About Us

As a well-rounded small business that offers clients cyber security, cloud, and management consulting, we are committed to our clients’ success, giving them the strategies to achieve their performance goals.

Who We Are

At Zen Strategics, our mission is to help federal and commercial agencies evolve in their business acumen, offering a unique, innovative, and analytical approach to crucial and current challenges. Our approach is based on intuitive solutions gathered from multiple years of engagement with federal agencies and fortune 500 companies, and adapts to each client’s unique mission and requirements to ensure sustainable outcomes.

Taking a holistic approach to protecting your network, we integrate state-of-the-art solutions into existing security infrastructures, being able to quantify, visually represent, and reduce cyber risk. In working with federal agencies, Zen Strategics has created IT strategies using today’s emerging technology that are now standard operating requirements. With our ‘Zen’ approach, we help our clients’ leadership grow with industry changes, create clear and concise plans to accomplish this growth, and align these plans with productive business practices.

Organizational Policies

Zen Strategics ensures security is built in every aspect of our development processes from planning, designing, developing, testing, and deploying, to operations and maintenance. Our information security practices and guidelines are followed in accordance with both the Zen Strategics State Of Applicability (SOA) document, Information Management Security System (ISMS) Policies, and federal/state security compliance regulations. Following these practices, Zen Strategics formulates and implements information security objectives and monitors performance against these objectives. We closely adhere to information security compliance requirements, guidelines, and processes, and adhere to a high standard of competence, professionalism, and integrity for all information security related activities.

Our solutions exceed client expectations, providing the highest quality of service by establishing effective processes and systems that meet all safety, quality, cost, and delivery objectives. Zen Strategics promotes a workforce culture of continuous improvement and constant evolution in our business practices through individual competency development, effective communications, and employee engagement.

Our Team

Venu Ayala, Founder and President

Venu Ayala is an experienced executive, recognized for his contributions while bringing over 20 years of experience in the cyber, cloud, telecom, aerospace and federal strategic consulting. He enjoys advising clients on issues ranging from IT systems compliance, business process optimization, change management, internal controls, risk assessment, and security design projects. Mr. Ayala has architected and managed the information systems, product design, and development for several commercial, federal, and state agencies, and serves as a trusted advisor to senior executives in the federal government and commercial enterprises. His key responsibilities include creating and enhancing product/service lines, and developing cyber and cloud strategies that build brand equity, reduce risk, and promote a strong compliant corporate image. Overall Mr. Ayala is an enthusiastic, innovative, and decisive leader, managing strategic and tactical operations by building innovative and transformational analytic solutions that address emerging management, technology, and operational issues.

Advisory Board

Mark Forman, Senior Advisor

Mark Forman is an accomplished Executive with more than 30 years of government reform experience, including a Presidential appointment to be the first U.S. Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology, the Federal Government’s Chief Information Officer. Currently as Executive Vice President, Enterprise Optimization for Dynamic Integrated Services (DIS), a CVE verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Mr. Forman is leveraging deep domain expertise across the portfolio to provide Digital solutions critical to U.S. government clients. This includes data analytics, applications modernization, and hybrid cloud services using techniques including low code, containerization, and cloud native. He has previously served in senior national and global leadership positions at Unisys, SAIC, Engility, KPMG and IBM. His government experience includes roles on Senate Committee Staff and the Government Accountability Office.

Mr. Forman has given over 100 speeches on federal IT management, E-Government, business transformation, and information technology to a wide variety of industry groups and government officials from around the world. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, Australia Senate, and several State Houses on information policy and management reform issues. Mr. Forman has been a frequent guest on radio, television, and social media interviews related to government modernization, and published numerous papers and articles on government reform.

John Condon, Senior Advisor

John Condon is an accomplished business executive who has worked in the Federal Government marketplace since 1988, after retiring from his Naval Career. He was a Partner in Coopers & Lybrand’s Federal Consulting Group until 1995 when he was recruited by IBM to create the Government Consulting Group, later running IBM’s Public Sector Services Group. Pursuant to retirement from IBM in 2001, he became President of Touchstone Consulting and when Touchstone was acquired by SRA in late 2003, he co-founded Ambit Group LLC – one of the original SDVOSB’s. Following his retirement from Ambit group in late 2016, Mr. Condon joined Dynamic Integrated Services (DIS) as Chief Growth Officer.

Contract Vehicles

Zen Strategics works with a variety of government agencies to procure federal contracts. Through our history of delivering exceptional services as a small business, Zen Strategics is a trusted asset within the federal sector.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Cyber BPA for risk and vulnerability Assessment (132- 45) support

Zen Strategics was awarded a 4 year Task Order on this BPA, in Sep 2019 to provide IT Security Cyber One services for the Financial Operations Department (FOD) at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). With a ceiling of $18 million and a life span of 5 years, PBGC intends to compete Cybersecurity and Information Assurance work on the new agency vehicle

GSA Schedule 36—The Office, Imaging and Document Solution

GSA’s Unified Shared Services Management (USSM) office and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) worked together to develop Universal Electronic Records Management (ERM) Requirements. Simultaneously, GSA’s Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center (IWAC) incorporated these new requirements into the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS).

GSA HACS SIN (132-45)

Zen Strategics was awarded the Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) Special Item Number (SIN) under our current GSA Schedule 70 (IT) contract. GSA developed IT Schedule 70’s HACS SIN 132-45 in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to make it easier for agencies to procure quality cybersecurity services.

GSA IT 70 SCHEDULE (SIN 132-51)

IT Schedule 70’s Special Item Number (SIN) 132-51 for all IT Professional Services includes Cloud, Migration, Network, Information and Data Management, Conversion and Implementation Support, Database Planning and Design, IT Project Management, Resources and Facilities Management, Cognitive Computing, Cyber Security, and Programming.

Sub Contracts

SBA CIO Engineering and Information Technology Support Services

CIO – SP3 (SB & 8a)

DHS PACTS II – FC1 & FC2

DHS SEAD (Service to Enable Agile Delivery)

NOAALink SB

DISA ENCORE III