Ready for Battle

The ex-soldiers who run AIT take Internet security seriously. Very seriously

The security guards patrolling the lobby of Advanced Internet Technologies (AIT) in Fayetteville, N.C., are the first giveaway. In place of the standard-issue dark suit and tie, they are decked out in military garb, including black caps, fatigues and combat boots, with 9mm Berettas strapped to their side. Getting past them to work is a lot like getting on a plane these days: every employee as well as every visitor has to go through a metal detector and then get searched by a guard using an electronic hand wand.

If the tight security at AIT sounds more MP than M.B.A., there's...

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