Board of Advisors

Rick Gordon


Rick Gordon is an expert on security technology, business strategy and early-stage venture development. Mr. Gordon serves on the advisory board of the United States Naval Academy Center for Cyber Security Studies, and the AlphaTech group in addition to PFP Cybersecurity. He also serves on the board of directors for Atomicorp.

Mr. Gordon served as Managing Partner of Mach37 TM, the premier accelerator for cybersecurity entrepreneurs and startups. Prior to this role, Mr. Gordon served as Vice President of Product Management at KEYW Corporation, COO of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions, Managing Director at the Civitas Group and CEO of Tovaris. He also served on the founding Board of Directors of Invincea. Rick has been a frequent contributor and speaker on such issues as security innovation and investing, cloud security, and Internet threat intelligence.

Mr. Gordon served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He received his MBA from the University of Virginia and his B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Bob Flores


Bob Flores is a co-Founder of Cognitio Corp, an independent consulting firm specializing in mergers & acquisitions due diligence, cyber security assessments, and advisory services. Bob also serves on the Board of Directors or Advisory Boards of several companies. Prior to Cognitio, Mr. Flores spent 31 years in the US Intelligence Community where he held various technology positions, including that of Enterprise Chief Technology Officer at CIA.

Mr. Flores holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Statistics from Virginia Tech.

Todd Headley


Todd Headley was the Chief Financial Officer of Sourcefire, a Columbia, Maryland based cyber security firm (NASDAQ: FIRE) from 2003 until it’s acquisition by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) in October of 2013. Todd joined Sourcefire in 2003 when it had 35 employees and about $2M in annual revenue. Over the course of the next 10 years, Todd was instrumental in helping grow the business to over 700 people with nearly $300M in annual revenues. Sourcefire raised a total of $55M in venture financing, completed a $94M IPO in 2007, made two technology acquisitions and was ultimately sold to Cisco for $2.7B. From 1992-2003 Todd held key financial management positions in 4 local area venture-backed technology start-ups, each of which was acquired – Riverbed Technologies, Roadshow, BioNetrix and POMS. Todd has helped build and guide companies from their early stages through significant growth periods, and he has handled several M&A transactions, negotiated significant technology partnership arrangements and spear-headed international expansion. Todd began his career in 1985 as a public accounting with Arthur Andersen. He is a CPA and holds a BS degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech.

Robert D. Rodriguez


Robert D. Rodriguez is the Chairman and Founder of the Security Innovation Network (SINET) whose focus is on the advancement of IT security innovation into the industry and government markets. Previous to this he spent over twenty-two years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. During this tenure he held a number of leadership roles within Executive Protection, Protective Intelligence and Criminal Investigations. He served as a supervisor on the Presidential Protective Detail, Counter Assault Team, Protective Intelligence and Criminal Investigation operations. His executive protection experience spanned 11 years at the White House serving Presidents Ronald W. Reagan, George H. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle and numerous Heads of State.

George Schu


George Schu is active as a member of the Imagination Stage, Board of Trustees, a member of the Washington Board of Trade, Cyber Task Force, and an advisor to the MACH-37 Cyber Accelerator.

Mr. Schu created Avanti Solutions in 2013. Prior to Avanti Solutions, he was a Booz Allen Hamilton Partner and Senior Vice President, was Vice President of the Public Sector at VeriSign, led a team at Oracle Corporation focused on growing the Oracle Information Security solutions. Before joining the commercial workforce, Mr. Schu was a Captain in the US Navy.

Mr. Schu has a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Alan Wade


Alan Wade serves on the boards of the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA, Professional Project Services in Oak Ridge, TN, Assyst Inc in Herndon VA, and on public sector advisory boards of several technology companies.

Mr. Wade has held a series of senior positions at CIA, including the Director of Communications, Director of Security, and Chief Information Officer. Since retirement from the CIA, Mr. Wade has served on the boards of Safeboot N.V. (acquired by McAfee in 2007), Detica DFI (acquired by BAE Systems in 2008), Composite Software (acquired by Cisco in 2013) and Applied Communications Sciences (acquired by The SI Organization in 2013).

Mr. Wade graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and received his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Jason Syversen


Jason Syversen is an entrepreneur and investor with experience in technology innovation, program development and execution gathered in industry and government roles.

Mr. Syversen founded Siege Technologies in 2009. Apart from Siege Technologies, he has been a Partner at 10X Ventures, and has served as a board member at several companies, including Minim and 418 Intelligence Corp..

Mr. Syversen has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is a graduate of the University of Maine, with a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering.

David Simpson


RADM David Simpson (retired) has over twenty years ICT experience supporting deployed IT users and partner nation ICT development in the Asia Pacific, South American, European, African and Middle East regions. Led development of Enterprise IT Services and Defensive Cyber capabilities for DoD Information Networks, working closely with Partners across the Federal space, lowering costs through implementation of best practices and teaming, successfully countering aggressive cyber adversary efforts. Effective Team Leader, Communicator and Change Agent.

RADM Simpson has held a series of senior positions with US Government, including the Chief of Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau at FCC, Vice Director of DISA.

RADM Simpson received his Master Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and his B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.