Ola Sage, CEO
An entrepreneur at heart, Ola founded her first Information Technology (IT) professional services company in 1999, growing it until a successful exit in 2018. As a champion and advocate for cybersecurity readiness, she frequently meets with and speaks to business groups and CEOs about cybersecurity and has testified to Congress on issues around cybersecurity insurance, the impact of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act on small and mid-sized companies (SMBs), and expanded liability protections for small businesses that participate in voluntary information sharing with the federal government.
Ola holds the Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) certificate and earned the Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification through ISACA, an international association of IT professionals involved in information security, assurance, risk management, and governance. She obtained her master’s degree in Technology Management from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
2017 Gold Stevie® Award, Computer Services Category, The American Business Awards
2014, Montgomery County Maryland Business Hall of Fame Inductee
2013 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award
2013 George Mason University‘s Top 20 Prominent Patriots
2012 Smart CEO Brava Women’s Leadership Award
2010 Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Award
2008 “25 Powerful Minority Women in Business,” the Minority Enterprise Executive Council
November 15, 2017 “Federal Government and Small Businesses: Promoting Greater Information Sharing For Stronger Cybersecurity”, Committee on Small Business, United States House of Representatives.
June 15, 2016 ”The Cybersecurity Act of 2015: Industry Perspectives”, Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, US House of Representatives.
March 19, 2015 “Examining the Evolving Cyber Insurance Marketplace,” Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, US Senate.
November 8, 2018 “Tips & Tricks for Small Business Cybersecurity Framework Implementation,” NIST Cybersecurity Risk Management Conference, Baltimore, MD.
October 28, 2018 “Cybersecurity Threats Facing Law Firms: Best Practices to Reduce Risk,” 59th Conference of Bar Presidents, National Harbor, MD.
August 8, 2018 “Hacked – Cybersecurity: Biggest Security Threats to Your Business,” The Power Conference, Rockville, MD.
May 4, 2018 “Technology and the Disappearing Cost Curve,” AICPA CFO Conference, New York, NY.
October 12, 2017, “Accessing Available Cybersecurity Resources,” American Small Business Cybersecurity Xchange, Silver Spring, MD.
Information & Communications Technology Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force, Executive Committee Member, Department of Homeland Security
IT Sector Coordinating Council, Executive Committee Member
Dean’s Advisory Council, George Mason University School of Business
Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, Board Secretary
Cybersecurity Association of Maryland (CAMI)
Cybersecurity Roundtable, Maryland Department of Commerce
Project Management Institute