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Fend Receives First Canadian Patent

Fend adds to its portfolio of patents with its first awarded by Canada. 


Fend Represented at the 2020 AEE World Energy Conference and Expo

Fend CEO Colin Dunn spoke about industrial cybersecurity and novel uses of data diode technology at the 2020 AEE Conference.


DOE Contract Win

Team led by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) including Fend Earns $6 Million DOE Grant to Boost Electric Co-op Cybersecurity Readiness



Fend to Secure Automotive Telemetry Monitoring

Fend and George Mason University submitted a winning proposal to extract data from vehicles and process the data in the cloud


Fend wins Green Electronics Council Award
The Green Electronics Council awarded Fend with the 2019 Catalyst award for Disruptive Innovation. Read more here.

Defense TechConnect Recognizes Fend
TechConnect recognized Fend's technology with the 2019 Defense Innovation Award. More about the program here.

Fend wins Department of Energy SBIR Phase II Award
Fend received a $1.05 million follow-on to its Phase I project which demonstrated the ability to protect solar energy equipment from cyberattack. Read the press release.

Fend celebrates 2 years in business!
Happy birthday, Fend!  We are thankful to our families, friends, and customers for making this a great year. We celebrate from our new, larger headquarters in Arlington, Virginia!

Fend opens new location in Arlington, Virginia
The team expended into a larger location to accommodate growth. The new office is at 4600 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203.


Fend named finalist for ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation award
Fend showcased it technology at the ACT-IAC event in Washington, DC.


Fend wins $1.6 million Department of Defense contract

Fend will install its data diode hardware at Army Corps of Engineer facilities for performance evaluation under the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). Read the article here.

Fend joins MindShare Network
Fend's was invited to be part of this network of DC-area high-tech leaders. Read the press release.


Fend profiled by ARLnow
The ARLnow team provides a nice writeup in their Startup Monday feature. Read the article here.

Fend celebrates one year in business!
Happy Birthday, Fend! Thank you to everyone who helped us get here.


Fend welcomes Sang Lee, Chief Engineer
Sang Lee joins Fend to oversee technical development of our hardware offering.  With 30 years of electronics design and project management, Mr. Lee is responsible for all aspects of Fend’s product development, applying practical expertise learned with advanced cellular networks, fiber optic communication, and developing critical asset sensors used in healthcare.  
Mr. Lee has previously served as principal engineer for Emcore and as an early member of Insenix. He holds 5 US patents, 5 Korean Patents and 1 Japanese Patent.


Fend welcomes John Gaffigan, VP of Sales
John Gaffigan joins Fend to drive market development of our security offering.  Mr. Gaffigan is responsible for all aspects of Fend’s revenue generation, via both direct sales and channel development.  His go-to-market campaigns are rooted in a core philosophy of shared success for both customer and company.
During his career, Mr. Gaffigan has been an individual contributor and has led sales teams within the Telecom, Information Security, Professional Services, and Green Technology sectors.  Previous employers include Verio, Oracle, HP Enterprise Services (EDS), Alcatel, Nortel, and BellSouth.
Mr. Gaffigan is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, and holds a B.A. degree in Economics.


Fend moves to new Arlington, VA headquarters
To accommodate anticipated staff growth and be more centered in the Northern Virginia tech community, Fend moved our corporate headquarters to Techspace at 4075 Wilson Boulevard.  This maturation of our organization allows us to readily scale our team as early pilot projects expand into widespread deployment of our products. We encourage all interested parties to visit our new office to see what we’re building and meet the team!

Fend wins SBIR award from Department of Energy
Fend received significant market validation by a $150,000 award from the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Solar to adapt our hardware for utility scale solar arrays.  As the fastest growing component in the energy sector, solar energy is as susceptible to rogue nation hacking as our conventional power plant grids. Fend will develop a solution that assures our solar infrastructure is immune from outside breach attempts to take down this essential energy infrastructure of these connected systems. 


Fend joins Smart City Works business actuator  
Smart City Works ( notes their mission as “to build and launch next generation IOT infrastructure start-ups.” Having established their credibility via two cohorts of emerging companies (in Spring 2017 and Fall 2017), Fend recognized that such an incubator would be of direct value to bring structure to the creation of Founder, Colin Dunn.  Mr. Dunn was accepted to be part of SCW’s Spring 2018 cohort on April 4, 2018. The rigorous 12 week process SCW employs to advance the member cohort companies has been invaluable to Fend’s current state of readiness. SCW selects five to six innovative companies twice a year to receive a heavy regimen of mentorship, market development advice, and access to funding resources.  
SCW affords Fend access to a world class ecosystem of over three dozen leading universities, non-profits, professional services companies, public sector partners, and a wide network of industry experts.  The cumulative benefit to guide and coach us through the innovation-commercialization process and position our technology to compete and grow in the marketplace has been and will be invaluable.