Telos plans to hire about 38 people now and 90 people before the end of the year. Reather Lawhorn, vice president of human resources; Ralph Buona, vice president of business development; and Eric Mazzacone, director of public relations, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

QWhat does your company do?

ABuona: We're a federal-systems integrator. Security is the hub and the anchor of everything we do. We focus on secure wireless solutions and secure messaging. We have a product called the automated message handling system. Think of it as e-mail on steroids. It's run by the intelligence community, virtually all of Department of Defense and any other agency that has advanced messaging requirements. The third area is information assurance, or securing our customers' networks. We hold several patents in that area. We secure all the networks in the Pentagon. Our fourth offering is more traditional systems integration, including IT services and products.

What do you think your employees would say were the best reasons for working at your company?

Lawhorn: It's collaborative. We foster a mentoring program, and we pay 89 percent of benefits for employees and family. Twelve percent of our population has been here for 10 years or more. It's just a family.

Buona: I've been with the company for 11 years. If we have an employee who has to deploy in the military, we will pick up the difference between their military pay and their Telos pay ad infinitum. This company also pays for long-term-care insurance for all of our employees.

Who owns your company?

Mazzacone: The controlling majority of common stock is held by institutional investors. The remaining stock is held by the company's 401(k) plan and some of its employees. We have some publicly traded preferred stock. The controlling majority of that stock is also institutional investor-owned.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

Buona: I think the stability here is very strong. We're on a strong growth curve, we are hiring and we have a lot of open requisitions. In the average week we submit seven to ten bids to federal agencies. Our pipeline is very robust.

What are the demographics of your company?

Lawhorn: Company-wide we're 28 percent female and 29 percent minority. On the nine-person senior management team, there are three women and two minorities.

What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?

Lawhorn: We're looking for 12 information assurance engineers (32 in the long term) and nine secure wireless engineers (24 in the long term). We're also hiring in the fields of engineering, facilities, finance, information technology, operations management, program management, and secure messaging. Most positions require government security clearances. We're looking for all levels of experience.