Directors and Advisors
Elad Yoran, Executive Chairman
CEO, Security Growth Partners
Elad Yoran is Executive Chairman of KoolSpan, CEO of Security Growth Partners (SGP) and Associate Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He is a 20+ year cybersecurity executive and entrepreneur, among other things having founded and led many foundational cyber companies.
He serves as director at Infinidat as well as on several government and industry boards including the Army Cyber Institute, the Cloud Security Alliance, and previously, the FBI IT Advisory Council. Elad is the author of many articles going back to the original Internet Security Threat Report research papers. Elad’s cybersecurity entrepreneurial experience, for which he was honored as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by E&Y, includes Riptech, acquired by Symantec; MediaSentry, acquired by SafeNet; Sentrigo, acquired by McAfee; Vaultive, acquired by CyberArk and others. Previously, Elad served as VP Global Business Development at Symantec. In addition, Elad was a strategic investor and director/advisor to Red Owl Analytics, acquired by Forcepoint; NetWitness, acquired by RSA; ThreatGrid, acquired by Cisco; and Insightix, acquired by McAfee.
Previously, Elad served as a US Army officer and is a veteran of Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. He is a graduate of the Wharton School and West Point.
Nigel Jones, Strategic Advisor
Managing Director at Bowen
Nigel Jones brings to KoolSpan over 20 years of experience in operations, financial management, private equity, and mergers & acquisitions, with a demonstrated track record of success. Nigel has been a partner at private equity investment firm TWJ Capital since 2006. Prior to joining TWJ Capital, Nigel was a Principal at the Carlyle Group, where he was a member of the U.S. Buyout team focused on the aerospace, defense, and federal technical services sectors. Prior to joining Carlyle, he was an Associate in the Technology Investment Banking group at Goldman Sachs & Co.
Nigel holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Harvard University. Prior to business school, Nigel was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1991 to 1995, with a focus on secure voice and data communications. Nigel is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund.
Dr. Edward Amoroso
Former CSO at AT&T and Chief Executive Officer TAG Cyber LLC
Dr. Edward Amoroso has thirty-one years of cyber and information security experience with an unparalleled track record of managing world-class professional teams protecting data, systems, networks, and infrastructure from cyber attacks. Edward has emphasized the establishment of innovative, cost-effective, audit-compliant control methods to secure valued assets, resources, and reputation and is recognized across the globe as one of the world’s leading experts in cyber security for consumer, business, industry, government, financial, and technology-based products, applications, and services.
Amoroso spent over eighteen years in the senior-most executive security and compliance role for AT&T, a global telecommunications firm with complex infrastructure and $180B in revenue. In this role, he demonstrated expertise in identifying, recruiting, coaching, managing, and mentoring thousands of the most skilled and effective information security professionals in the world. Edward focused his career on hands-on cyber security design, development, consulting, and operational experience in every major industry and government sector both domestic and global.
Edward authored six books and fifty technical publications on cyber security including Cyber Attacks (Elsevier, 2013); books translated into five different languages; and holds ten patents in cyber security. As an Adjunct Professor in both Stevens Institute of Technology and New York University, he teaches cyber security. Edward hosted an Internet security talk show, cyber security video tips series, and other on-line security and technology related programming on AT&T Tech Channel and is a frequent major keynote speaker.
Edward is an active member of several Corporate and Government Boards including NSA Enduring Security Freedom (ESF), GE Advisory Board, Blue Coat Advisory Board, and Invincea Advisory Board. He holds current active US TS/SCI Clearances with tickets to DoD and major intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
Chairman and CEO, Tenable
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tenable, Amit Yoran oversees the company’s strategic vision as Tenable works to empower organizations to understand and reduce their cyber security risk.
Previously, he served as president of RSA, leading its transformation into one of the most successful global security companies. Amit joined RSA through the acquisition of NetWitness, the network forensics company he founded and led as CEO.
Previously, Amit served as founding director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) program in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was also founder and CEO of Riptech, one of the first managed security service providers (MSSP), which was acquired by Symantec in 2002. Amit currently serves as a board member and adviser to several security startups. In addition, he is recognized as a thought leader and influencer in the security industry, and is often sought out to provide expert commentary on his vision for the future of cybersecurity at industry events and in the media.
President, Gula Tech Adventures
Ron Gula started his cyber security career as a network penetration tester for the NSA. At BBN, he developed network honeypots to lure hackers and he ran US Internetworking’s team of penetration testers and incident responders.
As CTO of Network Security Wizards, Ron pioneered the art of network security monitoring and produced the Dragon Intrusion Detection System which was recognized as a market leader by Gartner in 2001.
As CEO and co-founder of Tenable Network Security, Ron led the company’s rapid growth and product vision from 2002 through 2016. He helped them scale to more than 20,000 customers worldwide, raise $300m in venture capital and achieve revenues in excess of $100m annually.
Director of Security, Google Apps
For the past 8 years Eran Feigenbaum has been the Director of Security for Google Apps, where Eran defines and implements security strategy for Google’s suite of solutions of Enterprise Products. He is responsible for ensuring Google’s Business user’s data remains secure and Google enterprise, educational and government customers trust Google. He was responsible for creating Google’s first security group focused on business users that drove changes in infrastructure, incident response, and product features to reduce risk and improve market acceptance.
Prior to joining Google in 2007, Eran was the US Chief Information Security Officer for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). At PwC, he led a team responsible for all aspects of network, server, application, and desktop computer security, as well as security policies, architectures, standards and enforcement. Earlier, Eran spent several years designing and implementing high-performance cryptosystems for electronic commerce solutions for Fortune 1000 clients and government agencies.
Eran holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Irvine, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. In his spare time, he enjoys performing magic and mentalism and was featured on the NBC television show Phenomenon.
VP Threat Intelligence at CrowdStrike
Adam Meyers is a recognized expert in the security and intelligence communities. With more than 15 years of experience in the security space, Adam has extensive experience building and leading intelligence practices in both the public and private sector. Adam is a founding employee and VP of Intelligence at CrowdStrike Inc., a global provider of security technology and services focused on identifying advanced threats and targeted attacks. A sought-after thought-leader, Adam conducts speaking engagements and training classes around the world on the topics of threat intelligence, reverse engineering, and data breach investigations.
At CrowdStrike, Adam is responsible for tracking over 70 criminal, state-sponsored, and nationalist cyber adversary groups around the world. He provides technical and strategic guidance to Fortune 100 organizations and government agencies on how stay protected and prevent damage from today’s sophisticated and destructive attackers. Adam’s team supports ongoing investigations into breaches targeting some of the largest companies and organizations in the world. This elite team focuses on categorizing and tracking the human actors and groups that conduct these attacks everyday.
Prior to joining CrowdStrike, Adam was the Director of Cyber Security Intelligence at SRA International. During his tenure, he provided technical expertise and strategic guidance for both commercial sector customers, as well as civilian, military, and intelligence customers. He conducted penetration tests, vulnerability research, and breach investigations across the globe, traveling extensively throughout Africa and South/Central America supporting customers. Adam oversaw the operations of the Information Assurance Laboratory testing emerging technologies for effectiveness and looking for security lapses that could compromise the integrity of the system. Adam was a key technical lead supporting the US Department of State Cyber Threat Analysis Division, leading a team of reverse engineers and incident response experts and representing the division at intergovernmental meetings on cyber threat. Adam was responsible for the technical direction of the SRA Cyberlock product which was used by both commercial and government customers.
Adam earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from the George Washington University where he studied Political Science, and Computer Science.
Executive Managing Partner of Law & Forensics and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law & Cyberwarfare
In his career that spans over two decades, Daniel Garrie has developed an international reputation as a thought leader working at the intersection between computer forensics and the law. Daniel Garrie serves as the Executive Managing Partner of Law & Forensics, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law & Cyberwarfare and acts as the Head of the Global Cyber Security practice at Zeichner Ellman & Krause, a New York-based Law Firm. He is a sought-after computer forensic expert, as well as a special master, often appointed by Federal and State judges to serve as a forensic neutral of E-Discovery Special Master. Daniel is also a Professor at Cardozo School of Law and has taught at Georgetown and Rutgers School of law, including the first class on Cyber Warfare and the Law.
In addition to his Law Degree, he holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in computer science and appears as comfortable talking with entrepreneurs as he is with developers, lawyers, and judges. Daniel’s entrepreneurial experience includes several start-ups in the search, mobile and cybersecurity verticals, including, SearchApp Inc., LegalTech Group and Digital Reef Inc. He has an affinity for building start-ups and shaping a leadership teams. Daniel is also an active advisor and board member for a number of different companies, including Get.it, Digital Cupcake, and Eccentex.
In addition, Daniel has written more than 150 scholarly articles published, including: Wall Street Journal, Harvard National Security Law Journal, the Daily Journal, Huffington Post, and Litigation Journal of American Bar Association. His scholarship is cited by Black’s Law Dictionary for defining the terms Internet, Software, and Algorithm. In addition, Daniel has been cited by dozens of federal and state courts and he is frequently quoted in publications such as Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Daniel is also the co-author six books published by Thomson Reuters, the American Bar Association.
Daniel has a bachelors from Brandies University in Computer Science, masters from Brandeis University in Computer Science, JD from Rutgers School of Law.
President of Ravenel Consulting
Jenkins Ravenel has spent over 10 years consulting for international companies reporting to C-level executives. He has extensive experience in corporate governance and control and is a published mobility industry subject matter expert. Jenks’ experience includes over 23 years managing technology within a major global financial services company and is experienced in several Business Process Management methodologies. He is a Certified Green Belt – Six Sigma Methodology, “Design for Six Sigma” designation. He has extensive knowledge of multiple networking environments, business software packages, and wireless and mobile solutions for business.
Jenks earned a BS degree in Mathematics from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and an MBA from the University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business. He also graduated from the North Carolina School of Banking, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Jenks started his career with Electronic Data Systems in Dallas, Texas, spent a few years with Arthur Andersen Consulting before ending up at NCNB National Bank, the predecessor of Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina. He retired as a Senior Vice President after 23 years in many parts of the company.
Mr. Ravenel has served on the advisory councils of Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Boxtone, Mocana, Bluefire Technologies, and Research in Motion (RIM). He also served as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C. Presidential Committee responsible for advising national policy for the wireless industry.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Jenks lives with his wife, Gwynne, and children in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is an avid sailor and mountain biker.
President and CEO, NetNumber, Inc.
Brad Boston joined NetNumber, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. He had been a member of the company’s board of directors since April 2002. Brad brings more than thirty years of relevant industry experience to this role. He is a recognized team builder and leader, known for his business acumen and technological innovation. He has successfully managed organizations well known for harnessing technology for enhanced services, productivity gains and competitive advantage.
He joined Cisco in August 2001 as Chief Information Officer, and held key executive level positions during his tenure before retiring in late 2012. Brad most recently served as Senior Vice President of Cisco Global Government Solutions Group (GGSG) and Corporate Security Programs Organization (CSPO). GGSG advised global defense, space and security agencies on business practices and technology solutions to achieve and enhance their mission goals. CSPO focused on ensuring the integrity, confidentiality and availability of Cisco’s critical information and computing assets.
Prior to Cisco, Brad was the Executive Vice President of Operations at Corio, an enterprise-focused Internet ASP. He was instrumental in redefining the company’s product offering and business model. Before joining Corio, Brad served as Executive Vice President of product development and delivery and President of Sabre Computer Services at the Sabre Group. He prepared the organization for its spin-out from American Airlines, an historic transaction that created a leading IT firm valued at more than the former parent company. Additionally, he managed the early development, operations and support of Travelocity.com; led the largest system conversion in the airline industry when USAirways converted to Sabre; and architected the development and implementation of the technology plan to modernize the Sabre system infrastructure and applications. Brad also has held executive positions at American Express, Visa, United Airlines/Covia and at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, where he began his career.
He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of Illinois, College of Engineering, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Brad currently serves as Chairman of the Board of aap3 LTD, an IT services company headquartered in Southampton, United Kingdom. He also is a member of the board of directors of Koolspan, a mobile security company based in Bethesda, Maryland. He has served on the board of directors of Mercury Interactive, Active Power and Actividentity.
Gary B. O’Malley
Executive Vice President, WaveDivision Holdings
Gary B. O’Malley is Executive Vice President, Merger & Acquisitions of WaveDivision Holdings, a dominate market leader of fiber optic and telecommunication service provider on the West Coast based in Kirkland, Washington.
Over his career, Mr. O’Malley has been the primary executive responsible to buy or sell businesses including sourcing investment opportunities, leading diligence efforts, deal structure, negotiations and documentation and has served on the Board of Directors for a number of private companies.
Previously, Mr. O’Malley was executive vice president & managing director of G.C. Investments, LLC, the private equity portfolio for the Greenspun Family. This portfolio held investments in over 50 private equity funds and investments in direct debt and private equity largely in the telecommunications sector.
Mr. O’Malley was co-founding shareholder and executive of Cable Plus Holding Company growing the business successfully over 11 years ultimately selling in 2000 via multiple transactions valued in excess of $250 million.
David S. Rose
CEO, Gust; Managing Partner, Rose Tech Ventures
David S. Rose, Chairman of the board of New York Angels, is an entrepreneurial executive and investor with extensive experience in high technology and wireless technology. He was named by Inc. magazine to the 1998 Inc. 500 list and lectures frequently on issues relating to the development of the international information infrastructure. During the course of his career, he has supervised the creation of an intellectual property portfolio of issued patents appraised at over $100 million.
He was a founding member of the New York New Media Association, is a frequent guest speaker at graduate business schools including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and NYU, and currently serves on the boards of directors of companies including Aereon Solutions, SignStorey, and ISoldMyStuff.com. David has a B.A. from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Business School.