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The North Providence Breeze 02-13-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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16 BUSINESS FEBRUARY 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION hundreds of companies with access to such data, and each must meet the new DOD standard, which is where his company comes in. Rhode Island is home to numerous companies tied to the industry, he said. Requirements "are written with larger companies in mind." Almost all of the companies NeQter works with have fewer than 50 employees and can't afford the "enterprise-level tools" needed to meet requirements, leaving some 80 percent of the market underserviced and "totally out of play." With its solutions, NeQter, has "brought them in play," he told The Valley Breeze. The company spun out of a defense contractor, he said, and has only been around for about a year. "All companies need to address cybersecurity, from the largest to the smallest. NeQter Labs has built a solution that brings cybersecurity compliance within reach for small to mid-sized companies. We know what you need, because we've been there," states the company's website, www. . New cybersecurity requirements are "convoluted and a nightmare to inter- pret," it adds, which opened the door to NeQter's "turn-key solution." Astle said the company is "very excited" to relocate from Middletown, where it can be tough to recruit talent and space was limited, to Pawtucket, which is near the state's college hub near the capital of Providence. While someone might not want to drive from Providence to Middletown, they'll drive to Pawtucket, he said, which will be especially helpful on the sales side. Downtown Pawtucket as a location "fits our culture" and helps the com- pany attract attention, he said, adding that the city has already proven to be a "very hospitable place." He said he and his staff look forward to patroniz- ing local stores, including the Mad Dog Cafe across the street. NeQter has more than 100 custom- ers, the majority of them connected to the DOD, and about one-fifth of them operating locally, said Astle. U.S. Adversaries, such as China, Russia, and North Korea, can "hack the big guys," he said, or attack smaller companies to put together "little pieces of the puzzle and build a bigger pic- ture." A mechanical engineer by training, Astle has been in the defense industry since 2009, working with various com- panies. NEQTER From Page One VINARA HANG, of Cranston, sets up his desk at NeQter Labs, LLC, a mid-sized defense cybersecurity contractor. ASTLE BREEZE PHOTOS BY BILL MURPHY MIRANDA SIMPSON, right, of Smithfield, sets up her desk at NeQter Labs, LLC. At left is KRISTEN SCHULTZ, of Providence. ANDREW ENOS, of Tiverton, sets up his comput- er monitors at NeQter Labs, LLC. In your time of need, The Valley Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES Keefe Funeral Home and Cremation Services Available 24 hours/7 Days/Emergency Rental Caskets Available Pre-Arrangement Plans & Guidance Complete Funeral Arranging Wheelchair Accessible Availability to accommodate large services with small service attention Five Higginson Avenue Lincoln, RI 02865 401-725-4253

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