Our Team

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

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

Patricia

Patricia

Marketing Coordinator

Patricia is an experienced brand manager and digital marketer who has developed a number of social networks and communities, always with the customer as the focal point. Her experience spans multiple communities, markets and geographies around the world. Before Acreto, Patricia served as “Digital Marketing Manager” at a small marketing agency in New Jersey.

She is skilled in community strategy and development, consumer relations and social media management across multiple platforms. A “Digital Marketer” at heart, Patricia holds a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Retail Merchandising and Management. As the lead community manager, she is the face and voice of the company for investors and customers.

Patricia

Patricia

Marketing Coordinator

Sheida

Sheida

Digital Marketing Associate

Sheida is a marketing expert with over four years of robust experience in digital marketing and design. She has a strong track record of successfully helping many small and mid-sized companies achieve meaningful growth in various industries such including IT, SaaS and E-commerce.

Sheida graduated form Parsons in 2017 with a Master of Strategic Design and is certified in Adwords, Inbound and Outbound Marketing.

Sheida

Sheida

Digital Marketing Associate

Cassandra

Cassandra

S/NOC Ops Engineer

Cassandra is a recent graduate from SUNY Polytechnic Institute where she studied cybersecurity and computer science. She has had professional experience in network engineering at Choice Hotels and automation engineering at Palo Alto Networks. Her passion for the field has inspired many academic and personal projects. These include the development of a DHCP attack detection system, site surveying the campus network and proposing improvements, and developing scripts that implement computer vision.

Cassandra

Cassandra

S/NOC Ops Engineer

Mohiuddin

Mohiuddin

Director, UX Strategy

Mohi is a well-respected and seasoned UX strategist who uses cognitive design innovation to drive transparent and seamless user experiences.

Leading Acreto’s team of user interface experts and illustrators, Mohi creates interactive and intuitive customer experiences based on thoughtful analysis and innovative design.

Mohi’s work with Acreto includes user experience (UX) strategy, and User Interface (UI) design and development from concept and wireframe to final polished product.

Mohiuddin

Mohiuddin

Director, UX Strategy

Vlad

Vlad

Development Engineer

Vlad is a senior engineer at Acreto with expertise and experience in networking, Cryptography and application platforms. Throughout his career, he has led development teams for multiple large-scale projects in the financial and network application space.

Prior to his software engineering career, Vlad studied and worked as a theoretical physicist in Integrable Systems and String Theory.

Vlad engaged with Acreto very early in its formation, intrigued by the groundbreaking approach and ambitious goals that he found to be both fascinating and challenging.

Personally he is passionate about Cryptography and quantum computing and has 17 years of experience in software architecture and development. He counts GoLang, Java and C++ among his favorites coding languages.

Vlad

Vlad

Development Engineer

Hassan

Hassan

Animator

Hassan Ali is a 2d Animator and UI Designer with five years of experience in the creative sphere. Hassan enjoys branding and identity development, and also has experience in animation production. Though his specialty is motion graphics and designing user interfaces, he also has an acumen for graphic design.

Hassan

Hassan

Animator

Faiz

Faiz

Development Engineer

Faiz is a front-end developer. He is passionate about design and development and spends most of his time working with HTML, CSS and Javascript. New and open-source technology excites him, and he loves to explore new tools.

Faiz

Faiz

Development Engineer

Mubashir

Mubashir

Development Engineer

Mubashir is a UI Designer with more than five years of experience in the graphics and web design industry. He is an expert in designing delightful user interfaces and experiences for mobile and web applications and enjoys solving complex problems through clutter-free, user-friendly designs.

Mubashir

Mubashir

Development Engineer

Muhammad

Muhammad

Development Engineer

Muhammad is an architect and experienced R&D manager for tip-of-the-spear emerging technologies.

Before Acreto, he worked as a senior adviser for Dell, where he was responsible for integrating Dell rack servers with their NFV product line. Prior to Dell, he managed NFV and IoT solutions at a leading research organization where he developed an IoT-based RFI response.

At Acreto, Muhammad uses his extensive knowledge to explore and build new features, develop new systems and test other enhancements to the security platform. He also spearheads Acreto global patent initiatives.

Muhammad

Muhammad

Development Engineer

Andrzej

Andrzej

Development Engineer

Andrzej is an ambitious software engineer with over 7 years of experience in various diverse technologies. He works with all layers of modern architecture, from database schema, through REST API design, ending with clients. According to him, the most important feature of any software is to solve critical business problems and deliver cutting-edge products that are best-in-class.

Andrzej

Andrzej

Development Engineer

Frank

Frank

Front-End Developer

Frank loves to write code in a high-paced and challenging environment with an emphasis on using best practices to develop high-quality software that meets project requirements, budget, and schedule. He enjoys learning new technologies and sharing findings with his colleagues.

Frank

Frank

Front-End Developer

Alexandru

Alexandru

Development Engineer

Alexandru is an experienced DevOps, Agile Project Management and Scrum evangelist with more than three years of experience in these fields. Before Acreto, he built Agile teams and implemented the latest advanced technologies at Orange. At Acreto, Alexandru works in the DevOps field to substantially increase the quality of the security platform.

Alexandru

Alexandru

Development Engineer

Przemysław

Przemysław

Development Engineer

Przemysław is an accomplished software developer, eager to advance his skills in new and cutting-edge technologies. Before working for Acreto, he worked closely with Acreto’s current Engineering VP, Łukasz, on various IoT projects. Before working with Łukasz, he was responsible for developing simulators for microcontrollers.

Przemysław

Przemysław

Development Engineer

Vikas

Vikas

Front-End Developer

Vikas is a front-end developer. He is passionate about javascript and is comfortable working with its various libraries. He loves to work in agile teams and is always open to learning something new.

Vikas

Vikas

Front-End Developer

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

Maciej Kranz

Maciej Kranz

IoT Strategy

Maciej Kranz brings 30 years of technology innovation and strategy experience to Acreto. In his current position as Vice President of Strategic Innovation at Cisco, he leads the group that’s focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers and startups through a global network of Innovation Centers.

Prior to this role, he was general manager of Cisco’s Connected Industries Group, where he evangelized IoT technologies for key industrial markets. He also worked independently in a variety of roles for startups and Fortune 100 companies.

In his new book, Building the Internet of Things, Kranz offers practical advice to business decision-makers on how and why to implement IoT securely and effectively today.

Maciej Kranz

Maciej Kranz

IoT 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

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