About Us

A technology company focused on Zero Trust cyber security solutions

About Cryptonite

CryptoniteNXT is built on initial research and development related to a Self Shielding Dynamic Network Architecture (SDNA) conducted at Intelligent Automation Incorporated (IAI), and funded in part by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In 2015 Cryptonite LLC, was spun off from IAI to further develop and commercialize this technology. With early stage funding backed by a small group of private investors, the technology was enhanced, made production ready and made available as a Commercial Of The Shelf (COTS) in-line appliance called CryptoniteNXT, that enables enterprises to seamlessly implement a zero trust architecture in their network. Over a period of three years Cryptonite conducted very successful pilots and installations at several federal and commercial organizations, and established partnerships with industry leaders HPE and Palo Alto Networks. In 2019, IAI licensed the NXT technology from Cryptonite to support at-scale deployments, marketing and sales. Cryptonite is currently managed by Vikram Manikonda, President and CEO of IAI.



Board of Directors

Don Rogers
Legal Counsel and Advisor
Dr. Leonard Haynes
Entrepreneur, Inventor, Scientist
Dr. Vikram Manikonda
President & CEO - IAI
Al Nardslico
Entrepreneur, Co-founder of SMS

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.

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.