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Board of Advisors

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Peter Dinsmore

Peter Dinsmore has over 35 years of experience in cybersecurity. Most recently he was the Chief Engineer of the Cyber Operations Branch at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. His primary work focus is threat-based cyber risk assessment. At JHU/APL he led the .gov Cybersecurity Architecture Review (.govCAR) for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. He also led the model team for OUSD Acquisition and Sustainment for the Cyber Maturity Model Certification effort. Previously he was the Deputy CTO for Mission Assurance and the Technical Executive for the Development and Business Center at the Defense Information Systems Agency. There he was responsible for the overall technical direction within the Center. He created and led the NIPRNet/SIPRNet Cyber Security Architecture review (currently known as DoDCAR), co-sponsored with the DoD CIO and the National Security Agency. That work pioneered the concept of threat-based cyber risk assessment.

Prior work at JHU/APL included managing the Cyber Missions Branch and he was the Principal Investigator for the Cyber Measurement and Analysis Center, JHU/APL’s response for DARPA’s National Cyber Range. Mr. Dinsmore has experience in multi-level operating systems, cryptographic systems, network security products, cyber experimentation and cybersecurity portfolio management. He started his career with Bell Laboratories, and has also worked at Trusted Information Systems, Network Associates, McAfee, and SPARTA.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Timothy P. Kosiba

CEO, Mountaincrest Consulting, LLC

Tim Kosiba is the Chief Executive Officer of Mountaincrest Consulting, LLC. Prior to this current role, Tim was the Chief Executive Officer of Bracket F, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Redacted, Inc. He was directly responsible for growing the cybersecurity business within the federal, state, local and healthcare communities around the United States and internationally. Tim retired from US Government service after 33 years of leadership and operational roles in law enforcement, intelligence, and computer network operations. Tim retired from the National Security Agency in December 2021 as an SES-3, where he held senior leadership positions at NSA Georgia, NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) at Fort Meade, MD, Canberra, Australia, and United States Cyber Command Headquarters. Prior to NSA, he was a Master Forensic Examiner for the FBI’s Computer Analysis Response Team and supervised a large digital forensics laboratory in the FBI, responsible for computer forensics results in the prosecution of federal criminal activity. Tim holds a Master of Science Degree from George Washington University (1999) and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baltimore (1988).

Tom McDonough

Co-founder and Lead Developer

Tom McDonough is an experienced board member and operating executive with more than 35 years of management experience in the enterprise software and cybersecurity industry. He has managed both public and private companies through rapid revenue growth, international expansion, venture financing, initial public offerings, and mergers/acquisitions. Tom has extensive operational expertise and a consistent track record of building and optimizing the performance of Go-To-Market teams that generate predictable revenue and profitable growth. Tom’s experience and leadership skills have contributed to the value creation of more than $5B in shareholder wealth through two IPO's and four acquisitions at four different companies.

Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors of several cybersecurity companies as well as an advisor to a number venture capital and private equity firms. Tom holds a B.A. in Economics and an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

Robert Richer

Mr. Richer retired in November 2005 from the Central Intelligence Agency as the Associate Deputy Director for Operations (ADDO). As the ADDO, Mr. Richer was responsible for leading the Clandestine Services’ worldwide collection and operational efforts with specific focus on national security priorities and threats. He brought to that position more than twenty years service focused on national collection and operational priorities, the Middle East and the war against terrorism. During his years of service he developed unique relationships with key foreign officials and leaders; particularly in the Middle East and South Asia.

Prior to his assignment as the ADDO in 2004, Mr. Richer was the Chief of the Near East and South Asia Division, responsible for Clandestine Service Operations throughout the Middle East and South Asia. In that leadership role, Mr. Richer directed the Clandestine Service’s roles in the prosecution of the war in Iraq, reinforced critical relationships with foreign governments and intelligence services on issues of national importance throughout the Middle East and South Asia, and participated in national security policy deliberations.

Throughout his service with the CIA, Mr. Richer developed close and productive relationships with his United States military counterparts; particularly in the area of Special Operations, the Central Command and the overall war against terrorism. His close ties to the U.S. military were built upon his military service. Mr. Richer enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1972. He was commissioned in 1978 from the enlisted ranks after participation in the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) and served on active duty until October 1983. During his commissioned service he served as a rifle platoon commander, battalion adjutant, Weapons Company Commander and as a recruit series commander. He was recalled to active service in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm where he served as an intelligence officer. He completed his service with the Marine Corps, while in the reserves, in 1997.

Mr. Richer has been awarded numerous awards and commendations from a number of foreign governments. Additionally during his Agency career, he has received commendations and awards to include the Intelligence Commendation Medal in both 1993 and 1996; the Director's Award in 2004 and in March 2006, Mr. Richer was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.

After retirement from the CIA in November 2005 he joined Blackwater USA as the company’s Vice President of Intelligence. In January 2007 he assumed duties as the Chief Executive Officer of Total Intelligence Solutions. In February 2008 he left Total Intel to pursue private interests.

Mr. Richer currently consults on Middle East and National Security issues, assists in an advisory position and is a senior partner with International Advisory Partners.

Shane Shook

Shane is a Venture Partner at Forgepoint. Shane assists the Forgepoint team with technical due diligence and serves as a strategic advisor to current portfolio companies.

Shane has more than 30 years of experience in information technology and security consulting. His experience in cybercrime investigations includes expert witness testimony on software, systems reliability engineering, system design, information security, information management, and computer forensics. Previously, Shane served for 10 years as a Cryptologic Linguist in the Air Force.

Shane holds a PhD from Capella University, an MBA from Phoenix University, and a BTM from Peru State College. When not in the office, Shane enjoys reading, riding his Harley, and watching other people surf…and remembering when he caught all the waves they missed.

Ed Wilson

Ed Wilson

Founder, Pinnacle Strategic Consulting, LLC

Major General (ret) Ed Wilson served on active duty for well over three decades where he was at the forefront of cyber, space and intelligence operations and capability development. He commanded at all levels to include squadron, group, wing, numbered air force, and joint component.

After retiring from the military, he was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy supporting the Secretary of Defense and other senior leaders with policies, strategies and plans to guide DoD’s ability to operate in cyberspace. As DASD Cyber, he led the drafting and approval of the milestone 2018 DoD Cyber Strategy and first-ever Cyber Posture Review submitted to Congress, as well as achieved historic success in reframing the nation’s policy and strategy for how offensive & defensive cyber operations are employed globally.

General Wilson retired from government service in 2019 and founded Pinnacle Strategic Consulting, LLC, which is focused on consulting and board service in areas related to cyber, space and intelligence.

General Wilson graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in electrical engineering; earned a M.S. in computer engineering from Northeastern University; and a M.A.

in airpower art and science from the Air Force’s School of Advanced Airpower Studies.

Ed has been married to Lisa for 37 years, they have two grown children.

Lou DeSorbo

CISSP, CNDA, CEH

With more than 25 years of experience in Military Intelligence, Cyber Operations, and Warfare as well as Corporate Cybersecurity, Physical Security, Computational Risk Management and as a former Fortune 25 C-level Executive, Lou DeSorbo leads advisory consulting services at CIOSO Global. During his career, Mr. DeSorbo developed and led teams responsible for Cyber Threat Tradecraft, Cybersecurity Operations, Physical Security, Risk Management, Security Strategy, Security Governance & Compliance, Security Policy, Training and Awareness, Security Portfolio Management, Incident Response, Continuity Planning, and Crisis Management.
Greg Sullivan

Greg Sullivan

CISSP

Shane is a Venture Partner at Forgepoint. Shane assists the Forgepoint team with technical due diligence and serves as a strategic advisor to current portfolio companies.

Shane has more than 30 years of experience in information technology and security consulting. His experience in cybercrime investigations includes expert witness testimony on software, systems reliability engineering, system design, information security, information management, and computer forensics. Previously, Shane served for 10 years as a Cryptologic Linguist in the Air Force.

Shane holds a PhD from Capella University, an MBA from Phoenix University, and a BTM from Peru State College. When not in the office, Shane enjoys reading, riding his Harley, and watching other people surf…and remembering when he caught all the waves they missed.