Simon Everett, Ltd.

Simon Everett is an analytic design firm. We structure and implement analytic engagements to help government agencies, businesses, and non-profits solve problems, large and small. Whether our clients seek to create capabilities, improve processes, or inform decisions, we offer the proven ability to address their needs. Our consultative approach blends analytic agility with interdisciplinary expertise to produce functionally and aesthetically impactful results. We are successful when our clients tell us they can achieve better outcomes.

We're on a mission

For more than three years, Simon Everett has proudly supported the work of the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). USTDA finances planning activities for infrastructure projects in developing economies. These planning activities — which might involve technical assistance, an innovative technology pilot, or a feasibility study — are performed by experts from US companies. By contributing this technical expertise to the project’s preparations, USTDA positions the project for success and helps unlock investment to enable the project to move forward. As a result, it creates opportunities for US companies to export goods and services to the emerging market by bidding on tenders related to the infrastructure project.

Over the last ten years, every dollar USTDA has programmed has led to $104 in potential exports for US companies — an astounding return on the agency’s investment. Those programmed dollars have funded high-impact activities like a smart city feasibility study for the City of Cape Town; a pilot project to demonstrate how smart metering technology can increase revenue collection for a Nigerian electric utility; and technical assistance to a Brazilian state government making investments in data centers, broadband network expansion. Activities like these lead to successful infrastructure projects in these emerging markets, while concurrently creating opportunities for US companies to provide goods and services to support their implementation.

Under a new two-year contract, Simon Everett will be performing a Definitional Mission (DM) to originate and develop planning activities for USTDA to consider funding. The scope of our DM is the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in three emerging markets in sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya. All across Africa, the digital economy is expanding rapidly — and some of the most exciting initiatives are taking place in these three markets. We’ll be exploring opportunities for US companies to support priority development projects in a wide array of market segments, potentially including broadband and wireless infrastructure; smart cities; data centers and disaster recovery; cybersecurity; fintech; agtech; and medtech.

We look forward to working with USTDA, US ICT companies, and business and government leaders in these markets to design and develop high-impact infrastructure projects that help realize Africa’s digital future and promote US exports abroad.

The changing of the cards

This past month, we welcomed Bill Eldard to the Simon Everett team. We’d already worked alongside Bill on a previous project when he operated under a different corporate banner, and we’re very pleased to add his expertise and camaraderie to our own squad.   

Bill is representing us at the strategic level of the Intelligence Community (IC), where he supports initiatives to improve the effectiveness and transparency of information sharing policies and processes with IC partners. He’s able to draw upon decades of experience supporting defense and intelligence activities, to include serving more than 20 years in the U.S. military, where he began in the Army and retired as a Commander in Naval Intelligence. Over the past 15 years, he has served in a variety of consulting roles to support intelligence production, operational and strategic planning, policy analysis, and interagency information sharing.    

Just as importantly, Bill is a true professional while making the workday more lighthearted for his colleagues. He also adds much depth to our team’s knowledge of strategy games both old and new – so we’ll be careful about initiating internal contests!

Welcome aboard, Bill!

Cyber health in the Commonwealth

Cybersecurity is big business. Worldwide spending on goods and services to protect digital information is estimated to reach $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021. As companies, governments, and individuals make this tremendous investment, policymakers are looking to the industry to catalyze economic growth within their communities – and to cultivate the capabilities needed to meet the security demands of an increasingly digital society.

Recognizing the opportunity inherent in the cybersecurity sector, the Commonwealth of Kentucky commissioned Simon Everett and our partner kglobal to conduct Kentucky’s first-ever statewide study of cybersecurity. The Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, which sponsored the study with a grant funded by the Office of Economic Adjustment, sought a broad-based analysis designed to serve three related objectives: strengthen the economy by creating an environment conducive to the growth of the cybersecurity sector; protect critical infrastructure by promoting a healthy cybersecurity ecosystem; and make the defense industrial base more resilient by helping defense companies better assess growth and diversification opportunities in this adjacent industry.

After more than eight months of research, stakeholder interviews, and outreach, we recently concluded our work with a briefing to government leaders in the historic State Capitol in Frankfort. The 190-plus-page Kentucky Cybersecurity Industry Study is in fact a composite of ten smaller studies, each addressing a different facet of the state’s cybersecurity landscape. For example, we assessed the industry’s economic impact in Kentucky, analyzed the cybersecurity workforce, and reviewed risk management and governance frameworks.

Guided by our analysis, the study makes dozens of specific, actionable, and practical recommendations for Kentucky to realize the economic and security benefits of a vibrant cybersecurity sector. With purposeful action tied to strategic direction, Kentucky can become a hub for cybersecurity companies and talent, and it can be a leader in protecting citizens, businesses, and infrastructure from cyber risk.

Click here to view the Executive Summary of the Kentucky Cybersecurity Industry Study.

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