RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; Dahlgren, VA; Charleston, SC; Huntsville, AL; San Diego, CA and Denver, CO.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders.  Winner of Advertising Age’s “The A-List” in January 2015, and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 40,000,000 today.  For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/.

About Quantum Workplace

Quantum Workplace is an HR technology company that serves organizations through employee engagement surveys, action-planning tools, exit surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, performance evaluations, goal tracking, and leadership assessment. For more information, visit www.quantumworkplace.com.

RPI Group, Inc. Attends Secure Rail Conference

April 2017 – Orlando, Florida – RPI Group attended and was a Platinum sponsor for Progressive Railroading's Third Annual Secure Rail Conference held in Orlando, FL. The conference featured 20 presentations on topics that addressed how railroads can improve the security of their assets, passengers and employees.

The event's first session was a panel discussion on how railroads can manage cybersecurity risk. Our Director of Cybersecurity, Jeff Watts, presented the next brief on Applying DOD Risk Management & Assessment Experience to the Transportation Sector. RPI was able to address North American rail security concerns with the audience from an organizational perspective with a focus on cyber security. Overall, the conference attendees believed that physical vulnerabilities to rail systems remain, but the greatest security risk to the industry right now may be found online rather than onboard.

Attendance at the conference was critical to marketing RPI’s Positive Train Control (PTC) capabilities and their recent contract wins with the Virginia Railway Express (VRE).  PTC refers to communication-based/processor-based train control technology designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, over speed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and the movement of a train through a main line switch in the improper position.

The conference also featured the Product Showcase Room, where RPI set up their corporate display including the wireless mapping technology used to support VRE and other clients.


Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; Dahlgren, VA; Charleston, SC; Huntsville, AL; San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients. RPI offers cybersecurity services, secure wireless solutions, network engineering and architecture, training and certification testing, aviation systems engineering, and hydro-acoustic research and development.

 Contact
Johnna Hetrick, Marketing Director
10718 Ballantraye Dr. Suite 410
Fredericksburg, VA   22407
jhetrick@rpigroupinc.com
Ph: 540.898.8700

 

RPI Group, Inc. Win TRADOC Contract

May 2017 – Denver, Colorado - The RPI Group and Team RPI Training Members, to include StormWind Studios, will work with the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to provide specialized, scenario-based virtual training to 96 TRADOC Information Assurance (IA) and Information Technology (IT) military and civilian employees.

TRADOC “recruits and trains Soldiers, develops leaders and shapes the Army by building and integrating formations and capabilities.” Their goal is to consistently improve the Army through designing, acquiring and building its future.

The courses that RPI Group will provide include Microsoft 70-697: Install, Configure, and Support Windows 10, CompTIA Security+ (SYO-401), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation and other Cybersecurity courses that support the US Army IA Best Business Practices. 

StormWind Studios® delivers game changing Epic LIVE®, Instructor-Led training that combines state of the art "Hollywood-style" computer generated imagery (CGI) with award-winning instructors, and the most current content available, to create a stunning form of virtual-sensory learning that visually captivates students and increases retention.

Personnel who have completed the virtual training sessions will be tracked, where applicable, using PEARSON VUE’s Asset Management System (AMS) for online practice tests to demonstrate mastery in the subject matter in order to prepare themselves for professional certification. Pearson VUE’s AMS solution will be used to manage TRADOC’s learning resources to ensure students are ready for their certification exam by connecting the student’s exam practice test to the distribution of their exam voucher. This methodology ensures that only students demonstrating competent knowledge and familiarity of the exam objectives (by successfully meeting the practice test thresholds) are provided an exam certification voucher. 


 Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DoD and the commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cyber Security & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network Architecture & Engineering, Training & Certification Testing, Hydro-Acoustic Research & Development, and Acquisition & Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA).   RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; Dahlgren, VA; Charleston, SC; Huntsville, AL; San Diego, CA and Denver, CO.

Contact
Johnna Hetrick, Marketing Director
10718 Ballantraye Dr. Suite 410
Fredericksburg, VA   22407
jhetrick@rpigroupinc.com
Ph: 540.898.8700