Senior Advisor

Adam Anderson Chairman – Palmetto Security Group

Adam Anderson is a serial entrepreneur and author. He is the founder and Chairman of Palmetto Security Group (PSG), an IBM Premier Business Partner that resells IBM software and offers professional services around the IBM Security Suite of products. PSG has generated over $20MM in revenues over 11 years and has provided employment for over 40 people.


The Journey

Adam Anderson grew up as a Military brat while his father served 20 years in the US Air Force. Growing up on military bases and being exposed to the constant changes of living in different countries and frequent deployments has been instrumental in preparing Adam for his entrepreneurial journey. Not necessarily part of the overall narrative but important to point out, as Adam’s father deployed to war this also meant Adam had access to the car for most of high school.

Adam attended the University of Utah after high school. While in college Adam allowed his interested in computers to take hold. Adam left the University of Utah in 1998, and began working safeguarding First Security National Bank from the Y2K code bug. If you note, January 1, 2000 came and passed without the world coming to an end. Adam takes as much credit for that has he deserves. While still in Utah, Adam worked as a consultant for several small tech companies ranging from high speed internet to the home to business enablement and tradition consulting. This led him to South Carolina where he worked doing business automation enhancements for Royal Dutch Ahold.

After two years of working with advanced security products such as the IBM Identity and Access Management suite, Adam decided to try his hand as a road warrior for IBM’s Tivoli Professional Services division. These years are where he built the core business skills necessary to be a successful consultant.

Entrepreneurial Endeavors

Two years on the road with IBM led him to see the need for a different approach to professional service and security consulting. In 2005 Adam started Palmetto Software Group, LLC with one client. He cashed out his 401k and all his investments to get started. Strangely enough, this is the exactly the technique he advises the Clemson MBA students he mentors against. Through many successes and failures, he has developed an acute sense of the correct threshold of risk to grow a sustainable business.

In the summer of 2014, Adam decided to change the name of his company to Palmetto Security Group. This change came about due to the realization that the specific area in which his company excels is the IT security sector, especially identity and access management. It just made sense.

What’s Happening Now?

Adam’s 15 years of entrepreneurial startup experience and his knowledge Enterprise Cyber Defense gives him a window into what’s wrong with communication between large and small companies. He combined this knowledge and the good works from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cyber Security Framework to co-author the book “Small Business Cyber Security”. This book was later turned into an online class by Clemson University.

Adam has been active in peer advisory boards for small business CEOs. He took this experience and co-founded a peer advisory board for Chief Security Officers of fortune 500 companies. This mix of small and large businesses has positioned Adam as one of the few people in the world to understand the complete supply chain of cyber security.

Community Involvement

In 2011, The Greenville Business Magazine wrote the following about Adam Anderson when they honored him as one of Greenville’s 35 Best and Brightest Under 35:

“In 2005, Adam saw a need for Internet security services in the Upstate and assembled a team of experts to provide Internet security solutions to area businesses. PSG now has 20 employees and serves clients across the United States and Europe. The self-proclaimed risk taker loves kayaking, rock climbing, downhill skiing and the like, but he also enjoys scaling roofs and hammering nails with Habitat for Humanity. Adam was disturbed to find that many veterans were unable to find work after returning home from service, so he brainstormed a company, which he plans on launching in 2012 that will train service men and women for re-entry into the work force. Adam sets an example in leadership for his employees. He supports Junior Achievement and allots time for them to contribute as teachers and mentors for the organization as well. He is also a member of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and GSA Technology Council.”

Because Adam’s non-profit for veterans, Homefront Security, did not have the impact he wanted, he decided to go down a different non-profit route by joining Apparo out of Charlotte. He believes that their organization already has the necessary resources and business capabilities to be beneficial to many other non-profit organizations including those that help veteran soldiers. Adam and his employees also continue to work with Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Goodwill, and many other local organizations. He has been the Clemson MBA Entrepreneur in Residence for 2012 and 2013 and is also an active member of UCAN (Upstate Carolina Angel Network).



Tom Gilkeson

Vice President, Global Security at Milliken & Company

Tom has a history in trying to impact the Cyber Security issues that Small Businesses face. Tom is active in a number of groups and organizations and co-authored our book "Small Business Cyber Security."


Richard Rytman

Director - Global Security at Kohler Co.

Rick helped to start the FBI's Michigan Small Business Cyber Security Center of Excellence. Rick continues to make time to help small businesses and organizations understand the possible next steps for them on their cyber journey.


Wade Richmond

VP, Information Security, Risk & Compliance Solutions (CISO) at BJ's Wholesale Club

Wade has been on the forefront of the Cyber Security world for decades. He possesses a deep understanding of the threats and risks facing business and can explain those threats in ways that business owners can understand.