XentIT is an Information Technology firm specializing in Cybersecurity & Compliance, Secure Cloud and DevSecOps, and Information Technology Resale & Integration Services. We function as a virtual and seamless extension of our client’s service and delivery organization providing high-value, high-performance, and high-quality business information solutions. We understand the complexities of our client’s business model and deliver solutions that fit their needs.
1M+ Endpoints Protected/Managed
Help our clients achieve best value and results for their business by optimally utilizing their IT systems and resources.
Our executives carry relevant industry recognitions and honors and have decades of valuable cumulative professional experience in both commercial and government space. Our information security & compliance professionals, network professionals, programmers, project managers and program managers are well referenced industry experts, carry relevant certifications in their disciplines and have worked with clients in a number of business sectors. We strive to recruit the most qualified and experienced professionals. Our source of recruiting is primarily via referral from our expert colleagues in the industry, current & former associates and through a professional vetting process.
President & CEO
Tariq Alvi has 30 years of diverse experience in engineering, information technology and cybersecurity. Tariq’s professional journey began with engineering projects in Mumbai after completing his BS Degree in Civil Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India. He then worked for an Indo-Dutch consortium as a consulting engineer on a multi-year and multi-million Guilder environmental and infrastructure engineering project. After migrating to the United States in the mid-1990s, Tariq went to work for Indiana Department of Transportation (InDOT) as Highway Engineer in the Technical Services Division, managing the permit process for commercial entities using highways and right-of-way along those highways. He was selected by InDOT to represent State of Indiana on Federal Highway Administration’s intelligent transportation system for commercial vehicle operations (ITS-CVO) initiative. Tariq’s journey from highways to information super-highway had begun. After leaving InDOT in 1998, Tariq spent many years implementing JD Edwards (now Oracle EnterpriseOne) for various organizations across the US. Investigation an insider attack in early 2000s at one of his clients got him into application security. He then co-developed an application for role-based access control within JD Edwards, thus beginning his foray into cybersecurity.
Tariq founded XentIT in 2006 with a mission to provide “professional services without giving up personal attention” to his clients. XentIT’s 500+ clients include federal, state and local government entities as well as small, medium and large businesses. His commitment to providing quality service to his clients made him go back to school and earn a MS in Cybersecurity Technology degree from University of Maryland Global Campus.
Tariq represented AMU Equestrian Team at National Level competitions in India. He continues to ride when the time permits. His last owned horse was named Oz, a thoroughbred gelding. Prior to Oz, he rode Wizard, a warmblood mare, but Tariq is no Wizard of Oz. He is, however, a single father to 2 wonderful boys. He has coached his younger son’s soccer team. His oldest son has had medical and autism challenges from birth. Tariq is passionate about people with special needs. He attributes his success in business to his autistic son teaching him to be patient and to always be prepared for the unexpected, and his younger teenaged son for teaching him that “it’s okay to get a “B” sometimes”.
Roopangi Kadakia has over 25 years of Government and international technology and cybersecurity experience. Prior to joining XentIT, she was the Senior Director at Capital One as the cloud technology and security subject matter expert cyber risk management.
Prior to this position, she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary/Chief Information Security Officer/ Chief Cloud Strategist for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Web Services Executive at NASA, CISO for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, CISO for Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, and Technical and Security Director for FirstGov (now USA.gov) at the General Services Administration.
Roopangi holds a Masters Degree from University of Texas at Arlington. In the past Roopangi was also a licensed therapist and is a passionate Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Malawi.
Roopangi Kadakia Senior Vice President & CTO
Vice President, NETWORK SECURITY and MANAGED Services
Paul Johnson is a well-rounded technical executive with experience in all facets of the IT environment. A graduate of business school, he enjoys working with business units to find solutions to problems rather than push the latest technology. Paul’s focuses on cost savings through technology and enjoys exploring new products and processes. He has a proven track record of bringing stability and consistency to IT departments and systems.
Paul has built and managed data centers, networks, and call centers. He was also the owner of a successful managed services provider (MSP) in the Atlanta area, after being asked to start one by a friend. Paul is focused on network security and managed services for XentIT.
In his free time, Paul likes to coach baseball, watch hockey and football, and travel. He is considering a run for a local elected office.
Grant Jortner is laser focused cybersecurity and cloud solutions sales professional with about a decade of technology sales experience. Prior to joining XentIT, Grant was a top sales person for a global cybersecurity company which XentIT is a premier partner of. He is an active member of the Technology Leaders of DFW and stays up to date with the latest in the cybersecurity market.
He graduated from University of Texas at Austin before moving to Dallas to start a career in technology and software sales. Grant works hard and plays a tough sport called Australian Rules Football, but he has a heart of gold who always looks out for his colleagues, friends and family. He is the former Vice President of Dallas Magpies Australian Rules Football Club. Grant lives in Dallas with his wife, Alli, and two dogs, Woody and Archie.