Our Team

CYRISMA at our core

At CYRISMA, we work as a family, learning to grow through each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It is important for us to understand the issues thoroughly by looking at every aspect through the eyes of each member of our team so that we can bring the best outcome for the client. We have an entrepreneurial culture to take that leap to bring something new but resourceful in solving problems.

Our Team

  • Liam Downward
    Liam Downward

    CEO / Co-Founder

    Liam started his Information Technology career in 1998 in Dublin, Ireland and since then he has not looked back. Each year brought new challenges and...Read More

    Liam Downward

    CEO / Co-Founder

    Liam started his Information Technology career in 1998 in Dublin, Ireland and since then he has not looked back. Each year brought new challenges and with this Liam’s passion of Information Security grew. In 2001 while living and working in the state of Hawaii the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii awarded Liam the honor of being one of the top 100 high-tech leaders in the state. In 2018, Liam saw that Cyber Security was becoming more complex and organizations would rather ignore risks as their budgets could not afford solutions to protect their data. Data Spotlite was born along with Co-Founders with Michael Hoag, and Vladimir Georgiev to bring simplicity and affordability back to Cyber Security.

  • Mike Hoag
    Mike Hoag

    COO / Co-Founder

    Michael started his career at Hewlett-Packard in the 1980’s as a customer service and network engineer. He has moved on to help startup organizations offer...Read More

    Mike Hoag

    COO / Co-Founder

    Michael started his career at Hewlett-Packard in the 1980’s as a customer service and network engineer. He has moved on to help startup organizations offer technology solutions for real world business issues. Organizations often struggle with business processes and mismanaged and costly workflows. With 30 years of experience restructuring operations using software automation and process development, Michael is able to offer realistic and productive technology strategies.

    Gaining experience and deep background running a support organization, experience as Chief Technology Officer, day to day Operations Management and Sales Engineering, he brings a unique depth of strategy, knowledge, experience, and team focus to any organization.

    As global networking has become ingrained in business processes, cyber risks have exploded exponentially. Michael sees Cyber Security as a critically important part of any business technology infrastructure and has helped form the Data Spotlite team with the goal of bringing Cyber Risk under control.

  • Vlad Georgiev
    Vlad Georgiev

    CTO / Co-Founder

    Vlad started his Software Engineering career in 1999 as a Computer Telephony software developer in Buffalo, NY. Since then, he has worked with big companies...Read More

    Vlad Georgiev

    CTO / Co-Founder

    Vlad started his Software Engineering career in 1999 as a Computer Telephony software developer in Buffalo, NY. Since then, he has worked with big companies like Intel and smaller companies and startups applying his broad knowledge and experience architecting and developing complex software solutions.

    Vlad’s main development concentration has been in the C/C++/C# world. He has also used other languages (Java, Objective-C, PHP) in projects for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. His versatility allows him to quickly immerse into any project and bring insight and value.

    After meeting Liam and Mike while working on a different project, Vlad understood the importance of cyber security in today’s connected world. After co-founding Data Spotlite, he has mainly worked on the core of the CYRISMA software product, making cyber security available to anyone who needs it.

  • Kunal Chakraborty
    Kunal Chakraborty

    Senior Developer

    Kunal is a techno enthusiast and a leader who leads by example. Over the last decade, he has worked in different software development technologies in...Read More

    Kunal Chakraborty

    Senior Developer

    Kunal is a techno enthusiast and a leader who leads by example. Over the last decade, he has worked in different software development technologies in various business domains. Kunal brings management experience with profound knowledge of web application development based on the Agile process.

    Kunal has the capability of being dynamic to be able to maximize performance with the digital web development channels to keep on point to meet goals. This is very much apparent as a key developer of the command center web application for CYRISMA.

    Kunal is a brilliant communicator and a team player who loves to share knowledge, his attitude creates an ambiance of shared learning. Kunal inspires people to aspire to achieve more which makes him an asset for Data Spotlite.

  • Mohammad Mohsin
    Mohammad Mohsin

    UI/UX Designer

    Mohsin started his career as a graphic designer and over the years has evolved himself as a UI/UX designer. With more than 10+ years of...Read More

    Mohammad Mohsin

    UI/UX Designer

    Mohsin started his career as a graphic designer and over the years has evolved himself as a UI/UX designer. With more than 10+ years of experience he excels in combining digital strategy, UX and Design in making things that people interact with.

    Mohsin gets to the heart of what UX design is all about: going through a process to solve a user problem. He doesn’t just show the finished product; he shares, in detail, all the methods and processes that got him there.

  • Brandon Barend
    Brandon Barend

    VP of Sales North America

    Brandon started his sales career over 15 years ago.  During that time, he has cultivated a successful approach to developing tailored sales methodologies and a...Read More

    Brandon Barend

    VP of Sales North America

    Brandon started his sales career over 15 years ago.  During that time, he has cultivated a successful approach to developing tailored sales methodologies and a passion for leading others to achieve at high levels. Brandon’s experience has developed in many arenas, including SaaS, Startups, Cyber Security, Information Technology, Contact Centers and BPO. His success is driven by his natural curiosity, empathy, team approach, adaptability, determination, and business acumen. Brandon is best known for building strong relationships with this teams and trust with leaders of Global Fortune 500 companies.

  • Richard Dluhy
    Richard Dluhy

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Richard is a seasoned executive responsible for sales strategy and for the development and implementation of strategic and tactical sales initiatives Direct and Channel Operations....Read More

    Richard Dluhy

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Richard is a seasoned executive responsible for sales strategy and for the development and implementation of strategic and tactical sales initiatives Direct and Channel Operations. Richard has successfully developed executive level relationships and is viewed as a trusted advisor on the topics of governance, risk, cybersecurity, and regulatory compliance. These include companies such as CitiGroup, JP Morgan, First Data, Cigna, MetLife, BCBS, Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, HBO, Staples, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, PWC and IBM. Prior to joining CYRISMA Richard held a number of sales leadership roles with Keane (NTT Data Company), Isogon, CA Technologies, Resolution 1 and RiskVision. At Isogon, a software asset management company, Richard was responsible for Global Sales for both Direct and Channel operations. He established a global partner program working with IBM for both a sell-to and sell-through model resulting in IBM Tivoli acquiring Isogon.

Advisory Board

  • Reg Harnish
    Reg Harnish

    Advisory Board

    CEO of Slingshot Cyberventures. Slingshot Cyberventures offers services that address many of the hurdles that early-stage companies encounter, including product and service direction, cybersecurity strategy,...Read More

    Reg Harnish

    Advisory Board

    CEO of Slingshot Cyberventures. Slingshot Cyberventures offers services that address many of the hurdles that early-stage companies encounter, including product and service direction, cybersecurity strategy, marketing and brand awareness, organizational development, financial management and more.

  • Mark Whitney
    Mark Whitney

    Advisory Board

    Information Security Officer of Visions Federal Credit Union. Visions Federal Credit Union is a nonprofit financial institution completely owned by its members. Established in 1966,...Read More

    Mark Whitney

    Advisory Board

    Information Security Officer of Visions Federal Credit Union. Visions Federal Credit Union is a nonprofit financial institution completely owned by its members. Established in 1966, Visions proudly serves over 200,000 members in communities throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Services include banking as well as auto, home, personal, and business loans.  

  • Michael Lyons
    Michael Lyons

    Advisory Board

    Global MSP/MSSP Sales Director. Building global Sales, Marketing and Sales Engineering teams for startup companies over 20+ years. Currently leading the global MSP/MSSP practice with...Read More

    Michael Lyons

    Advisory Board

    Global MSP/MSSP Sales Director. Building global Sales, Marketing and Sales Engineering teams for startup companies over 20+ years. Currently leading the global MSP/MSSP practice with Avanan, the leading email and collaboration security SaaS platform. Assisted in bringing several technology startups through acquisition and IPO.  

Investors

  • StartFast
    StartFast

    Investors

    At StartFast We Provide More Than Just Cash - We help founders solve their most pressing problems, build scalable businesses, and grow the company's value...Read More

    StartFast

    Investors

    At StartFast We Provide More Than Just Cash - We help founders solve their most pressing problems, build scalable businesses, and grow the company's value a fast as possible. We ONLY Make 5 Investments a Year - We work directly with the founders every day to provide customized solutions specific to your business. We'll also leverage our network to connect you with the right advisors. We Offer Continued Support - We're here for the full life-cycle of your company. New challenges arise post-funding like scaling your team, building out your tech, and ramping up marketing efforts.

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