Focal Point Opens New Academy Campus in Maryland

January 21, 2020

COLUMBIA, Md. – Focal Point Data Risk, LLC (“Focal Point”), a leading cybersecurity services provider, today announced the opening and expansion of its new Academy Campus located at 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD.

The new state-of-the-art facility will serve as a workforce development hub for government and commercial clients. The expanded campus will provide technical, hands-on cyber training to thousands of students per year and will serve as a laboratory for the latest thought leadership, research, and techniques in cybersecurity workforce development. Focal Point Academy courses can also be scheduled at a satellite campus in San Antonio, Tex., or on-site at client locations.

“Given the current shortage of qualified cyber job applicants, the need for cybersecurity workforce development services has never been greater. Opening this new campus will expand our ability to meet that need while providing a world-class experience for our students,” said Buffy Ellis, Executive Vice President of Focal Point Academy. “This facility – combined with new course offerings, our workforce screening services, and skills-based badging program – allows Focal Point Academy to better serve organizations looking for end-to-end workforce development solutions for their cyber talent. Our mission is to grow and strengthen cyber teams and this new facility will help us do just that.”

The new facility will feature state-of-the-art technology capabilities in each of its classrooms, and will also include a variety of meeting spaces, conference rooms, and offices for Academy staff and clients. It also features a large, upscale student lounge, flexible work spaces, and broad range of additional hospitality options.

“Our cybersecurity workforce development services have had a meaningful, measurable impact on the security programs at many of the world’s most recognizable companies,” said Brian Marlier, CEO of Focal Point. “Having a world-class facility, in addition to our industry-leading courses and instructors, is a critical component of the experience we promise to our clients, and I’m excited that we’ll be able to deliver like never before.”

Focal Point Academy is a division of Focal Point Data Risk, LLC, a leading security services provider. Focal Point Academy offers cutting-edge cybersecurity workforce development services to the Fortune 500, federal government, and elite teams within the US Military. Their proprietary methodology provides a comprehensive answer to organizations looking to upskill their cyber teams, create sustainable talent pipelines, and protect the enterprise from changing threats. Focal Point Academy’s services can be paired with other Focal Point capabilities, from cyber and privacy consulting to technology integration and implementation, to provide an end-to-end solution for leading cyber teams. Learn more about Focal Point Academy at


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Focal Point Data Risk, a leading cybersecurity services provider, helps companies secure the future of their business. By integrating market-leading consulting, technology integration, and cyber workforce development services, Focal Point provides an end-to-end solution for security leaders looking to future-proof their companies against threats, changing data protection laws, and growing workforce shortages. From the server room to the board room, Focal Point enables companies to build stronger, smarter, and more resilient cybersecurity programs that can scale at the pace of business growth. Focal Point works with the largest and most innovative companies in the U.S., including 6 of the top 10 companies by revenue and more than half of the Fortune 50. For more information about Focal Point, please visit