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Cyber Security Firm Expands Into Charleston

May 17, 2018 02:15PM ● By Kathleen Maris

Nationally ranked cybersecurity firm EDTS Cyber, LLC and its affiliate EDTS, LLC, an 8-time Inc. 5000 Managed Services Provider (MSP), have expanded their operations to the Charleston, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C. Metropolitan areas. These companies are headquartered in Augusta, Ga., with offices also located in Columbia and Greenville, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; and Savannah, Ga. Both companies are under the dynamic leadership of founder and CEO Charles Johnson, and specialize in operational efficiency and cybersecurity for businesses in all industries.

Charles Johnson credits the increasing demand and reliance on business IT systems and the challenge to secure those systems as the reason for their substantial growth, and the expansion to Charleston, S.C. as a strategic decision to meet the unique needs of this growing metropolitan area.

“We are seeing a continued increase in security breaches in every market segment: local governments, private companies of all sizes, enterprise-level corporations, and even nonprofits are victims in this ever-changing threat landscape. Many small and mid-sized companies never recover from a major security breach,” says Johnson. “System uptime and security has been our focus since 1999 – EDTS designs, installs, maintains, and supports IT systems, while EDTS Cyber helps organizations protect their data, secure their systems, and respond to cyber incidents utilizing highly trained and certified cyber professionals with cutting-edge technology.”

Both companies serve diverse clients of all sizes and across all major industries, including  logistics, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, local governments, and professional services. Many of these industries are under strict government and industry compliance requirements.  EDTS Cyber is also on a short list of approved and vetted South Carolina vendors to work on criminal justice information systems (CJIS) across the state.

The Charleston area continues to experience steady economic and employment growth, particularly in the hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, shipping and logistics, and business services sectors.

Charleston’s tourism industry has grown to a reported $19.1 billion annually. “The area hotels and restaurants are under more pressure than ever to protect their customer’s data and maintain PCI-DSS compliance,” says Johnson. Charleston also continues to defy national trends with continued growth in the area of manufacturing, as well as logistics companies.

“Our expanded presence in the area through our new Charleston branch office allows us to provide an even higher level of service to these businesses and the area residents they employ. We want Charleston area businesses to know we are here and we understand the ever-expanding complexities they face to keep their systems and data safe. This is our area of expertise,” says Johnson.

The new Charleston office will be located at 170 Meeting St., Charleston, S.C. 29401.