Cryptonite is a leader in moving target cyber defense. CryptoniteNXT enables any network to actively shield itself from cyberattacks by preventing all attacker reconnaissance and lateral movement. Patent pending moving target cyber defense and micro-segmentation technologies protect enterprise networks from advanced cyber attackers, insider threats and ransomware. The Cryptonite customer base includes leading commercial and government customers around the world.
Board of Directors
Mike Simon President and CEO - Cryptonite
Mike has an array of successful experiences in high tech companies spanning nearly 20 years. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and has participated as a co-founder in 2 prior startup ventures, AIB Software and LocalEyes, both of which ended in exits that delivered ROI to investors.
Mike’s focus is on building an outstanding team of seasoned and passionate professionals at Cryptonite to take advantage of CryptoniteNXT’s unique and invaluable approach to provide enterprises with unprecedented security protection. Mike’s objective is to build the foundation and entrepreneurial culture to attract the best development, sales, and business talent to Cryptonite. With this talent, Mike will lead by example to bring recurring value to enterprise customers, partners and investors.
Don Rogers Legal Counsel and Advisor
A leader in Shulman Rogers Business and Financial Services Department, Don is one of the foremost business advisory/transaction attorneys in the Metro Washington D.C. area. Beyond serving as legal counsel, he is known for his experience in M&A transactions, tax and business planning, employee equity plans, and succession planning.
In addition, clients value his experience in helping to secure necessary resources such as seed capital, private equity, venture capital, and strategic alliances. And his skill set in understanding business and working well with people, has allowed him to be an effective part of organizing business relationships among founders.
Dr. Leonard Haynes Entrepreneur, Inventor, Scientist
Dr. Leonard Haynes is an investor, inventor, entrepreneur and scientist. In addition to founding Intelligent Automation, Inc. and leading it for over 20 years, Dr. Haynes has been involved as founder, investor and board member in several business ventures in the technology, real-estate, and retail sectors.
He holds over 15 patents for inventions in technology areas that span ballistics, sensors, and intelligent software, and has over 100 publications in these areas. In addition to over 25 years of executive experience in the private sector, he also has 23 years of experience with the Federal Government, including most recently with the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Michael Haynes Managing Director - Beach Point Capital
Michael Haynes is a Senior Managing Director at Beach Point Capital Management, a US $9B global hedge fund manager based in Los Angeles. Mr. Haynes has 19 years of broad finance and business experience, including the last seven years at Beach Point Capital and its predecessor (Post Advisory) where he is responsible for public and private debt and equity investments across a range of industries and asset-types.
In 1998, Mr. Haynes was the Vice President and Treasurer, for Sirius Satellite Radio, today known as Sirius XM Radio, where he was responsible for developing and implementing its business plan with the Company’s founder and team. In particular, Mr. Haynes in his role as head of finance was responsible for raising capital, strategic planning, and investor relations.
Dr. Vikram Manikonda President & CEO - IAI
As IAI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Vikram is responsible for day-to-day-operations, as well as leading the company’s research and product development strategy. Since joining IAI in 1999, he has played an instrumental role in leading and growing their research, product portfolio, and business in the areas of: robotics and control, motion description languages, multi-agent systems, modeling and simulation, and air traffic management. He was IAI’s president from 2008 – 2014, and prior to that held the positions of Vice President and Director of IAI’s Distributed Intelligent Systems Division.
He is author of over 40 publications in refereed journals, books and conference proceedings in the area of robotics, multi-agent systems, and nonlinear and intelligent control. He is also currently serves as the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Council, for Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland.
Al Nardslico Entrepreneur, Co-founder of SMS
Mr. Nardslico is a computer engineer and business consultant who has mastered the art of architecting and implementing business processes focused on maturing businesses—from startups to multi-billion dollar enterprises.
He has lead teams of executives in both Fortune 500 companies (Eastman Kodak, Carrier Corp., IBM) and major federal agencies (Dept. of Veterans Affairs, HHS, SSA) to define, refine and institute complex and unique business processes. In 1991, he co-founded Systems Made Simple, and was able to grow SMS from obscurity to one of the largest and most respected Federal Health IT providers in the industry.
Board of Advisors
Dr. Justin Yackoski CTO - Cryptonite
Dr. Yackoski is the inventor of the technology behind CryptoniteNXT. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Messiah College, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Delaware. He has 20 years of computer networks experience and focuses on applying practical solutions to complex problems in this field. Prior to CryptoniteNXT, Justin spent six years working at Intelligent Automation, Inc. leading research and development on wireless networks, cyber security, network testing, and network protocols. Before that, he worked at a startup that was then sold to JPMorgan Chase.
Abtin Buergari Co-founder & Managing Partner – Model B, Advisor
As Co-Founder and CEO at Model B, Abtin Buergari leads its day-to-day operations and strategic growth initiatives, focused on creating the platform that supports entrepreneurs in bridging their growth gaps and driving sustainable progress. Abtin has years of experience working as a founder and CEO of successful growth oriented companies in the legal services industry and, more recently, has focused his time advising and investing in early-stage technology companies.
In 2008, Abtin founded Modus, which disrupted the eDiscovery industry by providing fixed fees, predictable costs, and transparency in an industry where this hadn’t previously existed. Between 2008 and 2012, Modus’ explosive growth landed it on the Inc. 500 as the 138th fastest growing company in the US and, more specifically, the U.S.’ fastest growing eDiscovery company. Abtin stepped down as CEO of Modus in 2015 to chase his passion of accelerating early stage companies.
Growing up in the Washington D.C. area, Abtin holds two Bachelor’s Degrees from University of Maryland and attended American University Washington College of Law.
Michele Perry Marketing Consultant, Advisor
Michele Perry is a C-level technology executive with over 25 years of experience in areas including cybersecurity, cloud, big data analytics, healthcare IT, business intelligence, SaaS and on-premise software and hardware. An operating advisor for Elsewhere Partners, Perry also teaches Entrepreneurial Marketing at bwtech@UMBC and coaches CEOs and CMOs on go-to-market strategies using the PerryPyramid© methodology.
Perry has helped define, build, launch, market and sell dozens of products for businesses and consumers across more than 30 countries and has been involved in three IPOs and numerous company sales/mergers generating billions of dollars in enterprise value and investor returns including GetWellNetwork (sold 2012), Sourcefire (IPO 2006 and sold 2013 for $2.7B), and USinternetworking (IPO 1999 and sold to AT&T).
David Walker Advisor
Mr. Walker began his career as an electrical and computer engineer working for the department of defense in the cyber security field. In 2000, Mr Walker co-founded Pangia Technologies, LLC a small business to provide cyber engineering, software engineering and information technology services to commercial and government customers. Over the next decade Mr. Walker built Pangia to around $25M in revenue with double digit profits before selling to a large defense contractor in June 2011. Currently Mr. Walker manages an investment company that focuses on investing in commercial real estate and cyber technology.
Ron Gula Advisor
Ron Gula started his cyber security career as a network penetration tester for the NSA. Later, at BBN, he developed network honeypots to lure hackers and he ran US Internetworking’s team of penetration testers and incident responders. As a co-founder and 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.
Dr. Greg Shannon Advisor
Dr. Greg Shannon is a computer scientist with diverse experience and a leading expert in science, technology, and policy for cybersecurity. He recently served in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Cybersecurity Strategy and has testified before Congress on cybersecurity, science for security, critical infrastructure, resilience, and cyber threats. He served as the first Chair of IEEE’s Cybersecurity Initiative and the General Chair for the 2015 IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy.
Dr. Shannon received a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University with minors in Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics. He earned his MS and PhD in Computer Sciences at Purdue University, with a fellowship from the Packard Foundation.
Dr. Jason Li Vice President of R&D, and Sr. Director of Networks & Security – IAI, Advisor
Dr. Li is IAI’s Vice President of Research and Development and Senior Director of IAI’s Networks and Security group and has been instrumental in growing IAI’s research portfolio in networks and cyber security. Since joining IAI in 1995, in his various roles as principal investigator, director, and Vice President, he initiated and directed several R&D programs related to efficient protocol design and development for satellite networks, realistic and repeatable wireless networks test and evaluation, moving target defense, cyber situational awareness, attack impact analysis, airborne networks technologies and complex networks.
He has published his research in over 30 conference and journal publications in the area of communication networks, network protocols, network security, and multi-agent systems. Today, Dr. Li is focused on the transition and productization of IAIs network and cyber technologies to the government programs and the commercial sector.