Ellensburg checked all the boxes for CI Security when it went looking for a second location to expand its business operations.

“Ellensburg was selected really from 20 different locations in the U.S. that we analyzed,” said CI Security CEO Garrett Silver. “We choose Ellensburg because it has higher quality of life, it has lower cost of living and we got great partnership from Central Washington University.”

CI Security’s has a operations center in Bremerton and headquarters in Seattle. The Ellensburg center is at 203 W. Seventh Avenue.

Silver described the mission of the business:

“The organizations that protect the health of our communities, hospitals, city and county government, utilities are all at risk from cyber attacks. One of the core reasons is there’s not enough security talent, big shortage of security professionals and our mission is to help them be more secure.

“Because of that we inherit the problem of training more security analysts and what we do is put security analysts in security operation centers to do 24/7 monitoring of our customers’ networks.’”

CI’s clients include public sector entities such as hospitals, cities, counties, utilities and critical services, as well as private sector clients such as law firms and manufacturers.

“We’re basically looking for the bad guys in the networks so you can get them out quickly,” Silver said.

CENTRAL CONNECTION

In addition to the qualities Ellensburg offered, Silver said CWU was a major draw.

Central has a cyber security program.

While the academic background is important, Silver said CI Security can provide the practical, on-the-job experience.

Within the cyber security field, Silver said there are businesses that provide security programs, but CI takes a different approach of combining the technology with a human analyst.

Silver said with the program-only services, clients tend to experience “alert fatigue.”

“We have the great technology but we also have people in our centers,” Silver said.

The centers are staffed 24-7.

The Ellensburg center is still getting up to speed, but Silver said if the building is capable of housing 50 to 100 analysts if there is the demand.

Silver said cyber security is a growth field.

“We tripled in size in the past year,” he said.

ROSLYN ROOTS

While Silver said Ellensburg was selected for the qualities it offered, he as already familiar with Kittitas County.

Silver grew up in Roslyn and graduated from Cle Elum-Roslyn High School in 1989 before going off to college at Stanford and then Western Washington University. His mom Susan Johnson and stepdad Doug Johnson, live in Roslyn.

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