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Shojiki Consulting acquires 502 Design Services as a Wholly Owned Subsidiary

Small business offers expanded cybersecurity capabilities for classified government and contractor communications systems


CLERMONT, FL, Sept 20, 2023 – To create a deeper cybersecurity engineering and compliance capability for government agencies to include intelligence communities and industry partners, Shojiki Consulting Founder and CEO Michael Ferree negotiated the acquisition of Tampa-based cryptographic design firm 502 Design Services, Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary. This strategic acquisition expands Shojiki’s existing cyber capabilities to include 502’s niche of NSA Certified Module Embedment (CME) accreditation process for NSA Type 1 certification packages and High Assurance Security engineering for firmware and software.

“I chose to pursue this deal with 502 because they have a similar culture in delivering excellence to their clients. In working within the government contracting requirements for cybersecurity compliance, we found this to be an opportunity to deliver more robust cyber services to clients in the federal space that are bound by NSA, DoD, NIST, and other federal guidelines,” says Ferree.

502’s cryptographic experience and product offerings enable Shojiki to serve a wider market and provide High Assurance Security Design Services for new and legacy cryptographic products to include top secret communications networks and data storage frameworks. 502 Design Services was founded in 2001 as a woman-owned small business and has an extensive portfolio of highly specialized security design and deployment projects for government and commercial clients.

Since 2021, Shojiki Consulting has provided cybersecurity services in Risk Management Framework (RMF), Small Business Support Services, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), FedRAMP Preparation, and overall cybersecurity hygiene for small to large clients. Ferree is a certified Program Management Professional and has supported the federal government cybersecurity and defense market for over two decades. Those interested can call 717-319-3906 to learn more.

About Shojiki Consulting

Shojiki Consulting is a small business headquartered in Clermont, FL. The company specializes in comprehensive approach to cybersecurity to ensure our clients meet federal cyber requirements and serves as a partner or outsourced tactical cybersecurity provider for RMF, CMMC, and holistic cyber hygiene. Shojiki offers a unique suite of services for key federal back-office support on a subscription model.

About 502 Design Services, Inc.

502 Design Services, Inc., [formerly] a woman-owned small business incorporated in 2001, provides cybersecurity expertise to the Department of Defense (DOD), Intelligence Community (IC) and prime contractors. 502 designs in-house cryptographic products for communications and data storage markets to include guidance systems and diagnostic medical equipment.

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Shojiki Consulting LAUNCHES Small Business Support as a Service (SBSaaS) TO SMALL government contractors.

​August 1, 2022 – CLERMONT, FL – Today, Shojiki Consulting announced its launch of Small Business Support as a Service (SBSaaS), a unique subscription-based menu of fractional core office support services for small government contractors.

​This innovative new business model was developed by Shojiki’s founder and owner, Michael Ferree, a certified Program Management Professional (PMP), after spending over twenty-five years supporting small businesses in the Defense Industrial Base as a Vice President and Director for operations, capture management, and business development.

​“In my experience, almost every small-sized contractor I worked with found it difficult to be competitive because they didn’t have the budget to hire full-time core SMEs,” said Ferree about his motivation to develop the SBSaaS model. “Not to mention that the time it takes to vet a consultant or vendor for each functional area can stifle aggressive pursuits.”

​US Small Business Association (SBA) data show that 71,441 small businesses received federal contracts totaling $154 Billion in 2021. Shojiki’s SBSaaS approach aims to help small businesses enter a competitive government contracting marketplace by meeting operational needs more quickly at a lower cost.

​“We offer a single support contract bringing together senior-level Subject Matter Experts to solve everyday challenges with a budget-friendly cost point. We vet the vendors and SMEs and then provide the flexibility to access a catalog of services from a single agreement with no surprise costs,” says Ferree.

​The Shojiki SBSaaS menu of services is a tiered array of specialties to include standard offerings of contracts and proposal support, project management, ISSO, and FSO support, cyber scans and support, Risk Management Framework (RMF), CMMC advisory, HR generalist, strategic communications and public relations, and basic website development.

​Premium SBSaaS offerings include business development, capture and sales support, proposal development, process development, comptroller support, Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) and program protection planning, ISO/CMMI advisory, CMMC support, cyber-IT (hardening, configuration), cyber tier 2 (COMSEC, etc.), pentesting, cyber documentation and training, Federalization of Commercial Innovation advisory support, and SBIR development, tier 2 HR support, and graphics support.

The US General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) define "Professional and consultant services” as services rendered by persons who are members of a particular profession or possess a special skill and who are not officers or employees of the contractor to enhance their legal, economic, financial, or technical positions (FAC Number: 2022-06 Effective Date: 05/26/2022). Shojiki has assembled a highly qualified cadre of employees, independent consultants, and other small businesses that understand the struggle small businesses endure for the SBSaaS model. 

“This is the easy button we all have wanted for years,” says Ferree. “I was always told someone would have to be crazy to try to bring this together and offer it as an affordable single service offering, but we are doing it... I want our clients to focus on their business or innovation without being hobbled by having to manage the complexities of back-office support.”

​Shojiki’s target market for the SBSaaS offering is startups to 250 employees who need additional resources but don’t have the budget to support the full-time positions. By subscribing to Shojiki’s SBSaaS, the company can operate lean, resulting in aggressive wrap rates while driving quality and trusted execution.

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