About Us and Our Intrusion Prevention System


Firmitas Secure is a leading provider of "best in class" information security solutions for industry and governments. Firmitas Secure focuses on information security for critical infrastructure clients delivering best in class solutions in the most innovative and cost effective manner. Founded on the strongest belief that for our clients; industry leaders, utilities, federal, and state governments, best in class security is not an option, it is a mandate. Our mission is to ensure our clients are prepared and secure. Our practices deliver "best in class" information security and enhance long term compliance for each and every client we serve. Our focus on innovation delivers the most cost effective solutions for our clients.

Firmitas Secure is headquartered near our nation's capital in Ashburn, Virginia. We have access to the most talented and innovative leaders in information security, information technology, critical infrastructure protection, and compliance standards. The entire Firmitas Secure team is client focused and dedicated to delivering customizable "best in class" IT security to all of our clients regardless of the organization's size and sophistication in security solutions.

Our clients are diverse – some call it cyber security – others information security. Many have robust IT security capabilities in house – others need complete managed information security services provided for them. Some are driven by their IT security team – others by their compliance officers. They all share one thing in common – they rely on Firmitas Secure for "best in class" information security, enhanced compliance and reducing cost.


Dr. Eric Cole – Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Cole is a cyber security thought leader with unparalleled experience delivering integrated solutions and innovation to government and industry. He focuses on creating, enhancing and solving complex problems by bridging the gap between a business and technology mindset, with a focus on security and innovation.

Dr. Cole is an invited speaker and subject matter expert on SCADA and critical infrastructure cyber security. He is a member of many key organizations including the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President (25 industry experts), the Purdue University Executive Advisory Board and a SME for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Throughout his career as a consultant Dr. Cole has delivered best in class cyber security solutions to Fortune 500, Fortune 50, financial institutions, international organizations and the federal government. Engagements included creative ways to allow a major nuclear power plant to become compliant and put together a remediation plan to postpone fines for the organization. Dr. Cole continually stays abreast of cutting edge technology and industry regulations including NERC-CIP, CFATS and HSPD-7 and creates solutions that meet the business goals of an organization. Dr. Cole acts as an expert witness for several government and commercial companies in a variety of litigation (i.e. FTC vs. Microsoft and Nomadix vs. Second Rule).

Most recently Cole served at McAfee, as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Americas. As McAfee's visionary and evangelist Dr. Cole was responsible for strongly influencing the company's technical direction in alignment with our CEO, EVP, Product Operations and other key product executives and technologist across the world. Dr. Cole played an integral role in the company's strategic direction, development, and future growth as the global leader in digital security solutions. Dr Cole has had numerous executive roles in science and technology at industry leaders such as; Lockheed Martin, Sytex Group, GraceIC, American Institutes for Research, Vista Information Technologies, and Teligent. Dr. Cole began his career at the Central Intelligence Agency rising to Program Manager / Technical Director for the Internet Program Team with Office of Technical Services.

Dr Coles serves the SANS Institute as Dean of Faculty and a member of a 5 person team tasked with creating a degree granting institution and receiving certification from the state of Maryland. Currently offering two Master's degree program focused on technical people that need managerial skills and managers who need technical skills. Dr. Cole also served as Director of Research-Computer Network Attack-Enterprise Security Architecture and Director of the Cyber Defense Initiative.

Dr. Cole is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and New York Institute of Technology.
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Charlie Gloeckner – Founder and Managing Director

Prior to founding Firmitas Secure, Charlie was the Senior Director of Business Development for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Inc. In his role at NRECA, Charlie managed the Commercial and Industrial Business Development team which focused on protecting and growing more than $10 billion in annual revenue electric cooperatives derive from commercial and industrial customers. The team consulted utilities and their customers on best practices in a diverse range of topics including; contractual issues, technical operations, energy efficiency, energy information, business models, and renewable energy.

Charlie played a leading role in the creation of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Inc. a nationwide alliance of non-profit electric utilities and spearheaded the successful three year recruitment campaign that enlisted more the 530 independent electric utilities as participants and raised $60 million in funding to launch Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Inc. Prior to his work in the energy industry, Charlie was the Vice President for Sales at Matrix Aerospace, a division of Matrix Corporation. Charlie graduated from George Mason University with a M.A. in International Transactions and University of Maryland, University College with a B.S. in Economics, cum laude.


Firmitas Secure is always interested in meeting talented individuals with a passion for customer service and best in class information security, industry compliance and federal cyber security. Our growing team consists of full time employees and a select group of expert consultants that prefer to work on a contractual basis.

Current Areas of Interest:

  • NERC-CIP Compliance
  • Smart Grid Security
  • Electric Vehicle Systems – network security
  • Federal cyber security expertise with associated clearances

Feel free to send us your resume, bio, or CV to: HR@firmitas-secure.com