Leadership

Babak

Babak

Founder, CEO / CTO

Babak Pasdar is an ethical hacker and a globally-recognized expert in Cyber-Security, the Cloud, and Crypto-currency. He has a reputation for developing innovative approaches and methodologies for the industry’s most complex security problems. Throughout his career, Pasdar has founded multiple groundbreaking Cyber-Security firms, developed large-scale infrastructures for some of the most well-known global companies, and identified critical threats to national security.

Before Acreto, Pasdar brought the first proxy-in-the-cloud platform to market, even before the word “cloud” was coined. Named one of New York’s Top Ten Startup Founders over 40, he built and exited two Cyber-Security technology companies, igxglobal and Bat Blue Networks.

While contracted by Verizon, Pasdar discovered a warrantless wiretapping mechanism in their infrastructure — named the “Quantico Circuit” — leading to unrestricted access to private customer voice and data communications. Concerned about its constitutionality, Pasdar subsequently became an expert witness to congress, testifying before multiple top-tier congressional committees.

At Acreto, Pasdar plays the role of visionary and innovator for the company’s much-anticipated security platform. He believes that addressing the security challenges with Internet-of-Things and Crypto-currency will transform the way the world does business.

Babak

Babak

Founder, CEO / CTO

Thad

Thad

Founder, COO / CFO

Thad is a serial entrepreneur, successfully founding, building and exiting three high-profile emerging technology companies over the past 26 years.

With a reputation as a trailblazer, he worked in pivotal business development positions at Dun & Bradstreet. He was an operator of multiple lines of business and served as a board member for AC Nielsen, where he was responsible for expanding global operations into 42 countries.

Serving as the CEO and Chairman of Knoa Software, he grew the company from a startup to a mature, globally-respected solution provider to the Fortune 100. Before joining Acreto, he led the growth of Corserva, a Cyber-Security-focused managed services company, which subsequently merged with PCNet.

He is a key leader at Acreto, managing investor relations, operations and finances as well as market strategy and positioning.

Thad

Thad

Founder, COO / CFO

Robert Cariddi

Robert Cariddi

CRO

Robert is an experienced Chief Revenue Officer with a demonstrated history of scaling disruptive technology companies. A strong go-to market executive skilled in SaaS, Sales 2.0, partnerships, IT infrastructure and security, Robert was recently SVP of Sales at SentinelOne. Prior to SentinelOne, Robert was the SVP of Sales at WhiteHat Security, where he was an investor as well.

Robert Cariddi

Robert Cariddi

CRO

Lukasz

Lukasz

VP, Engineering

Lukasz is a highly technical and experienced DevOps leader with almost 20 years of experience integrating software, Cloud, Cryptography and Crypto-currencies. He specializes in taking complex projects and segmenting them into digestible, actionable tasks that drive platform and coding excellence.

He started his career in 2000 as a technology writer on Linux in various computer magazines. Since then, he has gained experience in a long list of areas including Linux, networking, security technologies and operations, among countless other open-source technologies.

Lukasz helps the Acreto team build, deploy and operationalize complex next-gen IoT and Crypto security platforms.

Lukasz

Lukasz

VP, Engineering

Advisors

Bob Flores

Bob Flores

Security Strategy

Bob Flores, a former Chief Technology Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was responsible for many of the technologies used by the always at-risk government agency. Over his 30 year career in the US intelligence community, Bob served in a variety of areas, including the National Clandestine Service, Directorate of Intelligence, and the Directorate of Support.

At the CIA, Flores also spearheaded new technology development for complex challenges, participated on several government-wide councils and information sharing committees, developed guidance on technology strategy, contract and program management, staff development and overall leadership. After leaving the CIA, Flores co-founded Cognitio Corp., a management consulting company with specialties in risk and cloud strategy. At Acreto, Flores will work closely with company management to build the industry’s most advanced platform for securing Crypto / Blockchain Internet-of-Things ecosystems.

Bob Flores

Bob Flores

Security Strategy

Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley

Security Strategy

Bob Gourley is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm. He is the publisher of CTOvision.com and ThreatBrief.com and is a contributor to OODAloop.com. Bob’s first career was as a naval intelligence officer, which included operational tours in Europe and Asia. Bob was the first Director of Intelligence (J2) at DoD’s cyber defense organization JTF-CND. Following retirement from the Navy Bob was an executive with TRW and Northrop Grumman, and then returned to government service as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Bob was named one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the globe by Infoworld. He was selected for AFCEAs award for meritorious service to the intelligence community, and was named by Washingtonian as one of DC’s “Tech Titans.” The blog he founded and publishes, CTOvision, is now ranked among the top 50 federal technology blogs.

Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley

Security Strategy

Brian S. Harmon

Brian S. Harmon

Business Development Strategy

Brian Harmon has spent the last 30 years in sales and sales management. From very early days of selling educational books door to door to most recently leading the sales charge at Trend Micro, Palo Alto Networks, Agari, And Illusive Networks, he has built a reputation of over performance, building and leading great sales teams, and steering go to market strategies for various Cyber companies.

Expertise lies in extensive sales and marketing leadership, business development, building brand identity and leveraging information technology for competitive advantage to achieve objectives according to plan.

Career success building profitable growth in the telecommunications, outsource technology services, and security software and hardware industries through market identification and promotion, sales process refinement, partnership establishment, and direct business development.

Brian is also on the Advisory Board of Hope Gala NYC – fighting childhood cancer. A graduate of Penn State, he also volunteers at the LaunchBox, and the Start up Leadership Network – both part of the Penn State start up initiatives.

Brian S. Harmon

Brian S. Harmon

Business Development Strategy

Paul Blackstone

Paul Blackstone

Financial & Exchange Strategy

Navy veteran Paul Blackstone has more than 23 years of experience in making technology innovation business-practical for the financial industry. As an entrepreneur and mobile security expert he brings considerable creativity, problem solving and leadership skills to Acreto’s advisory team.

Currently serving as Chief Strategy Officer for a financial organization, Blackstone drives strategic direction for his firm as well as a financial industry consortium. After past positions at Symantec, Dell and Copilot networks, he boasts heavy risk management, virtualization, and security experience for financial space.

Paul Blackstone

Paul Blackstone

Financial & Exchange Strategy

David Sorin

David Sorin

Legal, Corporate

David Sorin is co-chair of the venture capital and emerging growth companies practice at McCarter & English, and has led a team that completed 123 capital-raising transactions in a single year, raising upward of $500 million for his startup companies. He will help Acreto’s team navigate the complex world of fundraising, Crypto-currency regulations and utility token sales.

David has been inducted into the New Jersey Technology Council Hall of Fame, received a Start Influencer Award by SmartCEO, and been named a national leader in the representation of startups and emerging growth companies. Sorin is also the founder of entreprenYOURS, a startup accelerator that connects young companies to funding and other resources.

David Sorin

David Sorin

Legal, Corporate

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

Legal, Intellectual Property

Kevin Murphy manages the innovation practice for intellectual property firm GS2Law. He is a skilled trial lawyer with over 20 years experience in Intellectual property positioning and litigation. He has experience in bringing dozens of cases to successful verdicts for multi-national clients. Kevin will help the Acreto team protect and preserve patents, intellectual property and trademarks.

Previously, Kevin was a Prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, where he won 18 bench and jury convictions in a three-year span. In 2004, he became a partner at Frommer Lawrence, winning $12 million in trade secret jury verdicts.

Murphy has spent decades representing clients in major copyright, patent and trademark litigation in the United States, Europe, Japan, India and China.

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

Legal, Intellectual Property