Security Pioneer Enlists Former Qualys VP of Engineering Ken Shelton to Scale Engineering, World-Famous Hacker Aaron Portnoy to Accelerate Vulnerability Research, and Veteran CISO Aaron Fosdick to Oversee Security.
December 10, 2020 – Waltham, MA
Randori, creators of the world’s first automated attack platform, today announced the expansion of its security leadership team with the appointment of Ken Shelton as vice president of engineering, Aaron Portnoy as principal scientist, Aaron Fosdick as chief information security officer, and Rodolphe Simonetti and Rear Adm. Dan MacDonnell (Retired) as advisors. These appointments come as the company prepares to close a record year of growth and was recently named one of the 10 Coolest Cybersecurity Startups of 2020.
“2020 has been a breakout year at Randori. Our vision of providing a trusted adversary to every organization is attracting world-class talent and resonating with security teams struggling to keep up with the pace of change,” said Brian Hazzard, Randori co-founder and CEO. “Our new hires and advisors speak to the quality of the team we are building, one grounded in authenticity and expertise, and strengthens our ability to meet growing enterprise demand for our Attack Platform.”
Shelton, former vice president of engineering at Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS), has 15 years of experience in engineering leadership and offensive security research, having held similar roles at ManTech, Harris, and NetWatcher. A former defense contractor with offensive experience, Shelton holds computer science and computer engineering bachelor’s degrees from the University of South Florida. At Randori, Shelton will be responsible for leading its engineering team and ensuring the innovations developed by the Randori Attack Team are rapidly integrated into the attack platform and available to every customer.
Portnoy, original architect of the Pwn2Own contest, co-founder of Exodus Intelligence, and manager of the Zero Day Initiative, brings unrivaled experience in developing advanced offensive capabilities to the Randori team. At Randori, Portnoy will work on accelerating the development of new and authentic attack techniques into the Randori Attack Platform and further establish the Randori Attack Team as a leader in offensive security and vulnerability research.
Fosdick brings a wealth of experience building highly effective security programs for technology companies. With over 20 years of experience managing cybersecurity risk, he brings a focused approach to implementing and enhancing organizational security and maturity. At Randori, Fosdick will oversee all aspects of internal security and compliance.
“At Randori, we’re building a different type of security company – one focused on delivering pragmatic outcomes instead of selling fear. The amazing talent we’re adding today and the traction we are seeing in the market is validation this approach can work, and I’m ecstatic to have Ken Shelton, Aaron Portnoy, and Aaron Fosdick join us on the journey” said David Wolpoff, Randori co-founder and CTO. “These new hires reinforce Randori’s commitment to investing early in our own security as well as developing a culture of engineering and attacker excellence. These investments are critical as we bring the attacker’s perspective to the broader community.”
In addition to Shelton, Portnoy, and Fosdick, Randori has added Rodolphe Simonetti, former managing director of global security consulting at Verizon, and Rear Admiral Dan MacDonnell (Retired), former deputy chief of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, to its Board of Advisors. The Randori Board of Advisors is made up of business, security, and government leaders who provide strategic guidance and operational advice to the company.
Launched earlier this year, the Randori Attack Platform combines attack surface management (ASM) and continuous automated red teaming (CART) in a single platform to provide organizations with a real-time assessment of risk. Organizations interested in gaining an attacker’s perspective can get started for free today by requesting a personalized Recon Report — identifying which assets on their perimeter an adversary would target first.
Randori is your trusted adversary. Designed by some of the best minds in offensive security, our automated attack platform mirrors today’s adversaries, helping defenders continuously identify gaps in their defenses, focus on what matters, and assess their real-world security. We empower defenders to prove to themselves and management that their organization’s most valuable assets are secure. Headquartered in Waltham, MA, with offices in Denver, CO, the company is backed by .406 Ventures, Accomplice, Harmony Partners, and Legion Capital.