OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
Technology plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of our lives today. The more entrenched it is in government systems, in our offices and in our home appliances the more vulnerable we are to cyber attacks.
On this edition of Out to Lunch, Stephanie Riegel introduces two local experts on the subject of cyber security. One developing technology; the other trying to protect us from malware and hackers.
Mo Vij is the founder and CEO of General Infomatics. It’s a nearly 16 year old IT services company based in Baton Rouge that develops software to help clients in the defense sector, health care industry, business, law enforcement and more. General Infomatics recently unveiled a new product called Gismo that serves as a handheld communication device police officers can use in the field. In the non-cyber world, Mo recently announced plans to develop a high-tech office park at the corner of Bluebonnet and Highland Road that will have a Silicon Valley-style, campus-like atmosphere and hopefully attract more high tech tenants in the years to come.
While Mo’s company is making technology, John Zachary’s firm is trying to guard users of technology from cyber attacks. John worked for clients like the Pentagon and the National Security Administration in Washington D.C. for several years before returning in 2016 to his native Baton Rouge and bringing his services here. While we may hear about high profile hacking incidents when Netflix or PayPal are the victims, John will tell you that local businesses and even individuals need to stay on their toes, too. Because we are all vulnerable.