Chief Executive Officer
Layer 8 Security
Location: Malvern, PA
As the chief executive officer of Layer 8 Security, Jeffrey Lipson has led the company to become a trusted provider of cybersecurity, regulatory and compliance solutions.
Under Lipson’s leadership, Layer 8 Security’s innovative solutions have garnered recognition and awards, including from the Philadelphia Business Journal, and PHL Inno’s Fire Awards for the launch of the Medical Aegis platform. The platform, developed by Layer 8 Security, offers smart medical device cyber-risk management and provides analysis, tracking, mitigation and reporting on medical device risks before they reach the market.
“You can get a safe corporate job and do very well. Or you can gamble everything and start a new venture,” Lipson said. “Military members, as well as first responders, often call ourselves ‘Sheep Dogs.’ We feel a benevolent need to help others. I feel strongly about keeping businesses in business. I have a strong sense of community, and Layer 8 Security provides value to the ecosystem of companies in the life sciences, healthcare, financial sectors and others in critical infrastructure.”
The company’s commitment to high-quality service led to its recognition as a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) registered practitioner organization. As one of a select group of companies globally with this accreditation, Layer 8 Security is well equipped to guide government contractors through the CMMC certification process, positioning them to bid on and receive government contracts.
“Layer 8 Security is uniquely qualified to help customers achieve their certifications,” the company said. “Many of our teammates served in the military and have collectively 90 plus years of government and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) experience. As a cybersecurity company, we also place an emphasis on improving current security controls.
“Lipson fosters a culture of growth and recognition where talent is nurtured and achievements are celebrated,” his team said. By promoting from within and providing opportunities for advancement, Lipson has created a pathway for junior associates to excel and thrive. The company’s formal training program and certification process have resulted in increased employee satisfaction and retention, making Layer 8 Security one of Philadelphia’s Best Places to Work.
Lipson said the key traits to quality leadership are integrity and charisma.
“When times are tough, the team looks to their leader for strength, courage and inspiration. It’s easy to be a sunshine patriot,” he said.
This is Lipson’s second time on the Titan 100 list.
“The ability to share and collaborate with fellow Titans has really been a game changer for me,” Lipson said. “There is a saying about leadership and loneliness. Our ability to share and discuss common problems, ways to overcome challenges, and general support, has been a tremendous help.”
As an executive leader, I've learned that peer relationships matter. The ability to share and collaborate with fellow Titans has really been a game changer for me. There is a saying about leadership and loneliness. Our ability to share and discuss common problems, ways to overcome challenges, and general support, has been a tremendous help.