Our Team

The founding team members of this company are globally recognized experts in cyber and control system security, entrepreneurship and building businesses that make a difference. With decades of working in the field and into the top echelons of industry, our team has intimate access to the top echelon of security practitioners, marquee customers, channel partners, influential members of government, and licensable ground-breaking research at national labs.

Michael Assante, Co-Founder of NexDefense, Inc.

Michael Assante, Co-Founder & Chief Security Strategist Michael Assante on LinkedIn

Michael Assante is an internationally recognized expert, federal government advisor and thought leader in control systems and cyber security, and the recipient of many awards in the space. In addition to his roles with NexDefense, Assante is currently the Founder and Chair of the National Board of Information Security Examiners (NBISE) and the ICS & SCADA Lead for the SANS Institute. Previously, he held the positions of Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and American Electric Power…

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Derek R Harp HeadshotDerek R. Harp, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman Derek Harp on LinkedIn 

A serial entrepreneur and early investor in technology businesses, Derek Harp has founded, led, and advised start-ups for more than 20 years. Located in Silicon Valley, Derek has built an extensive network and has intimate access to investors, business and security industry resources globally. He was a co-founder of LogiKeep, Inc., and co-inventor of Intellishield™, a pioneer IT security product – acquired by Cisco Systems in 2005. Derek also served as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer with responsibilities for physical…

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Michael R. Sayre, Co-Founder, President & CEO Michael Sayre on LinkedIn

Mike Sayre has been around technology and industrial control systems for over 25 years, with a career history of successfully leading technology and manufacturing organizations through start-ups, turnarounds, significant growth periods, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, in pre-revenue technology to $2B diversified manufacturing organizations…

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Graham Speake, Vice President & Chief Product Architect Graham Speake on LinkedIn

Graham Speake is an engineer with over 30 years of experience, the last 15 of which have been in the industrial cyber security arena for both end-user companies and vendors. Graham has spent 10 years in BP looking at control systems security in both upstream and downstream business areas…

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