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    Business Startup Help?
    I am looking for some advice and direction for a business start up in information assurance/cyber security. I am currently an employee for the DOD as an information assurance manager and work with computer security (vulnerability scanning/penetration testing/system patching) and see that there is a HUGE need for this type of work in the DOD and other agencies. I have a business degree and understand the fundamentals of business, but how can I start taking these ideas and developing a concrete plan? I know two other individuals that are very proficient in cyber sec/IA and all have aspirations of starting a small business....Can anyone out there please provide me with some ideas or direction on how I can approach this business? Thank you very much!
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    What kind of business degree do you have? Usually developing a business plan is part of a business education because that is where you start, with a plan. You have an incredible "in" as you already work for the DOD and can gain knowledge of what exactly they are looking for when you respond to a RFP. A RFP (request for proposal) is how you would get government business. DOD states what they need and companies respond with a proposal (how they would meet the need and how much it would cost). You may have to be a pre-approved vendor, for example, I doubt that many companies that do business with Iran would also do business with the DOD. Find a book on business plans or a link, http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting-business and give some though to how you would provide he cyber security. Also consider you might need to work some time (years) without a government contract, maybe not because the government does some awfully stupid things but contracting with a company that has no history of doing business is really beyond awfully stupid.
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