Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO of InQuest, Michael hails from the public sector, serving nearly 15 years as the director of the Pentagon's Computer Incident Response Team (PENTCIRT). Among the top five largest offices in the world and certainly among the most targeted. Mike's operational experience is unparalleled. He has hands-on experience with nearly every security product under the Sun. Mike has held numerous positions within the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC) where he is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in the fields of intrusion detection and analysis. Author of several DOD standards for intrusion detection, in 2007 he was recognized by the Army as the Information Assurance Professional of the Year.
Joining InQuest as CTO, Pedram was formerly a director at Avast, after the acquisition of his startup Jumpshot, a solution for the identification and removal of deeply entrenched malware. Previously, he founded the Zero Day Initiative at TippingPoint, where the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) was invented. At TippingPoint he built and managed the world's largest group of independent researchers. To date the predominant source of all Microsoft vulnerability discoveries. He has historically spent much of his time in the shoes of a reverse engineer, developing automation tools and processes. Pedram has formerly presented and given training courses at Blackhat and numerous other infosec conferences globally. Pedram holds a CS degree from Tulane University and is an author of the book "Fuzzing: Brute Force Vulnerability Discovery".
Darren Spruell is an experienced technologist with an array of technical skills bolstered by intense curiosity and a passion for continual learning and mastery. He is known for pursuing high standards in refining systems, processes, and teams to operate at their highest level.
Darren’s career includes specialties in several areas of cybersecurity, including security engineering, incident response, malware analysis, threat research and cyber threat intelligence. He has experience both contributing to and leading teams in multiple industry sectors, including healthcare, education, financial, defense and manufacturing, and has worked in small companies, large enterprises, managed service providers and specialized security vendors.
Darren has been a long time collaborator in intelligence sharing communities, and has led efforts to maintain data sharing relationships and anti-abuse coordination in key industries such as web hosting and internet service providers. He has additionally partnered within the public sector, serving as a consultant and contributor to working groups and supporting law enforcement agency efforts focused on unveiling and dismantling criminal operations. He has carried out long term threat research that has resulted in attribution and tracking of novel threat actor groups and malware. Darren has authored reports and spoken at security conferences on less mainstream topics such as monitoring passive network intrusion sensors, detecting and responding to malicious traffic distribution, the rise of web payment card skimmers, and large scale mobile and Linux botnet distribution operations.
Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart
Retired Deputy Commander of US Cyber Command
Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart (Retired - USMC) is a focused and results-oriented leader with more than 30 years experience in all aspects of cyberspace operations, intelligence, and counterintelligence. His expertise is in developing high performance teams and implementing innovative strategies, plans, and initiatives while driving process improvements to attain objectives and goals.
During his time in the Marine Corps, Lt. Gen. Stewart held numerous leadership positions including Commanding Officer, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division; Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force; Director of Intelligence, Marine Corps Intelligence, HQMC; and Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace.
Lt. Gen. Stewart went on to serve in key Department of Defense cyber intelligence roles including Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); and Deputy Commander, United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM).
StoneMill Ventures CEO
Michael was previously the CISO at Zscaler, a company that has pioneered the Security-as-a-Service space. As a member of the founding team, he spent a decade building Zscaler's research team, driving the security model and evangelizing the vision. Prior to Zscaler, Michael helped build SPI Dynamics (acquired by HP) and iDEFENSE (acquired by VeriSign).
Following Zscaler's successful IPO in March 2018, Michael chose to pursue his passion for angel investing on a full-time basis by launching StoneMill Ventures. He seeks out passionate entrepreneurs ready to disrupt key components of the security ecosystem. Michael is an active investor who looks for founders desiring mentorship alongside financial capital.
Cybersecurity Executive with proven experience as a CSO, CISO, and MSSP Business Owner. USAF Veteran.
Doug Steelman is a Cybersecurity Business owner and USAF veteran with over 25 years of experience in the information technology and security space.
Previously, Mr. Steelman was the SVP, Managed Security Services for Optiv. Prior to this role he was the Chief Security Officer for managed security services leader Dell SecureWorks.
Mr. Steelman was a plank holder of United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM J34) while serving as the Director, DoD Dynamic Network Defense Operations. As the J34, Mr. Steelman was responsible for integrating, synchronizing, and deconflicting offensive, defensive, and on-net operations across USCYBERCOM Components and DoD Computer Network Defense Service Providers.
Security Industry Executive
Stu is a long-time security industry veteran with operational and executive background across all facets of the public and private cyber security landscape. Currently the Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer for Recorded Future, his role is responsible for driving internal and external initiatives and partnerships to help continue to solidify and expand Recorded Future's place as the global market leader for threat intelligence led strategies to help clients of all types reduce digital risk.
Previously, Stu was the Chief Technology Officer for the Global Solutions Integrator, Optiv, responsible for understanding the broad cyber security vendor ecosystem and leading Optiv's go to market efforts with its vast partner community as well as previously leading their Global Services businesses including the Optiv MSSP, Security Consulting and Emerging Technologies divisions. Stu has a deep background in threat intelligence prior to joining the Recorded Future team having previously held executive leadership positions at iSIGHT Partners leading to their ultimate sale to FireEye in 2015. On the enterprise side among other experiences, Stu is a former SVP at Bank of America where he led numerous Information Security, Business Continuity and Third Party Risk functions globally.
Vice President of Marketing for Delta Risk
Tempy has more than 20 years of experience in technology and cybersecurity marketing, and is Head of Marketing, Cybersecurity Services, for Motorola Solutions, Inc. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Marketing for Delta Risk, a managed security services provider that was acquired by Motorola Solutions in 2020.
Previously, Tempy served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Cyveillance, a threat intelligence firm that was acquired by LookingGlass Cyber Solutions in 2015 and then by ZeroFOX in 2020. Before joining Cyveillance, she held senior enterprise security marketing roles at Dell SecureWorks and Verisign, and marketing leadership roles at multiple tech startups. Her information security expertise includes managed security services, threat hunting, incident response, threat intelligence, security consulting, compliance, and digital brand protection. Tempy has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.