Jim Broome is a seasoned IT/IS veteran with more than 20 years of information security experience in both consultative and operational roles. Jim leads DirectDefense, where he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company, as well as providing guidance and direction for our service offerings.
Previously, Jim was a Director with AccuvantLABS where he managed, developed, and performed information security assessments for organizations across multiple industries, while also developing and growing a team of consultants in his charge.
Prior to AccuvantLABS, Jim was a Principal Security Consultant with Internet Security Systems (ISS) and their X-Force penetration testing team.
Jim has also developed and provided training courses on several security products, including being a primary author of the CheckPoint Software Software CCSA/CCSE/CCSI training program, as well as creating and delivering numerous client-focused training programs and events.
Beau Shahriary has nearly two decades of experience in computer security consulting. He has performed security assessments, security remediation, and strategic planning for a host of Fortune 500 companies. At DirectDefense, Beau is responsible for the establishment and development of sales and marketing efforts.
Prior to joining DirectDefense, Beau was a founding member of the AccuvantLABS organization and performed and managed numerous assessment engagements. Before AccuvantLABS, Beau worked for Foundstone as a Consultant, and later as a Senior Managing Consultant and Project Manager for the professional services group. In that capacity, he managed and performed security assessments and vulnerability resolution on enterprise networks and web-based applications. Before Foundstone, Beau spent several years as a Consultant with Internet Security Systems’ (ISS) X-Force professional services, where he performed services ranging from security assessments and penetration testing to enterprise security infrastructure deployment and network and process integration.
Due to Beau’s extensive level of knowledge in most areas of security implementation and management from both a technical and managerial level, he is a consistently sought-after and in-demand consulting resource. Beau has taught many of the Foundstone Ultimate Hacking courses to both private audiences and government agencies. Since coming to DirectDefense, Beau has contributed to the growing needs of our organization by engaging our customers on large projects with unique requirements. His ability to adapt and exceed the customer’s needs has led to many return engagements.
Christopher Walcutt is a former network architect with 25 years of experience in security, risk, and compliance leadership. His expertise is predominantly in the energy, utility, smart grid, and manufacturing sectors, specializing in industrial controls architecture, management consulting, and breach and incident handling. He has provided services to a wide variety of enterprise clients, including some of the world’s largest energy, engineering, manufacturing, and water companies, and has advised CISO’s offices and Boards of Directors globally.
Chris served in leadership roles at Constellation Energy, SunGard, and Black & Veatch, where he was responsible for cybersecurity and management consulting for NERC CIP, NRC, smart grid, and NIST compliance.
Chris has guided organizational change amidst the ever-changing threat landscape and has served in multiple NERC committees and working groups.
Kelly Kish leads DirectDefense’s worldwide marketing initiatives. Kelly joined DirectDefense in 2017, and brings with her more than 10 years of marketing experience for global cybersecurity companies.
Prior to her time at DirectDefense, Kelly served in senior marketing roles at FireEye, Elo Touch Solutions, Dell SonicWALL, and GE Energy.
Stacey Cameron, Vice President of Strategic Services at DirectDefense, is an innovator and visionary force strategically leading people with over 20 years of industry experience in the information security field. Through her wide array of experience and eclectic abilities, Stacey delivers desired outcomes with excellence. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of MD, Baltimore County and is a proud member of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program Alumni. The Meyerhoff Program is at the forefront of efforts in US universities to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Over the course of her career, Stacey has supported multiple cyber security firms, private companies, Fortune 500 companies, civilian federal agencies (as a contractor and as a federal employee), and Department of Defense (DoD) agencies in both classified and unclassified environments. These engagements ranged from integration testing, compliance assessments, audits, and risk assessments, to firewall assessments, incident response exercises, physical security assessments, and social engineering engagements. All of these experiences allowed Stacey to examine cybersecurity practices intimately across multiple industries and cultivate solutions that are not just “best” practices, but “better” practices enterprise-wide.
While working for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office as an Information Systems Security Officer, Stacey focused her efforts on the management of law enforcement systems. These efforts included developing security requirements for mobile applications, cloud-computing environments, on-premises solutions, interconnected systems, and overseeing the security operations of third-party vendors. While working at ICE, Stacey spent time assisting the Child Exploitation Investigation Unit to identify offenders and victims of child exploitation.
As an experienced cyber security business owner and executive, Stacey continues to help organizations understand the complexities of security and compliance and navigate their overall cyber landscape.
Phil Brass brings more than 30 years of experience in security consulting and software engineering, including five years of writing security assessment tools and more than 15 years in consulting. Phil is a subject matter expert on application security programs, secure development lifecycle, assessment technologies, code review, and manual testing of application security, and leads a large consulting team delivering all of these services and more.
Prior to joining DirectDefense, Phil served as Director in Optiv’s Threat Management community. Before joining Optiv in 2009, Phil was employed at Internet Security Systems (ISS) as a Windows security expert, X-Force researcher, software engineer, and team lead on the Internet Scanner 5 project. He also spent two years managing software engineering projects at ISS.
Phil has extensive knowledge in software engineering, programming languages, network communications protocols, relational databases, and all things in security as they relate to those technologies.
Prior to his time at ISS, Phil worked as an Application Engineer and Software Architect in the healthcare information systems sector, where he focused on protocols and communications with diverse hospital systems, data warehouse implementation, and high-level architectural design of distributed inventory management systems.
Kevin Overcash is a veteran product management executive with more than 30 years of experience in software engineering and product management, including over two decades of building industry-leading products and services in the information security industry.
He manages the development of DirectDefense’s ThreatAdvisor, which provides a platform for delivering penetration testing, vulnerability management, and event monitoring services.
Kevin brings a wealth of experience in product management processes and strategic design to deliver intuitive products providing complex and technical services.
Prior to joining DirectDefense, he began working in the information security industry in 1997 and has led product management, building products and service platforms at a number of leading companies, including: the security testing services on the Fusion platform at Trustwave, the managed scanning and domain service platform at NCC Group, the security testing platform at Accuvant, the Web application scanner and Web application firewall at Qualys, the Web application scanning platform at Whitehat Security, the WebDefend Web application firewall at Breach Security, the WebInspect Web application scanner at SPI Dynamics, and the Internet Scanner network scanner and RealSecure IDS at Information Security Systems.
Before working in the security industry, Kevin worked as a software engineer at NASA, Coca-Cola, and Radio Free Europe.
Jared Ballou has spent the last 15 years in the security industry. Jared’s focus on rapid client delivery and collaborative deal structuring has led to extensive growth and repeat business.
In 2018, Jared joined ObserveIT where he was responsible for growing a world-class sales organization while continuing to help build a company founded on a high-energy and high-integrity culture. In 2019, Proofpoint (A Thoma Bravo company) acquired ObserveIT. Jared led the Information Protection Business Unit, extending Proofpoint’s people-centric security portfolio by augmenting Proofpoint’s DLP capabilities with Endpoint, CASB, Web Isolation, and SASE solutions while continuing to collaborate with new and existing customers and partners to maximize their success to drive new business.
Before ObserveIT, Jared served as VP of Sales and Alliances at MixMode.ai, where he oversaw sales operations during the critical transition from stealth mode to public product launch.
Earlier, Jared served in various roles at Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD) from 2006 to 2016. He was the twenty-seventh employee to join the company in 2006. During his decade-long tenure at Rapid7, Jared helped architect a sales model that leveraged strategic partnerships to routinely drive record-breaking year-over-year growth.
At DirectDefense, Jared is responsible for developing and fostering new and existing relationships that will drive new lines of revenue for the company.
Nina Haimoff leads the sales and account management team at DirectDefense. Nina joined DirectDefense in 2016, bringing over nine years of sales and account management experience, with more than five years specifically in the cybersecurity space.
Prior to joining DirectDefense, Nina worked with enterprise accounts at Rapid7. Nina graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder and loves to head up to the mountains to ski in her spare time.
Jennifer Anderson joined DirectDefense in 2014 as the Director of Operations. As the Vice President of Operations, she is responsible for overseeing all operational functions of the company and has been an integral part in the company’s evolution to calculated decision-making based on readily-available, accurate data and in providing insightful business analysis to managers, executives, and the board.
Jennifer has been involved with the operational side of the cybersecurity industry since 2004. At her previous employer, she assisted in developing and implementing multiple scalable processes in an ever-changing and growing industry during her 10-year employment.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Colorado State University. She received her PHR certification in 2010.
Charly Bun serves as Senior Director – MSSP for DirectDefense. Charly manages a team of Security Analysts focused on the detection of cybersecurity events and is responsible for the management of detection infrastructure and response to cybersecurity incidents.
He is a seasoned cybersecurity leader, entrepreneur, and innovator who has consistently driven the success of security solutions and portfolios throughout his career. His background encompasses managed services, corporate development, product management, consulting, technical support, and implementation.
Prior to DirectDefense, he played a pivotal role in designing, building, and delivering comprehensive evaluations of clients’ information security programs at Rapid7. Leading a global team of over 120 global Advisors and Managers, the team contributed significantly to the company’s growth, overseeing the successful creation of Rapid7 Managed Services. Prior to this, he led services focused on risk management, compliance, cloud security, vulnerability management, and application security solutions. During his tenure, Charly was responsible for the successful redesign of services to adopt a risk-based approach and the rebranding of the Analytic Response service to Managed Detection and Response, resulting in a remarkable 200% year-over-year growth in Managed Services revenue.
Charly holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science from Drexel University.
Christian Juan leads the Talent Acquisition initiatives for DirectDefense. Christian joined DirectDefense in 2015 and brings with him more than 20 years of recruiting and talent management experience in the cybersecurity, IT, and engineering space. He oversees the sourcing, recruitment, screening, selection, and placement of the highest caliber cybersecurity talent for DirectDefense and its clients.
He has developed robust sourcing strategies to identify quality candidates, creating a first-class candidate experience, paying careful attention to fit when matching candidates, and communicating transparently with all internal stakeholders and clients throughout the placement process.
Prior to his time at DirectDefense, Christian served in senior recruiting roles at Samsung, Ericsson, and Hilton.
Tracy McBride leads the project management team responsible for all aspects of client management including coordination and supervision of service delivery while supporting operations to further enhance the client experience. Tracy joined the company in 2017 as SOW / QA Sales Support before being promoted to Director of Client Services in 2022.
Tracy graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She is a mother of three girls and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling when time allows.
Hannah Godwin leads DirectDefense’s efforts in developing new technology and channel partnerships and fostering strategic alliances. Hannah joined the company in 2012 as National Account Executive and later served as Channel Account Manager for North America in 2021, serving more than eight years at DirectDefense. Prior to joining DirectDefense, Hannah served as Account Manager at Optiv.
Hannah graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in International Affairs. In her free time, she loves spending time hiking in the mountains or relaxing on the beach and spending time with her family and dogs.