November 13, 2017

Washington Post: Departing NSA veterans catch the eye of Silicon Valley investors

Enveil CEO Ellison Anne Williams is featured in this The Washington Post article


With a newly minted PhD in “pure math” in 2004 (it was actually a dual degree in math and machine learning), Ellison Anne Williams saw her work going in one of three directions: the National Security Agency, IBM or academic research.

She chose classified government intelligence work and spent the formative years of her career laboring away in secret, immersed in the agency’s mission. She climbed the ranks to become a senior technologist at the agency.

But the urge to be her own boss never went away. So last year, after 12 years at the NSA, she left to start her own cybersecurity company.

She didn’t have to go far. She and about a dozen agency colleagues now work out of an office in Maple Lawn, a young community south of Columbia, Md., just a few minutes drive from the NSA’s campus at Fort Meade. The small company, called Enveil, has more than a dozen corporate customers and has raised $5 million from investors.

Read the full article here.

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