Warwick, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin announced today that he will bring Tim Hebert, the President and CEO of Atrion, as his guest to President Obama’s final State of the Union address next Tuesday, January 12. Atrion is a Warwick-based IT services firm that provides, among its solution areas, cybersecurity offerings around perimeter security, compliance and information protection.
“Cybersecurity is an issue of economic and national security, and given the complex threat landscape we face as a nation, I hope that the President will address the need for strong cyber defenses in his speech,” said Langevin, who co-founded and co-chairs the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and is a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees. “The President has been increasingly active on cybersecurity issues, taking several executive actions to better position the United States to defend itself and our networks in cyberspace. Rhode Island is fortunate to have a strong, proactive network of cybersecurity professionals from education to the private sector, and Tim Hebert is a leading voice in this discussion.”
“I am incredibly honored to accept Congressman Jim Langevin’s invitation to attend the upcoming Presidential State of the Union address,” said Atrion CEO Tim Hebert. “The topics of cybersecurity and workforce development remain core drivers in dictating Atrion’s roadmap, and it has been my pleasure working with the Congressman on these critical issues. I believe that 2016 will be a watershed moment for the state in addressing the talent gap and advancing industries, like cybersecurity. I am humbled to be able to represent the state of Rhode Island, along with Congressman Langevin, at this year’s address.”
Atrion is also known for its internal education and training programs. It invests in its employees in a number of ways, most notably through its workforce development and Atrion Apprentice programs that serve to close the IT skills gap. Closing the skills gap is a shared priority for Langevin, who co-chairs the Career and Technical Education Caucus.
“Tim Hebert is a savvy and successful businessman who has fostered a culture of personal and professional development for Atrion employees. His team benefits from a wealth of training opportunities that better prepare them for demanding careers in IT and cybersecurity, and a stronger Atrion workforce means a stronger Rhode Island workforce,” said Langevin. “Atrion has set a tremendous example of what companies can do to support Rhode Island workers and to create a highly-skilled workforce in our state in an industry that continues to grow nationwide.”