By way of Oklahoma City and after expanding into Dallas, a growing cybersecurity company has further implanted itself into the Richmond region.
Alias, which offers services like digital forensics, network monitoring, firewall maintenance and mock attacks on clients’ computer systems, recently opened an office in coworking space Venture X Richmond at 1806 Summit Ave. in Scott’s Addition.
It marks the next step for the company here, after first dipping its toes into the region with one remote employee.
CEO and owner Donovan Farrow said he liked Richmond’s vibe after he hired the locally-based worker and felt there was space in the local cybersecurity scene for the company to set up shop.
“I really like it here, so let’s get (the employee) an office and expand,” Farrow said. “This area looked really underserved. We don’t have federal contracts and we’re not here for D.C.”
The company still currently has just the one local employee but is actively hiring. Within the year, the company plans to have around 10 local employees and Farrow expects the company to be back in the market for office space then.
Alias sends its employees to be on-site with clients during cyber-security emergencies. And while it will fly people to clients, having regional offices helps ease travel, Farrow said.
“That has made it successful. We can always work remote, but we meet (with clients) and work through the process because it is stressful. We’re always on site for any engagement we do,” he said.
The company’s services range in cost from $5,000 up to $150,000.
Farrow said Alias has between 300 and 400 clients, most of which are in the financial, energy, casino, education and local government sectors.
Farrow founded Alias in 2010 in Oklahoma City. The company has 24 employees.
It moved into its Scott’s Addition office late last year, following a Dallas outpost that opened in June 2020. Both satellite offices are in coworking spaces, which Farrow said is an intentional decision to help find clients.
“It’s easier to maintain and it’s really good for networking. We don’t have any salespeople at all but we do really good sales because we talk to people,” he said.