Nov 05 2018

Layer 8 Security Executive Director honored as a Philadelphia Veteran of Influence

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 1, 2018 – Jeff Lipson, Layer 8 Security’s Executive Director, has been awarded the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2018 Veteran of Influence Award.  On Nov 1, 2018 at the Hilton Penn’s Landing, the award ceremony recognized influential veterans local to the Philadelphia business community.

In addition to the Veteran of Influence award, Jeff was also featured on Radio America’s live broadcast originally airing October 21, 2018.

Layer 8 Security is proud to extend its congratulations to Jeff and all Honorees of this prestigious award. His leadership, diligence, and passion for helping veterans is unwavering, and his loyalty to the cause knows no bounds. Whether in the business, military, or academic community, Jeff is playing a vital role in furthering the position of veterans.

Excerpt from the November 1, 2018 Philadelphia Business Journal:

Branch of service & highest rank achieved: U.S. Marine Corps, Colonel

What was your proudest moment during your years of service? My promotion to colonel. My selection was a win for geeks everywhere. As the skinny, bullied computer nerd kid; this promotion was the ultimate transformation. If I can become a Marine and a colonel to boot — anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.

Tell us about the most memorable place you were stationed and what makes it stand out. The National Security Agency aka ‘The Fort.’ I had arguably one of the ‘coolest’ jobs in the world. Just not one I can talk about …

How did you choose your post military career? In some respects, it was chosen for me. My last active duty command was at Marine Forces Cyber. Starting a cybersecurity company was a natural extension.

How do you use your military experience/skills in your business? Honor, Courage, Commitment. These core values are integral to how we operate at Layer 8 Security. Our teammates and customers will always be treated with honesty, dignity, respect and our utmost pledge to be there for them, through thick and thin.

What qualities make veterans great job candidates? “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers …” [Henry V]. I want teammates who will be my brothers and sisters and will have my back; and whose loyalty I can always count on when things are darkest.

Would you advise young people to consider the military? Service to one’s nation and community is the highest achievement one can fulfill. While the military is not for everyone, volunteer for a good cause! Contribute to something you believe in. Get involved. From the Travis Manion Foundation, “If not me, then who?”

Your advice to recently discharged veterans? Obi-Wan Kenobi was more powerful after Darth Vader ‘struck him down’ on the Death Star. What I mean by this: You are more influential and can change people’s lives as a veteran, than you ever could while on active duty. As a veteran in the community use all the skills and traits you learned while in uniform to be a force for good.