Founder and CEO of Propelled Technologies Anwar Shahid is passionate about offering cybersecurity, cloud, compliance and other IT services in the River Region, and he especially enjoys helping small businesses with their technology needs.
Are you from Montgomery?
I’m originally from Atlanta. Alabama State University’s Computer Information Systems program brought me to Montgomery.
When did you start Propelled Technologies (PT)?
I started PT as a side business on August 28, 2006. I began by building websites and fixing computers for local small businesses in the Montgomery area.
What are PT’s primary services?
Cybersecurity, cloud migration, compliance and serving as a technology reseller.
Who are PT’s primary clients?
DoD, federal and state government, local municipalities and small businesses.
What one piece of advice about cybersecurity would you give a small business owner?
I would advise small businesses to perform a risk assessment to make sure they are aware of where their holes are. Then, create a plan of action and milestones to fix them. I also recommend that everyone have a disaster recovery plan in place as well.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I love the fact that it’s a forever-changing field and the opportunities are open to everyone no matter who you are as long you work hard. The money is not bad either!
Recent awards and honors:
PT recently received the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc Bigger and Better Business Award. And we were recently reaccredited with the Better Business Bureau. I’m proud that I attained my Computer Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. This has propelled my career and business higher, and I would encourage anybody looking to get into cybersecurity to go after it.
Dream It. Do It.
“My goal since high school was to own a technology business. I remember actually writing it in a Dream Jamboree College Fair book I got in high school. We would share our college and future goals in them, pass them around and sign them. I guess that worked, cause here I am.”