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John Keister, CEO

John has more than 15 years of experience working with public and private technology companies. He has previously been a co-founder, president, chief operating officer and board director of two technology companies focused on search, marketing and analytics. Both of these companies, Go2Net and Marchex, reached an annual run rate of more than $100 million and successfully completed the IPO process. John also has 10+ years of experience investing in early-stage software companies and has been a member of the boards of directors of several of these companies.

Fred Wilmot, CTO

Fred brings more than 20 years of cybersecurity expertise to PacketSled. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Solutions Engineering at Context Relevant, where he implemented a real-time transaction fraud platform for financial markets, weaponizing security use cases with data science automation and machine learning.  During Fred’s tenure at Splunk, he was responsible for the company’s ascension to a market leader in the security industry, placing the company in the Gartner SIEM magic quadrant. As the founder and director of the global security practice, Fred prototyped innovation in the field, and built platform applications that were utilized in responding to some of the most major breaches in Internet history.  Prior to Splunk, Fred has held numerous executive level security positions with major brands including Symantec, Disney, T-Mobile, and IBM. Fred attended the US Naval Academy and holds a BS in Mathematics and History from FSU.

Jared Ballou, Vice President, Sales & Strategic Alliances

Jared has spent the last 10 years transforming the traditional and expensive industry technical sales model into a scalable and highly efficient sales methodology. Responsible for the inside sales organization at Rapid7 (NASDAQ:RPD), he routinely drove record-breaking YOY growth numbers for the company. Jared has built top sales teams and produced some of the industry’s brightest software sales talent. He spent the last 3 years directing the US and Canada Commercial Markets, defining Rapid7 as a market leader.

Aaron Eppert, Director of Engineering

Aaron Eppert is an industry expert in protocol analysis, reverse engineering and implementation.  He is a committer to BroIDS Open Source Repository, including bringing the SMB Protocol Analyzer to Bro.  He is a sought-after trainer and mentor of the Bro Ecosystem and a recognized expert in binary analysis, the Bro Scripting Language and Plugin development.  Aaron has spent much of his career in government work, decoding nation-state level adversarial campaigns in support of the Air Force CERT and Air Force Office of Special Investigations amongst other agencies.

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