DirectDefense Hires New Senior Director

Englewood, Colo., December 4, 2019 – DirectDefense, Inc., an information security services company that provides penetration testing, compliance management, and 24/7 managed services, today announced Phil Brass has been named Senior Director of Professional Services, reporting directly to the DirectDefense President Jim Broome. He brings over 30 years’ of experience in security consulting and software engineering, including 5 years of writing security assessment tools and over 15 years in consulting. Brass 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 these services and more.

“Phil is a recognized security professional with extensive expertise in security consulting and software engineering,” said DirectDefense President Jim Broome. “His contributions will be highly valued as we continue to grow our professional services and work in close and honest partnership with clients to design a personalized information security solution that works based on an organization’s specific needs.”

Prior to joining DirectDefense as our new Senior Director, Phil Brass served as director in Optiv’s Threat Management community. Phil’s role was to ensure that the Threat Management consulting practice delivers world-class services to clients by providing strategic direction, developing new service offerings, overseeing a large delivery team, and working with clients to help solve the challenges of complex application security programs.

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 led the sensor fusion team as an engineering manager, visionary and evangelist. Moving into consulting, he specialized in penetration testing and application security auditing. Phil has extensive knowledge in software engineering, programming languages, network communications protocols, relational databases and all things in security as it relates to those technologies. He conducted numerous penetration tests and application assessments for a variety of clients in financial services and other industries. Prior to that, Phil worked as an Application Engineer and Software Architect in the health care 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.

About DirectDefense
DirectDefense, named one of America’s fastest growing small private companies in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 by Inc. Magazine, is an information security services and 24/7 managed services provider headquartered in Englewood, CO, with locations across the United States. Founded in 2011 on more than 50 years combined experience in information security, DirectDefense works in close and honest partnership with clients to design a personalized information security solution that works based on an organization’s specific needs. To learn more, visit


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