Beltway VIPs Break Through Collaboration Barriers Within ‘Safe Haven’

Mount St. Mary’s University and Yakabod offer secure knowledge-sharing test drive
FREDERICK, Md., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ — An unlikely mix of intelligence officers, Capitol Hill executives and students gets together 24/7 in a virtual community launched recently by the Delaney Center at Mount St. Mary’s University. The invitation-only network links bioterrorism experts, bodyguards, aerospace engineers and academics – plus a variety of federal heavyweights who prefer to keep a low profile. Collaboration takes place on the Yakabox™, a knowledge sharing system certified by the U.S. Government for use in classified environments.

The collaborative community is an outgrowth of Mount St. Mary’s criminal justice program. “It’s a great way for students to learn from accomplished experts – people they might never have a chance to meet otherwise,” says Delaney Center Director Joe Vince. “For professionals, it’s a secure way to exchange ideas with colleagues in other disciplines.” The Delaney Center Yakabox™ meets the same security standards as those deployed in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Yakabod Customer Advocate Jeff Sutterman says the virtual community began producing blogs, creating teams, uploading documents and exchanging messages right off the bat. “Students caught on to the technology immediately. They led the way for the rest of the group,” says Sutterman. “It’s knowledge transfer at its best, working in both directions.”

According to Mount St. Mary’s student Chris Lamb, “Social networks aren’t new to people my age…we’ve used them for years. But this system has more depth than Facebook. It’s a business tool and our segue into the professional world.”

Vince says 98 percent of Mount St. Mary’s criminal justice students have job offers the day they graduate. “Collaboration fluency really isn’t an option anymore,” he says. “It’s rapidly becoming a requirement for intelligence officers, regardless of specialty or years in service. The Yakabox™ gives our people a head start.”

Founded in 2001, Yakabod is headquartered in historic Frederick, MD, just outside the Capitol beltway. The Yakabox™ knowledge sharing system is used worldwide by security-conscious professionals who are serious about capturing, creating and sharing stuff that matters without plowing through stuff that doesn’t. Visit, email [email protected], or call 301-662-4554 x 2119.

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