Homeland Security Today looks forward each year to our annual ranking of the top companies that produce the products and services needed to secure the nation. However, this year we’ve taken a different approach to our annual ranking. Rather than provide a simple ranking of 25 large contractors and 10 smaller firms based on contract earnings, we’ve decided to focus our attention on 10 companies that are doing innovative research and development in critical homeland security technology mission areas.
Doing so allows us to provide our government readers with more insight and analysis of what is happening in the private sector, and better aligns our coverage of these companies with priority information technology and IT security mission areas of interest to the homeland security enterprise.
Of course, such a listing is somewhat subjective and could never include every innovation currently underway or hitting the market at the present time. But we’ve asked Stephanie Sullivan, a consultant with the Market Intelligence division of immixGroup Inc., a leading government aggregator based in McLean, Va., to help identify what information technologies and cybersecurity initiatives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is focusing on, and to offer her assessment of the companies (both large and small) that have a unique or compelling solution in those areas.
We think this is a much more valuable approach to the annual ranking feature, particularly for our federal, state and local government readers who are not interested in the balance sheets of these companies, but in the capabilities and tools they have to offer.