The Power of Community

Here at EVOTEK, we have built a cybersecurity team led by Macy Dennis, Matt Shufeldt, and Matt Stamper. We have attracted talented employees and loyal customers across the technology stack inside the data center and outside in the cloud, but most importantly it is the combination of our employees, clients, and partners that makes us a community with the power to make the world a safer and better place.

Our own perspective and the importance of a community are largely dependent on our own experiences and as humans, we join communities for various reasons. Sometimes there is some pain or trauma that motivates us to join a community or maybe we simply enjoy being part of a community for the feeling of being something bigger than ourselves that inspires us around a common or collective goal. Regardless of the motivation, the best communities are the ones that have a sense of purpose that allow us to interact, collaborate, coordinate, and communicate that make us safer, stronger, happier and smarter. The power of a community can be seen in the mission and purpose statements of some of the world’s most successful companies and it all centers around communities.

Amazon didn’t become a trillion-dollar company by saying they were going to be a trillion-dollar company but “to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online.”

Servicenow did not become the world’s most innovative company by saying they want to be the best platform for IT Service Management but built a community that “makes work work better.”

Nike didn’t become the worlds most valuable apparel brand by saying they want to charge $180 for a pair of sneakers but ” to do everything possible to expand human potential, by making products more sustainably, by building a creative and diverse global team and by making a positive impact in communities where we live and work.”

The world’s best companies have grown by attracting talent, clients, and partners because of their ability to inspire diverse groups of people with a common thread of building a community.


Sometimes you find inspiration when you don’t expect it. I joined EVOTEK one year ago in search of a community that wanted to make a real difference. Last week we launched our 1st annual Cybersecurity Summit. In attendance, we had cybersecurity and business leaders who wanted to know more about how to make their organizations and data safer from the threats of criminals. We discussed data governance, operational and application security. We also challenged the community to make them aware that criminals share, collaborate, communicate and distribute information on how to steal data and information. The intent to convert these activities to currency or worse state actors to finance nefarious activities that generally create chaos that could harm life itself. It was absolutely amazing to see the engagement of the business community during this one day conference and the need to combat the criminal community with an organized community of our own.

It will only be possible to combat this threat by sharing, collaborating, communicating and distributing best practices. This is why the EVOTEK community plays such an important role. How do we source, manage and operate resources and how do we act when there is a real incident that throws everything into chaos and most importantly how do we make our world safer? There is no one person that has all the answers yet companies rely on limited expertise or have limited awareness on how to manage these risks that are only increasing in size and scope. We need a community of experts to deal with the persistent threat of cybercriminals and we need the experts to be participating collectively.

We invite clients, employees, and partners to join the EVOTEK community to make the world a safer and better place. We invite you to become inspired with us as we embark on this journey and use the power of community to make a difference.

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