Reflecting on the First Half of 2019 and Looking Forward


Kate Shapiro, SVP Operations, LaunchTech Communications 

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Industry Recognition & Involvement

With the summer season in full swing, our team is taking a moment to recap our eventful first half of 2019. We kicked off the year by being named to Expertise’s list of 14 Best PR Firms in Baltimore for the second year in a row. Expertise seeks to connect businesses with service providers that are the best-of-the-best in a given geographic area. They reviewed 167 Baltimore-based PR Firms and whittled down to the top 14 by examining each firm’s reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism. LaunchTech is driven by a passion for providing both domestic and international clients with outstanding PR guidance and results, and we are honored to be recognized for our work. 

To further contribute to the local cybersecurity community LaunchTech has become a member of Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI). CAMI is dedicated to the growth of the cybersecurity industry in Maryland by providing events for companies to make connections, form partnerships, and encourage continued education. You can catch some of our team members at the Cyber Warrior Women Summer Social on August 21 at Pinot’s Palette in Columbia. When asked about the new membership, Managing Director Wayne Schepens said, “We are happy to have growing recognition as a niche PR Firm specializing in cybersecurity and high-technology in Maryland and beyond. The Baltimore-DC area has the potential to be the industry hub in the near future, so it’s an exciting time to be located here.”  

A Growing & Active Team

The LaunchTech team is comprised of diversely-skilled professionals which propels our ability to support clients’ goals and benchmarks of success. As our clients have grown, we have kept pace by welcoming two new team members. Bridget Kunz and Sara Knott joined our team this past spring as our Marketing Manager and as an Account Coordinator, respectively.

Our team doesn’t stay locked away in the office, we often attend industry events such as the 2019 RSA Conference, DC Metro Cyber Security Summit and PR Summit DC. In March, a veteran team of five traveled to San Francisco to support 14 clients for a total of 119 meetings. Before large industry events, such as RSA, we line up numerous analyst briefings, podcast slots, and media interviews for our clients. We then provide them with a detailed itinerary and are on-site to support their meetings in addition to hosting media cocktail hours and dinners. 

Keep an eye out for the LaunchTech team at Black Hat USA in Las Vegas this month! If you’re going for the first time, or just need a refresher, here are some tips on how to prepare

Sample of Client Highlights

Here is a brief list highlighting some of our clients’ wins and coverage: 

  • Baffin Bay Networks dropped in on Cyberscoop’s Securiosity podcast with Greg Otto and Jen Odaniel to talk about Huawei. 
  • Bandura Cyber launched a global channel partner program and became a regular contributor to Dark Reading.
  • The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced the funding of 11 different companies and news that CB Insights named CIT GAP Funds Virginia’s most active investor. 
  • Cofense collaborated with Dan Patterson and Graham Kates of CBS News on an exciting story about phishing. The company was also positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s quadrant on Security Awareness Computer Based Training.
  • CyberGRX released a study, in conjunction with Ponemon, about the cost and effectiveness of third-party cyber risk management. 
  • Denim Group remains a key source for reporters seeking to cover election security.
  • D3 Security published a survey with SANS that illustrates the need for security automation to stabilize the resources and skills gap. 
  • Enveil’s CEO, Ellison Anne Williams, was named to SC Magazine’s Women to Watch list. The company has continued working to bring a new kind of encryption to market.
  • MasterPeace collaborated with NIST on a consortium to reduce IoT vulnerabilities.
  • Stardog was named to the DBTA 100 2019, “The Companies That Matter Most in Data” and weighed in on the Federal Data Strategy.
  • SyncDog talked to Bree Fowler at Consumer Reports about using public wifi, and yes, it’s still a bad idea.
  • ThreatQuotient discussed how threat sharing can improve security with Jaikumar Vijayan from CSO. The company was also the runner-up in the DC Inno Tech Madness Challenge.  

Looking Forward

Our team is moving full steam ahead for the remainder of 2019 as we continue pumping out client awards applications, conference speaking proposals, and arranging top media coverage. We are looking forward to unveiling a company operating in stealth, in the early fall. Additionally, we are excited to be exploring the world of bio-technology with Diagnostic Biochips as they undergo a website rebuild and prepare to partake in industry conferences. 


For cybersecurity and high-technology companies seeking to further establish their brand and reputation in the B2B and B2G marketplaces, get in touch with our leadership team for a consultation at or 410-533-9708. 

Author : Wayne Schepens