Appalachia Technologies Featured in PA Chamber’s Catalyst Magazine!



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Businesses in central Pennsylvania and around the world have seen the dramatic effects of technological changes.

Technology has made business faster, revolutionized communications and enabled workforce agility. But with incidents of data breaches, ransomware and CEO fraud on the rise and in the news, business executives have cause to be concerned.

As a result of the increasing cyber security threats, Appalachia Technologies established the vision and the way forward to develop ATProtect, a managed security service designed to help businesses stay ahead of the latest security threats and take the worry out of network security.

Derived from the Native American word “Apalachee” — which means “torch bearers” or “people who bring light,” Appalachia Technologies was founded by Mike Romano and Brian Stone in 2004.  The company offers a complete range of IT consulting services. “We enlighten our customers about their own environments through audits and assessments,” said Mike Williams, vice president of professional services. “With this data, we help them close the gaps as they become more secure, more reliable and higher performing in the delivery of services to their own customers.”

The key differentiating factor from other IT companies is that Appalachia does not sell any hardware or software — making them a pillar of independence that allows their consulting services to be delivered in an unbiased, trustworthy manner.

“Embracing a culture devoted to outstanding service, technical experience and positive client experiences is top priority — these are the core values we lead with,” said Williams. “This outstanding culture has led to significant growth and achievements, such as earning one of the Central Penn Business Journal’s ‘Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies’ awards in 2014 and 2015, and most recently having achieved a ‘Best Places to Work in PA’ award for 2017.”

Former adjunct professors at Central Penn College, Romano and Stone cultivate a culture for continued learning with existing staff; and stay connected with engineering talent in the area as well as nationally in their recruiting efforts. They are long-term, active members of the Technology Council of Central PA, and support Harrisburg University through sponsoring events such as the Code4PA Hackathon.

The Appalachia team continues to put forth new offerings, such as Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing attacks.  With a heightened level of security, prevention efforts are key — both in terms of awareness training for employees and robust technical prevention controls; and in combination with a solid business continuity plan in the event of a ransomware attack or even natural disaster.

With 13 years of organic growth, Romano and Stone continue to look for new offerings and strategic acquisitions to take the company to the next level.  This year, Jeff Reed joined Appalachia as vice president of sales to lead the charge in developing new strategies that foster additional business growth and ambitious sales goals.

Appalachia Technologies has a commitment to the community through its involvement in volunteer activities such as Adopt-a-Highway, and the company’s workplace giving program includes fundraising matches for organizations such as the Bethesda Mission and Red Cross.  Whenever possible, they choose local organizations with a similar corporate philanthropy for event planning, such as the Lions Club of Marysville, the Mechanicsburg Rotary and Mission BBQ. According to founder Brian Stone, “Giving back is truly the best way to feel good about our journey.”