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Ben Edson
President and Chief Executive Officer

Ben Edson founded VariQ in 2003, and has applied his business and cyber security leadership into growing a professional services business which focuses on State and Federal customers. As a positive minded and results driven manager, his background uniquely complements his drive to deliver technical, problem solving solutions while fostering lasting, trusted partnerships with industry. His specialties are in the areas of Cyber and Information Security, Systems Design and Integration, and Program Management.

Prior to VariQ he held the position of Security Architect at MSD and Security Consultant at Symantec where he performed numerous technical implementations throughout the United States and Mexico for Fortune 100 and commercial clients. Additionally he was the Business Manager for The Family Missions, an international non-profit organization.

Ben holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Information Telecommunications Systems from the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he holds numerous current and expired certifications including CISSP, SCSP, CISM, MCSE, CCNA, MSITS, ACIA, and GCIH.



Tom Edson, CPA, PMP
Chief Financial and Operations Officer

As CFO / COO for VariQ, Tom Edson has been responsible for the overall financial governance and management of VariQ's operations. He directs, monitors, and administers activities and policies related to finances, accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, and overall company operations.

Tom Edson received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Texas, San Antonio. He received his CPA certification from the State of Texas, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Prior to joining VariQ, Tom worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving for five years as a senior associate, where he specialized in financial statement audits of numerous financial companies such as hedge funds and banking clients. In 2010 he accepted VariQ’s invitation, and moved to Washington DC to join the VariQ team.



Brian Edwards
Director of Business Development

Since 2001 Brian Edwards has worked in the field of security, managing and supporting the development and implementation of security initiatives across a wide spectrum of customers including the Executive Offices of the White House, the Department of Defense, Petro-Chemical Companies and U.S. Embassies.

He has managed hundreds of facility protection projects around the globe. He specializes in working with clients to identify their needs and provide effective solutions.

Prior to joining VariQ Brian Edwards held the position of Director of Business Development for Mitigation Technologies. In this capacity he worked to grow Mitigation Technologies into a multi-million dollar corporation. One key achievement was securing the only Department of Homeland Security, SAFETY Act coverage for a blast mitigation product.



Marcie L. Nagel, MSIA, CISSP, PMP
Director of Cyber Security

Ms. Marcie Nagel has 14 years of vast experience across the Information Assurance and Cyber Security fields, leading Enterprise Continuous Monitoring, Compliance, Security Operations, Incident Response, and Vulnerability Management activities. She has specialized in achieving a risk appropriate security posture for operational environments within the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.
Prior to joining VariQ, Marcie served as the IT Security Program Manager for the FBI’s Office of Special Technologies, where she successfully overhauled the certification and accreditation methodology by developing continuous monitoring strategies, in line with the NIST Risk Management Framework, to ensure appropriate risk levels were maintained through security operations oversight. Marcie also served active duty in the United States Air Force where she led Information Assurance Programs within the Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency and overseas.
Marcie holds an Associate of Science degree in Information Technology Management from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor’s Of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s of Science in Information Assurance from Norwich University. In addition, Marcie is a Certified Information System Security Professional and a certified Project Management Professional.