MEET OUR TEAM

LEO is a Cyber-as-a-Service Firm

We are a business comprised of seasoned, creative practitioners who have the lengthy experience & operational knowledge needed to architect, build, and operate cyber programs for our customers.

DAVID DEERING

In an industry known primarily for dark rooms and guys in hoodies, it’s easy to think technology is the answer. But after nearly two decades consulting some of the world’s largest companies on Cyber Security, David realized product was not the answer. Effective cyber security programs require a customized approach focused on people first, process second followed by technology at the appropriate price and time. And so LEO was born. Prior to founding LEO, David was involved with three other startups, two that were acquired, IronPort and OpenDNS, and one that went public.

DAVID TOMPKINS

David is our mountaineer and growth-master. He’s been to the summit and back multiple times holding leadership and founding roles in some of the industry’s most respected cyber advisory and technology providers. His last trek was with FireEye-Mandiant as an original member of the founding team resulting in one of the biggest IPOs in InfoSec history. Following the acquisition of Mandiant, David jumped into the real fight going behind enemy lines helping companies and governments battle through some of the greatest breaches in history.

Thomas Moore

Thomas cut his teeth working in major-market broadcast news, which led to success at various large and small PR agencies and stints in the corporate world.  Over the past 15+ years, he’s helped global tech brands navigate the media landscape, from crisis events to book launches and everything in between.  His career has spanned the rise and fall of the dot-com bubble and the ascension of social media. It’s been a wild ride for this lifelong Texan whose family earned a living in the oilfields of west Texas.  An avid music lover and golfer, he’s also our go-to for trivia night.

Emily Adams

Emily is our Californian turned Texan. While she spends most of her working hours helping the leadership team scale, she mostly enjoys helping all the LEOs run as efficiently as possible. We affectionately call her the “LEO grandma” for multiple reasons; she’s our longest standing employee, fiercely protective of the team and she’s been known to distribute teddy graham valentine’s when February rolls around. In her free time Emily enjoys pilates/barre classes and spending time with her family on their work-in-progress homestead!

Glenn Sweeney

Glenn Sweeney is a trailblazer of Incident Response and Security Operations, particularly for global organizations. Glenn has over 15 years of experience from thinking on his feet. In which time he achieved several security certifications like CISSP, CHFI, GIAC, and GSEC. No wonder this LEO is one of our founders.

TRAVIS FARRAL

Leader, designer, and accomplished writer. That is Chief Information Security Officer Travis Farral in a nutshell. Travis is an IT security professional at LEO, specializing in threat intelligence, incident response, and industrial control systems security. He has a background in computer and network forensics, architecture, and design, as well as project and program management. Travis has successfully led teams in a variety of management roles, including his time at ExxonMobil as Cyber Security Intelligence & Strategic Services Supervisor. To top it all off, Travis is a contributing member of various open and closed security communities, keeping him at the forefront of all things cyber.

Justin Silbert

Justin Silbert brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from DOD and Civilian world. As CISO of what is now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he managed cyber security as the hospital transitioned into the nation’s most important Joint Military Medical Facility. His expertise focuses on applying sound security practices across a spectrum of systems and environments, from certified medical devices to shared research systems. Through his work, his goal is to improve the health of organizational leaders, by providing a Cyber Security program that allows them to sleep better and worry less.

Rod Holmes

In cybersecurity, experience and passion for protecting information are crucial. Rod Holmes, one of our senior Chief Information Security Officers, has both. For nearly 30 years, Rod has worked in some form of Cyber Security. He started his career at Johnson Space Center, and he rose through the ranks to become a leading security leader at Marathon Oil. Rod has designed and managed many corporate information security programs, including multiple initiatives to integrate operational technology security in the industrial control systems (ICS) world with corporate IT security. Certifications? He has those, too. Rod is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and has advanced degrees from Texas A&M University. We know our information is in good hands with Rod Holmes on our team.

Ray Murphy

Murphy joins LEO after more than 21 years as a leader in Cyber Security for the Navy Federal Credit Union, the world’s largest credit union and financial services firm. At Navy Federal, Murphy last served as CISO, where he drove information security improvement initiatives and key programs. While at Navy Federal, Ray led the building of their world-class Cyber Security operations center. Murphy will serve as a Cyber Security strategist helping credit unions architect, build and operated programs on the credit unions behalf.

Jeremy Wilkinson

Cyber Security is a global issue, and no one understands this more than Cyber Security Professional, Jeremy Wilkinson. Prior to joining LEO, Jeremy gained international experience supporting various U.S. Department of Defense teams in Afghanistan at HITT Exelis Geospatial Systems and DynCorp International. He has also held various security roles at Wilks Brothers LLC, Rockwell Collins, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, and Lightsource Systems, Inc. Jeremy is an experienced, educated, and certified Cyber Security professional with demonstrated success in Cyber Security, network engineering, project implementation, and quality assurance. His expertise in a diverse range of security and network technologies within a variety of industry settings makes him a valuable member of the LEO team.

Jason Ostrom

Jason Ostrom has helped organizations mature their cybersecurity programs by identifying business risks and improving their readiness for security incidents. Jason has prior experience in IT network consulting, including Network Administration, Programming, System Administration, and security program development. Jason also has extensive experience with penetration testing and is a SANS Institute Community Instructor, teaching SANS 504 (“Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling”)

Alexander Claytor

Alexander has 20 years of IT experience: 12 spent in IT cybersecurity and 10 focusing on ICS cybersecurity. His expertise is in Enterprise IT infrastructure security, and in the past decade he has been specializing in Industrial Operational Technology (ICS/SCADA/IIoT) security. His career goal is assisting enterprises to embed best security practices into their environment and culture via strategic implementation. Alex has owned multiple businesses, worked for some of the largest corporations in the world, and been a contractor for the federal government and various municipalities. He is most at home doing R&D of security-related best practices, and being out in the field supervising the deployment and commissioning of infrastructure – in which he often has a key role architecting. He has been an IT Manager/Director, SCADA/HMI Integrator, Cybersecurity Consultant, owned his own IT consulting/MSP business, and a CISO/Solutions Architect for an MSP.

Brian Foster

In an industry populated by the unique and highly skilled, Brian stands out. While in a highly successful career as an Automation Engineer designing, building, and programming the devices he now protects, he found himself driven to do more. Frustrated with the growing cultural divide between OT and IT resulting from the rapidly shrinking boundary between the technologies, he set out to bridge the gap. He now has 10 years of thriving experience in the young ICS/OT Cyber Security industry. With an advanced understanding of the technology he is protecting and an Engineer’s approach, Brian directs the programs he manages with a focus on safe and secure operation. He actively engages the IT and OT teams to build bridges and tear down silos resulting in greater overall security. Brian believes leadership is an opportunity to help enable those around him to be the best versions of themselves. In a rapidly evolving industry, Brian’s passion for protecting all the necessities of daily life helps lead the way to a safer and more secure world.

Kevin Lackey

Kevin has been involved in the hacking scene since the early 1980’s, his elementary teachers will tell you that he wrote a disk protection system that locked school personnel out of the classroom Apple IIe. Kevin became involved in security for critical infrastructure in 2004 when he became a member of the National SCADA testbed for the DOE and worked in the national lab system for the next several years pursuing innovative approaches for researching and defending ICS systems for the DOE & DHS. Kevin then moved into defensive side of the house for the last 8 years helping to secure critical infrastructure for both ERCOT and General Motors. Kevin brings a unique perspective to cybersecurity, being one of the original ICS security pioneers that has spent considerable time on both red team and blue team programs.

Dmitry Tochilovsky

Dmitry Tochilovsky is a proven security professional with over 10 years experience in the security industry, over 20 years experience in the field of IT, and is an expert in the application of HIPAA & PCI-DSS within cloud based environments. He specializes in security program development and leadership, particularly concentrating on cloud security, security awareness,  security architecture, privacy and compliance.

Will Taylor

At LEO we believe creativity is imperative for the development of effective security solutions. Will embodies this core value through his synergy of security automation, architecture, education, and operations used to combat evolving cyber threats. He has worked with multiple Texas based startups in his career and is no stranger to fast-paced environments where efficiency, accuracy, and ingenuity are crucial. Leveraging his background in Integrative Design & Technology he develops scalable, dynamic security solutions that keep clients one step ahead of adversaries.

Jeff Williams

Jeff is currently an Operating Partner at Bain Capital Ventures. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur with deep cyber domain expertise and years of experience. Jeff has built and led sales at organizations at IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco for $830M ) and IntruVert Networks (acquired by McAfee). Jeff’s last cyber start-up was FireEye. Jeff was FireEye’s first sales leader and helped build the company into a phenomenal success, culminating in a successful IPO. Additionally, Jeff has also served on the Board of Directors of cloud infrastructure startup Meraki Wireless (acquired by Cisco in 2012), cloud security startup OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco in 2015), Adallom (acquired by Microsoft in 2015), and Hexadite (acquired by Microsoft in 2017).

Alex Phillips

Alex Philips has decades of cyber experience under his championship belt which he uses to advise LEO. Alex was the first employee at National Oilwell Varco assigned to an IT security project. Talk about being thrown into the deep end. He was quick on his feet and singlehandedly built one of the most recognized Cyber Security department’s in the country. Alex eventually became National Oilwell Varco’s CISO and now people call him CIO.

Tracy Pallas

When we say what we do can’t be taught in a 12-week course, Tracy Pallas is our living example. A tenured hybrid of strategic consulting and cyber experience, Tracy is anything but new to the game. Prior to serving as VP of Channel Sales at Illusive Networks, she held VP roles at Extreme Networks and Palo Alto Networks. Don’t believe us? Ask CRN. CRN’s editorial staff continuously recognizes her innovative achievements year after year. Consistently named one of CRN Magazine’s Top Women in Channels, she was recently recognized as a Channel Chief 2016 honoree.

Randle Moore

Randle is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Enterprise Software, ITIL, Computer Forensics, U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Vulnerability Assessment. Strong business development professional with an Engineering focused degree in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

Ryan Crump

Trailblazers don’t stop after their first successful challenge. They move on to the next. One of our founders, Ryan Crump is the perfect example. For the last 12 years he has helped global companies improve their security posture. From established to emerging technologies, his broad experience makes his wealth of knowledge priceless. For example, as an early hire at OpenDNS, he helped turn the organization into a market leader.

Mike Burnett

There’s nothing like learning on the ground floor of an emerging company. Mike Burnett is our jack of most trades. He’s spent more than 15 years inside various security startups, embracing multiple roles in sales, channel development and sales leadership. From IronPort to FireEye and several in between, Mike is a founder and investor of LEO.

Mario Chiock

Mario Chiock is our triple threat. He brings years of experience in next generation technology, Cyber Security and auditing. Prior to his current role as Schlumberger Fellow, Mario was the CISO at Schlumberger. He is recognized for his accomplishments and leadership throughout the company and within the community. He’s been listed in the top 25 CISO by ExecRank and won the Information Security Executive “People’s Choice Award” to name a few. But today you can find him on the advisory board of Palo Alto Networks, Onapsis & Qualys.

Lindsey Lockhart

Lindsey Lockhart is the ace up our sleeve. For the past 10 years she effectively coordinated, managed and executed global campaigns for companies like Entrust, Trend Micro and Armor. As a maven in Cyber Security public relations, she’s secured coverage in major outlets such as USA Today, The New York Times, FOX Business, MSNBC and Bloomberg. And that’s not a wrap.

Cyber Security is our Mona Lisa

Creativity is the answer, and we’ve gathered the world’s greatest artists.

Our Values

We have assembled the greatest artists of Cybersecurity.
Our team defines who LEO is as a company. We are…

Creatives

We value creativity. Our people view every challenge as a canvas. They are the kids that made their soda explode with candy. They are the geeks that sketched cartoons next to their math notes. What will they do next?

Curious

We value curiosity. Curiosity to know more. To learn and experiment. Curiosity didn’t kill the cat, it freed it.

Connoisseurs

We value people who know their stuff cold. Our people aren’t merely experts, they are connoisseurs. Connoisseurs that collect knowledge and embrace the nuances of our trade with their whole heart and soul. Their passion and knowledge makes them best of the best.