Ben Edson is the founder and CEO of VariQ, a premier provider of Cybersecurity, Software Development, and Cloud services to 20+ federal, state and local government departments and agencies.Ben’s entrepreneurial vision propelled VariQ’s evolution from a single-employee start-up in 2003 to a company with 350+ staff currently under management, meriting its repeated ranking amongst the fastest-growing private firms in the U.S. (Inc Magazine 2010-2015). Based in Rockville Maryland, VariQ specializes in engineering, integrating, and delivering advanced technology solutions, enabling government to provide mission critical services to its citizens and end users.
Ben Edson’s journey to entrepreneurship began in Argentina, where he grew up as the homeschooled son of missionary parents with 15 children. Ben formed VariQ at age 28, while supporting the IT Security department for the U.S. Senate, where he worked as a subject matter expert in cybersecurity. In 2004, he introduced virtualization to the Senate, and helped to define a cybersecurity roadmap that was largely adopted in 2007.
Ben Edson has served since 2015 on the boards of directors for Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) and WorkSource Montgomery (WSM), which works to train disenfranchised individuals and connect them to job opportunities. He is committed to giving back to the community through small business mentoring, internships, and sponsoring high school students as Career Experience hosts and college interns for CEO Shadowing, as well as VariQ’s Cyber Security Internship Program since 2012 and its partnership with University of Maryland’s Cyber Program.
Ben’s entrepreneurial achievements have received numerous recognitions, including the Washington GovCon Executive of the Year award in 2015, the 2016 Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Leader of the Year award, and the Washington SmartCEO's Family Business Legacy award in 2016. VariQ was named Cybersecurity Company of the Year by Montgomery County in 2015 and received the 2017 ACG Capital’s Growth Company of the Year award. In 2018, VariQ was awarded the Metro DC Moxie Award for Government Contractors (200-300 employees).
Ben earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA and Master of Science in Information Telecommunications Systems from the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University. As a father of four children, Ben places high value on family, and has worked to build an inclusive, values-driven, family-oriented culture at VariQ.