Meet the team
The PolySwarm Team is composed of InfoSec veterans with decades of experience in government and industry. We’re driven to improve the threat intelligence landscape for ourselves, our clients and the industry at large. By providing robust incentives that align participants’ interest with continued innovation, PolySwarm will break the mold of today’s iterative threat intelligence offerings.
All PolySwarm Founders and Co-Founders are also members of Narf Industries, LLC, a boutique information security firm specializing in tailored solutions for government and large enterprises. Narf operates on the cutting-edge of InfoSec, blockchain and cryptographic research, having recently completed a blockchain-based identity management project for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as several cutting-edge partial homomorphic encryption projects on behalf of DARPA.
Steve previously founded Narf Industries, an information security R&D firm, with marquee clients from DARPA to members of the Fortune 500. He brings over 20 years of experience in Information Security focused development. He previously served in lead roles in a variety of projects for Government and Industry including: software development for advanced incident response, blockchain-based identity management R&D, and development of cutting-edge program analysis tools for DARPA’s CGC. Previously, he competed in several DEF CON Capture The Flags as a member of Sk3wl of R00t.
Paul brings over 10 years of experience in modern software exploitation, program analysis, vulnerability research, reverse engineering, cryptography, and low-level development.
Prior to co-founding PolySwarm, Paul reverse engineered and wrote bespoke malware disinfection tools for Fortune 100 clients. Paul has conducted cutting-edge research on partial homomorphic encryption as it applies to protecting network signatures and programs and has co-designed a confidentiality system for a public / private hybrid blockchain for identity management on behalf of the US Department of Homeland Security.
Paul has led cutting-edge information security research and development efforts in both private and public sectors, has identified exploitable vulnerabilities in defensive tools as a Vulnerability Analyst for CERT/CC, served as a web application security engineer for McAfee and won DEF CON's CTF competition.
Paul holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a MSc in Information Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Ben brings over a decade of experience in information security to the table, having led research on automated program analysis, malware reverse engineering, secure software development, cryptography, cryptocurrency, and vulnerability analysis.
Having won multiple CTFs, including DEF CON, Ben continues to participate in hacking competitions today, staying at the cutting edge of reverse engineering and software exploitation. At Narf, he made use of this experience in his work on DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, helping to develop and secure a game with millions in prizes that tested the state-of-the-art in program analysis.
It’s not all fun and games though: throughout his career, Ben has uncovered hundreds of vulnerabilities in an impressive range of products, including widely-used open source products, hugely popular web applications, security-critical embedded devices, and multiple mobile platforms. He authored many source and binary analysis tools to aid in his research, ensuring that future bugs can be found quickly and efficiently.
Ben holds a BSc and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa.
Nick brings substantial experience leading enterprise teams in the performance of real-world, large-scale digital forensics, malware reverse engineering, adversarial hunting, threat analysis and incident response.
As a Narf co-founder, he helped deliver cutting-edge research using partial homomorphic encryption applied to network signatures, audited thousands of lines of code for security vulnerabilities, and created a variety of custom-designed binary applications each possessing intentional vulnerabilities that are used to test the efficacy of automated program analysis tools.
Nick has competed in and won several DEF CON Capture The Flag competitions as a member of Sk3wl of R00t.
Bill brings 23 years of experience in helping startups grow fast. He is a business development and marketing expert who is practiced at designing user focused adoption strategies, selling technical services to large and small companies as well as building and leading effective marketing and sales teams.
Most recently, Bill was Director of Growth & Partnerships at Digital Telepathy, which was acquired by ServiceNow.
Bill has a proven track record of closing deals from 10k to 1+ million. He co-founded, built and managed a 42 person UX interactive agency running major development programs for clients such as Cisco, Logitech, Cartus, Adaptec and KPMG.
Bill has been a founder and cofounder of three startups prior to PolySwarm.
Adrian brings 10 years of experience in data driven Marketing, Product Management and Market Research working and consulting for Fortune 100 companies, professional services firms and startups across diverse industries.
At BusinessOnline, a B2B Digital Marketing Agency, Adrian led the Market Intelligence department and Marketing Analytics consulting engagements with companies such as General Electric, HP, Siemens, Lenovo and Honeywell. Adrian was recently awarded as the "Agency Professional of the Year" by SDX, the oldest Marketing association in San Diego, California.
Prior to Business Online, Adrian worked for Sony Electronics, where he managed the computer and tablet business for five countries in Latin America, where he consistently increased sales, profit margins and market share.
Adrian has also worked as a consultant for Monster Cable and Deloitte, has a MBA from the University of San Francisco and a BBA from IQS University (Barcelona, Spain).
Anna is a communications expert specializing in cybersecurity. As the former PR and communications manager for one of the largest global cybersecurity (endpoint security) companies in the world, Anna brings experience working on the strategic communication of ground-breaking research and cyber-threat discoveries. Her campaigns and initiatives have resulted in media coverage in top publications like USA Today, WSJ, WIRED and more. Anna also has over a decade of experience managing media relations, marketing communications and brand reputation.
Samuel is an experienced software engineer and machine learning specialist. Prior to PolySwarm, he developed a geo-located distribution system for the largest services marketplace startup in Brazil, which allowed a successful series-B fund raise. For this same company he also developed a large scale bid optimization system for AdWords. Throughout his Computer Science PhD, Samuel studied user behavior in social networks, worked at IBM Research São Paulo for two years, and performed his own research at Cornell University for one year. Samuel holds BSc degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Engineering.
Javier has more than 10 years experience working in the security arena. He has spent time in large financial institutions conducting malware reverse engineering. Javier has also served as a security engineer inside BBVA CERT Bank for the BBVA Group countries (Spain, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Paraguay) as well as an E-Crime team leader and CTO. He specializes in threat research, reverse engineering, pentesting, crypto analysis and forensic investigations.
He was also a participant in meetings with Europol and Interpol inside the “European Cybercrime Centre – EC3” for Cybercrime Incident Response – Netherlands, The Hague.
Marcio brings nearly 20 years of experience in software development, having worked in a wide range of business niches, from telecommunications, to advertising, financial systems, and e-commerce.
He has worked for companies including Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, and AOL as a back-end developer, full-stack developer and data engineer.
Marcio is also a certified data scientist, with training in statistics, machine learning, and cluster computing. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering with a major in Computer Science from the University of Sao Paulo.
Aaron has over 10 years of software and mechanical engineering expertise. He is a decorated US Air Force Veteran with a Medal of Valor, responsible for disarming IED’s during his tour in Iraq.
He has since worked in many roles during his software engineer career. As a robotics software test engineer at iRobot, building internal applications for government think-tank Mitre Corporation and big data processing at EnerNOC. Aaron was responsible for designing, building and managing a collection of distributed systems across multiple cloud providers that powers the global Red Bull TV application.
In 2017 he founded the LA Blockchain Meet-Up, a group of over 600 blockchain enthusiasts and holds monthly meet-ups. Aaron began his adventure in the crypto world by mining Litecoin in 2012 and selling bootstrapped hard drives for Ethereum based mining rigs.
Zephyr brings over 10 years of experience in vulnerability research, reverse engineering and software engineering.
Prior to joining Polyswarm as a blockchain security engineer, Zephyr has helped and led technical enterprises of all sizes: as the 2nd hire at a fast-growing company which successfully exited; writing code for highly-available telecommunications systems alongside dozens of other engineers; as the technical leadership at a YCombinator-backed startup and more.
His enthusiasm for computing spans the entire software stack, from authoring debuggers to designing distributed databases. This passion has led him to uncover vulnerabilities in widely deployed systems like the Erlang runtime and Microsoft embedded receipt printers as well as specialized systems like the academic research operating system Plan9. Zephyr has also presented research at information security conventions, demonstrating improvements to traditional techniques as well as exploring new frontiers in the analysis of computer programs.
Josh brings over 5 years of experience in developing websites for some of the nation’s fastest-growing startups and enterprises.
Prior to joining PolySwarm as a front-end developer, Josh has both helped and led development teams in building highly-scalable websites and web apps for such organizations as Nanome, Signal Sciences, Nutanix, NuVasive, Downtown San Diego, Lunarpages, Chameleon Cold-Brew, and more.
Josh has a proven track record of both articulating world-class design systems through code and using DevOps philosophies to improve process and performance. He is a self-motivated leader and lifelong learner.
Josh holds a BSc in Digital Arts from SAE Institute.
Blake brings over 7 years of customer service experience. Before joining the PolySwarm team, Blake was a community manager for TokenPay throughout their ICO.
Blake worked as a Correctional Officer for the State of Texas while attending college at Sam Houston State University, where he graduated with a BBA.
Blake has been a part of two startups prior to PolySwarm.
Carlos brings experience from business development, project management, and community management. In the past has worked as a consultant for World Bank in Latin America and in operations at a start-up in Germany.
He is a recent International Management Master's graduate, having gained international experience in Taipei, Vienna, Berlin and London. He is now based in Barcelona helping Polyswarm grow in Europe.
Karla, an experienced executive assistant (EA), brings more than 10 years of experience to PolySwarm. Karla previously worked as the EA / HR assistant at the first non-profit organization co-working space and incubator to be granted a federal fund in Puerto Rico. She also provided guidance and expertise in other fields like operations management. While serving as a member of the Policy and Procedures Committee Board at Citi Puerto Rico, Karla supported 12 countries and reported to the senior management of the organization.
Meet our advisors
PolySwarm is fortunate to be advised by world-renowned information security experts hailing from both industry and academia. Our adviser list is growing quickly; check back soon for updates.
Our legal team
PolySwarm is fortunate to be represented by the legal team at Goodwin Procter LLP who are globally-recognized for their expertise in the financial and technology industries.