Meet the security leadership team that makes us who we are.
Ed Adams is a software quality and security expert with over 20 years of experience in the field. He served as a member of the Security Innovation Board of Directors since its inception in 2002 and took over as CEO in 2003.
Before his work at Security Innovation, Ed held senior management positions at Rational Software, Lionbridge, Ipswitch, and MathSoft. He was also an engineer for the US Army and Foster-Miller earlier in his career.
Ed is a Ponemon Institute Research Fellow, Privacy by Design Ambassador by the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Forbes Technology Council Member, and recipient of SC Magazine’s Reboot Leadership Award for 2018 and 2019. He sits on the board of The International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (ICMCP) and is a BoSTEM Advisory Committee member.
Ed has presented to tens of thousands of security professionals at reputable industry events such as RSA Conference (the US and Asia), Ponemon Institute’s RIM Renaissance, Connected Security Expo, Mozilla’s Privacy Lab, Allstate CyberCon, Applied Materials Global Technology Conference, Insperity Security Conference, Levi Strauss Cybersecurity Conference, and others. He has contributed commentary for The Associated Press, CSO Magazine, Forbes.com, SC Magazine, Boston Globe, CIO Update, Wall Street Reporter, Cyber Defense Magazine, Investors Business Daily, and CFO Magazine. He also is the host of Ed TALKS, a monthly panel that debates risk-based approaches to securing software and its ecosystem.
Ed graduated from UMass Lowell with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and English Literature and earned his MBA with honors from Boston College.
Fun Fact: Ed is obsessed with The Princess Bride, horse racing, Boston Sports, and the color orange.
Emig brings strong financial, strategy, and management experience to Security Innovation, where he’s served on the company’s Board of Directors since 2008. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer for RobbinsKersten Direct, where he helped grow the company from $24M to $70M. Before that, Jeff was a Principal at Brook Venture Partners, serving as an active investor in growth-stage software companies. Before Brook, he was a founding team member at Tenor Networks, a firm focused on developing high-end optical networking equipment. While at Tenor, Jeff built the finance and operations groups and assisted in raising over $120M of Venture Capital through three rounds of financing. He started his career in various finance and operations roles in 3Com Corp.’s Switching Division.
A Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College graduate, Emig received his MBA after graduating from the University of Massachusetts in Finance and Operations Management. Jeff will continue to serve on Security Innovation’s Board of Directors.
With a background in security awareness, product management, marketing communications, and academia, Lisa leverages her vast experience to design and deliver comprehensive security-focused products and educational solutions for the company’s diverse client base.
Lisa’s primary role at Security Innovation is to work with customers, prospects, and industry experts to ensure we are creating innovative and holistic products and programs that address the various needs of today’s global workforce. Lisa spearheaded the company’s Security Awareness 365 program, an innovative mix of computer-based training, multimedia assets, and programmatic tools that helped place Security Innovation as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Security Awareness for three years in a row. In addition to managing internal training programs and product lines, Lisa provides strategic counsel and support to the company’s clients, helping them optimize their program methods, metrics gathering, messaging, and execution.
Before joining Security Innovation, Lisa served as Vice President of Educational Services at Safelight Security. Lisa was responsible for managing subject matter experts and instructors in the creation of Safelight courseware. In this role, Lisa worked with internal teams and a global customer base to create dynamic, interactive learning solutions. Lisa also led the marketing team, working to promote and perpetuate the Safelight brand worldwide.
Lisa is the Marketing, Social Media, and PR Lead for Women in Security and Privacy (WISP). She also holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from Boston College.
Leveraging a versatile career in cybersecurity that spans two decades, Aditya is responsible for Security Innovation’s Asia Pacific and Middle East business. This includes developing and marketing solutions to meet emerging market needs and the successful delivery to clients.
Aditya’s interest in security began at Florida Tech where he researched model-based and state-based testing, fault-injection, and fuzzing techniques as part of his Bachelor’s degree. He joined Security Innovation in 2003 where he worked as a software developer, security instructor/lecturer, and penetration tester. In 2010, he returned to India to found and operate Redfort InfoSec, which was later acquired by Security Innovation in 2015.
Aditya has a B.S. in Software Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, has presented at many conferences and corporate workshops, and lectured at universities.
His latest obsession is with cybersecurity risk management.
Fun fact: Ady’s fascination with apocalyptical themes only came to light when his better half noticed a pattern in his preference of movies, books, and art.
Since 2012, Sandra has led product development and support efforts and helped vault Security Innovation to the pinnacle of the DevSecOps training world. Leveraging her deep experience in teaching, statistical analysis, and customer relationship management, Sandra ensures the company’s flagship e-Knowledge solutions meet the highest standards for quality and relevancy that our clients demand.
Before joining Security Innovation, Sandra served as Head of Customer Relationship Management for EMEA at Mergermarket, part of the Financial Times Group. Sandra was responsible for managing a team of 24 Customer Relationship Executives supporting the regions 1,500 clients. She has also held research and management positions at Dealogic, Institute Piaget, and Polytechnic Institute of Setubal.
Sandra holds a B.A. and a Post-Graduation in Statistics and Information Analysis from the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Fun fact: Drawing for her little girl helped Sandra uncover a previously unknown talent for painting and drawing, a passion she now pursues whenever she has a spare moment.
Fueled by his passion for practices that make the software more secure, Zak leads the company’s Security Services organization to deliver world-class security assessments for Amazon, Microsoft, and other notable brands. He has extensive experience in software development, application penetration testing, and IT security.
As an avid participant in the secure software development lifecycle (SDLC) space, Zak has performed research on security maturity models such as BSIMM as well as contributing to the OpenSAMM benchmarking initiative. Zak is also passionate about information security mentorship. He is a guest lecturer for the University of Washington and revamped the company’s internship program to increase opportunities for novice security engineers. Before joining Security Innovation, Zak worked at Leviathan, Microsoft, and Raytheon in a variety of security and engineering roles.
Zak earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in Security Informatics from Johns Hopkins University. He has also completed Ph.D. coursework at the University of Washington.
Fun Fact: Zak has owned over 100 cats in his life. He currently only has three long-haired cats, and yes, is constantly cleaning up fur.