Exospec wants to alter mindset on tech

WARREN — Tech startup Exospec held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center in Courthouse Square to celebrate the announcement of Warren as its corporate headquarters.

Though Exospec wears many hats, they are the Valley’s first managed service provider. This emerging enterprise flips the script on traditional methods of providing tech services.

Instead of relying on an array of different vendors for software and services like protecting against malware or managing cloud servers, managed service providers host and manage a number of services under their umbrella.

Integrating these normally disparate services under one provider means they can be managed, even automated, as a more complete entity. Tyler Harden, president of Exospec, said his company has no one way of doing this, using custom built solutions to simplify and solve clients’ problems.

“You can solve everything with software,” he said.

Exospec also offers top down security that is proactive instead of reactive. Instead of protecting each individual computer against something like malware with a single program, Exospec can protect the entire network and the individual end points.

“It is the difference between putting a lock on your bedroom door and leaving your front door open,” Harden said. “Versus putting steel rebar around your entire house and leaving your bedroom door locked as well.”

This integration of processes can improve efficiency for businesses in sectors far beyond tech, Harden said.

“You take a huge HR Department and you can downsize it by using a software solution that does a better job,” Harden said. “At the end of the day I want to be able to have something that is 100 percent automated.”

Already popular in cities with large tech sectors like San Francisco, Harden said the benefits of these enterprises are for any business, no matter its size or market.

“It doesn’t matter. If you have any sort of web presence or any type of dependence on the internet or computers that are networked or mobile phone . . . you need to be on this,” he said. “You are already paying for everything we are going to give you in one fixed, flat, custom-quoted solution. You are just paying for it in 20 different line items across 20 different companies.”

He pointed to recent news about Meltdown and Spectre, vulnerabilities in CPUs that have created security gaps in computers, smartphones and servers around the globe.

“Every device in the past four, five years is broken,” he said. “What makes the news is when Inspirion gets hacked or someone holds IBM hostage. What doesn’t make the news is that a percentage of small businesses get completely wiped out because they have no way to deal with this.”

Two weeks after opening an administrative office in TBEIC, Exospec is already at work integrating itself in the Warren-Youngstown Community, explaining how its services can benefit Valley business.

“Now TBEIC is at full capacity, in terms of business and investments in this building, which is heartwarming because I was here at the onset, when we were in our infancy stages just struggling to get our feet wet,” Waren Mayor Doug Franklin said. “This is a great day, having a company like Exospec partnering with TBEIC.”

Harden said there is no reason the newest technology and techniques of Silicon Valley like machine learning can’t be useful to the area.

“I identified a tech need in this region seven years ago,” he said. “I knew I wanted to do something tech related in my hometown area my entire life … I turned down a number of extremely lucrative opportunities because I believed in this being the right time and place to come back and do this here because this is just the beginning.”