Velocity, A Managed Services Company Names Anthony Nguyen As New CIO/CISO

Velocity, A Managed Services Company, announced today that Anthony Nguyen has been named chief information officer/chief information security officer. In this role, Nguyen will lead the global efforts on cybersecurity by obtaining industry certifications such as HITRUST that will enable Velocity's expansion into other markets. Velocity has been working diligently on implementing a robust strategy to approach the need for innovation and competitive advantage by partnering with new technologies, improving infrastructure operations, and increasing security. "Anthony is an extremely talented and accomplished leader. He brings a wealth of experience in leading and maturing infrastructure and network functions that is timely for Velocity's fast-paced growth and expansion," said Greg Kiley, Founder and CEO of Velocity.

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