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D.C. cybersecurity firm opens Wichita office

Wichita Business Journal | Daniel McCoy

A cybersecurity firm headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with extensive experience with the U.S. Department of Defense has opened a regional office in Wichita.

Millennium Corp. began out of co-working space locally late last month, but comes to town with years of work already under its belt with the 177th Red Team and 184th Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard at McConnell Air Force Base.

But the true draw of Wichita for the firm, says Matthew Hulse, its director of cybersecurity and solutions, is a pipeline of cybersecurity talent that will help meet increasing demand for Millennium’s services in the broader contractor market.

“I like to think that we’re a sleeper cell of talent out here,” Hulse says.

Millennium has operations in 21 states, as well as satellite offices in Huntsville, Ala., and Charleston, S.C.

Locally, Hulse, says it has seven people, most of whom are working on-site for customers.

But the company is looking to grow its commercial base as increasing cybersecurity regulations for defense contractors like Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) mean that any company with defense contracts will have to meet new standards.

That’s particularly relevant for Wichita’s aerospace manufacturers, many of whom count defense work as important parts of their portfolios.

“Through this new office, we are extending the high-end, high-caliber cybersecurity personnel and support we provide our military clients to new corporate partners,” Hulse says.

As those partnerships materialize, he says, the firm will look for more permanent office space in Wichita — an area Hulse says is increasingly notable for its cybersecurity talent.

From skilled military personnel looking to transition out of McConnell but remain local, to growing emphasis on cybersecurity at local universities, Hulse is confident that Millennium can attract the workers it will need as it grows.

“As a thought leader in the cyberspace and security industry, Millennium is a welcome addition to Wichita’s growing cybersecurity community,” says Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who advocated for the founding of the local office. “Regional businesses continue to be reliable and growing partners for our military through Department of Defense contracts, and with Millennium’s expertise and credentials, it will be a great asset in providing cybersecurity services for our nation.”

Adrienne Korson, director of economic development for the Greater Wichita Partnership, says attracting a company like Millennium — as well as the move to Wichita announced last month by California cybersecurity firm Novacoast — proves the region is a growing hot spot for the important sector of technology.

“I think it just goes to show the amazing assets we have across the whole ecosystem,” she says. “We’re well-positioned for growth in this market.”

And with regulatory frameworks like CMMC to likely be emulated by other industries, the potential for Millennium’s local growth stretches well beyond just defense contractors.

And any business — whether in defense or not — needs to be ready to combat cybersecurity threats, Hulse says.

“Policy and compliance will only get you so far,” he says. “You need to understand the threats that are out there … (and) translate that to action steps.”