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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Make no mistake, the world leader in military technology is the United States. That's one thing both the military and the average American can count on. The problem is, there are people trying to steal the work that gives us the edge.

"All our adversaries are doing, and all they really have to do is wait until we come up with that innovative solution and then mine if off our network," says Jonathan Hard the CEO of Huntsville's H2L Solutions.

As Jonathan says, you can take it to the bank. The bad guys penetrate our websites and data storage. They hack us.

"It's amazing. It's an adrenaline rush as you exploit another computer, another company.  You realize the power you have and the power an unethical hacker could have," says Scott Busby. Scott is a certified ethical hacker, a Security Engineer for H2L. The small business was started a year and a half ago. The company name, H2L Solutions comes from the three men who founded it -- Jonathan Hard, Jeff Hartsfield and Stan Lazovsky.  They met at Marion Military Institute, and then served together on a National Guard deployment.

The company founders figured cybersecurity was a great field. "Cyber is never going away. Cyber is always going to be an issue. It's going to have to be addressed with everything, and really that's the only line item in the DOD budget that's increased," says Hard.

Obviously there is plenty of work for H2L's four employees.  They spend their time looking for cyber weakness. "Unless you know what the problem is, you can't really solve it, and so a hacker is someone who finds these problems," says Stan Lazovsky.

Of course we are talking about ethical hacking, and whether done for a commercial client or a Department of Defense contractor, it's more than just a job. "You're not only protecting people's financial information... identity... you're protecting their lives. And you know, that's a pretty exciting and scary area to be working in," says Stan.

For H2L, a day at the office could be almost anywhere in the country with their latest defense client.  This company of ethical hackers stays busy.  Their work has gotten them noticed.  H2L has been nominated for a Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce small business award.