Entering the Business of Cybersecurity

Russell Mace, CEO of Macetech Security Solutions kicked off the Enlightened Entrepreneur event sharing his adventures into the ever-changing world of cybersecurity.  Over seventy students and business owners eager to learn from his journey filled the seats in the Advanced Technology Center at Gulf Coast State College.

“It is important to recognize what you are good at doing, to have stability in your life, and always be honest and have integrity when starting a business,” Russell told the audience. He started his career as a civilian employee of the United States Navy and became an expert software engineer developing simulations and applications.  After being temporarily laid off, the circumstances were just right to build his own company. Russell had 28 years as a defense contractor when he formed Macetech Solutions Inc. 

The challenge of launching Macetech motivated Russell to continue to develop his skill stack in all areas of business.  A basic tenet he follows that helps him adjust and adapt to the evolution in his field is simple, “if you are not marketing and innovating, you are not doing business.” 

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