South Carolina based EDTS and EDTS Cyber Expand to Charleston and Charlotte to Meet Demand for Managed IT and Cybersecurity Services

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Nationally ranked cybersecurity firm  EDTS Cyber, LLC, along with its affiliate EDTS, LLC, an 8-time Inc. 5000 Managed Services Provider, have expanded their operations to the Charleston, SC and Charlotte, NC Metropolitan areas.  These two industry leaders are headquartered out of Augusta, GA, with offices also located in Columbia and Greenville, SC, Asheville, NC and Savannah, GA.  Both companies are under the dynamic leadership of founder and CEO Charles Johnson, and specialize in operational efficiency and cybersecurity for businesses in all industries.

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Charles Johnson credits the increasing demand and reliance on business IT systems and the challenge to secure those systems as the reason for their substantial growth, and the expansion to Charleston, SC as a strategic decision to meet the unique needs of this growing metropolitan area.

“We are seeing a continued increase in security breaches in every market segment: local governments, private companies of all sizes, enterprise-level corporations, and even non-profits are victims in this ever-changing threat landscape. Many small and mid-sized companies never recover from a major security breach,” says Johnson.  “System uptime and security has been our focus since 1999 – EDTS designs, installs, maintains, and supports IT systems – while EDTS Cyber helps organizations protect their data, secure their systems and respond to cyber incidents utilizing highly trained and certified cyber professionals with cutting-edge technology.”

Both companies serve diverse clients, of all sizes, and across all major industries including:  logistics, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, local governments, and professional services – many of these industries are under strict government and industry compliance requirements.  EDTS Cyber is also on a short list of approved and vetted South Carolina vendors to work on criminal justice information systems (CJIS) across the state.

The Charleston area continues to experience steady economic and employment growth, particularly in the hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, shipping and logistics, and business services sectors.

Charleston’s tourism industry has grown to a reported $19.1 Billion annually. “The area hotels and restaurants are under more pressure than ever to protect their customer’s data and maintain PCI-DSS compliance,” says Johnson.” Charleston also continues to defy national trends with continued growth in the area of manufacturing, as well as logistics companies.

“Our expanded presence in the area through our new Charleston branch office allows us to provide an even higher level of service to these businesses and the area residents they employ. We want Charleston area businesses to know we are here and we understand the every-expanding complexities they face to keep their systems and data safe. This is our area of expertise,” says Johnson.

In regards to the Charlotte location, the Charlotte metropolitan area is a major U.S. financial center with the third most banking assets after NYC and San Francisco. Charlotte continues to experience steady economic and employment growth, particularly in the financial, motor and transportation, energy, shipping and logistics, and business services sectors.  

“Charlotte is home to many of our clients in the financial sector already. It just made good business sense for us to expand our operations there to increase the level of service we provide them,” says Johnson. “The city has a thriving business economy with many major industry segments represented - all of whom require the highest level of integrated IT and cybersecurity services to protect their intellectual properties and customer data. We are uniquely equipped to meet these needs through a combination of our state-of-the-art technology and our team of highly certified and skilled professionals.”

“Our new Charlotte branch office will allow us to elevate our offering and service level for these local businesses and their employees.  Being headquartered in the Southeast since inception, we want local area businesses in Charlotte to know we are here and equipped to protect them as they prosper and grow,” says Johnson.  

EDTS has consistently ranked as a top 100 Managed IT Service provider in the World and EDTS Cyber was recently recognized as one of the top 100 Managed Security Providers in the US.  Both companies aim to help Charleston’s and Charlotte’s businesses and government entities avoid the negative impact of system downtime and the increasing threat of cyber-crime.

The new Charleston, SC office will be located at 170 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401. The Charleston office can be reached by calling 843.790.5370. The new Charlotte, NC office will be located at 401 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC  28246. The Charlotte office can be reached by calling 704.741.0023.

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