CYR3CON started with a simple premise – what if, rather than playing catch up, we could predict where the next attack might occur? This deceptively simple idea is now supported with multiple patents, new algorithms that live up to the AI hype and a dedicated and determined team that make it all happen.
Paulo Shakarian, Ph.D. is CEO and Co-Founder of Cyber Reconnaissance, Inc., (CYR3CON) which specializes in combining artificial intelligence with information mined from malicious hacker communities to avoid cyberattacks. He has led research efforts funded by IARPA, DARPA, ONR, AFOSR, and ARO. Shakarian was named a “KDD Rising Star,” received the Air Force Young Investigator award, received multiple “best paper” awards and has been featured in major news media outlets such as CNN and The Economist. Paulo was a field grade officer in the U.S. Army where he served two combat tours in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor. He also previously worked as a DARPA Military Fellow and as an Assistant Professor at West Point in addition to a faculty position at Arizona Sate University. Paulo holds a BS from West Point and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jana Shakarian is CTO and Co-Founder of CYR3CON. Jana is a sociologist and anthropologist specializing in the behavior of hacking groups. She has co-authored several books, Elsevier’s Introduction to Cyber-Warfare and Springer’s Computational Analysis of Terrorist Groups: Lashkar-e-Taiba and Cambridge’s Darkweb Cyber Threat Intelligence Mining. Prior to CYR3CON, she worked as a Research Scientist at Arizona State University where she was Co-PI for major grants from the IARPA (U.S. Intelligence Community) and the U.S. Navy during which she led engineering and analytical teams focused on gathering and understanding malicious hacker communities. Earlier she worked as a staff social scientist for the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) where she worked on major projects funded by the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin – leading a team focused on data collection. She has also previously worked as a consultant for the West Point Network Science Center and as a researcher for the Kriminalwissenschaftliches Institut des BKA (the German equivalent to the FBI), where she worked on research dealing with human trafficking and right wing extremism. She holds a M.A. in Sociology and Cultural and Social Anthropology from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.
Gregory McNulty is CYR3CON's President and based in Silicon Valley, California. As President, McNulty is responsible for driving the company’s operation and partnerships between leading-edge technology companies, direct commercial enterprise users and government agencies. McNulty brings more than 25 years of experience in high technology markets including cyber security, mobile, wireless, security, telecommunications, defense, embedded software and communication systems. His long-standing track record includes co-founding two Silicon Valley VC start-up companies, turning around companies to profitability and significantly increasing market value to shareholders. Prior to joining Cyber Reconnaissance, McNulty was Senior Vice President and General Manager of InfoSec Global, a company focus on encryption technology. Mr. McNulty was previously of Vice President of Sales for DB Networks and Vice President of Federal Systems at Mocana. Previous to Mocana, he was VP of WW Sales at HiFn a leader in data security where he ran a $40M million business through its acquisition by Exar Inc. In 2000 through 2005 Mr. McNulty was CEO and founder of Cranite Systems, a leader in security software for wireless networks for various Federal Agencies and Systems Integrators, and successfully closed over $27M in venture funding in three rounds of financing under extreme market conditions. Mr. McNulty also held senior executive level positions at Microsoft, Wind River Systems and ROLM Corporation. McNulty received his BS Degree from Santa Clara University and attended University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Systems Management. He is also a current member of the Board of Fellows at Santa Clara University and is a guest lecturer at Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of California, Berkeley.
Francis Najafi is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pivotal Group, a forty-year-old investment firm with experience in private equity, growth ventures and real estate investments. Mr. Najafi serves as a Board Member of several private companies. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Quincy Institute, active in the World’s President’s Organization (WPO) and Chief Executive’s Organization (CEO). Locally, Mr. Najafi serves, on the Board of Directors of Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, is a Cabinet Member of the President’s Club at Arizona State University, a Board Member Emeritus and Capital Campaign Chair of Arizona Science Center, and serves on ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council. Mr. Najafi completed his B.S. degree in engineering followed by two Masters Degrees from Thunderbird – The School of Global Management, and the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, he began his entrepreneurial activities while a PhD candidate in International Political Economy. Mr. Najafi has received several honors including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the NCCJ Humanitarian Award, Thunderbird Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement as an Entrepreneur, and was honored as a Thunderbird Global Leader with the unveiling of the Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mr. Najafi is also a patron on numerous cultural and civic organizations.
Dieter Kraft is a Director on CYR3CON's board of directors. He is the Managing Director of TRUMPF Venture GmbH, combines many years of experience in venture capital and business excellence. His criteria for the joint success of TRUMPF and its portfolio companies lies in strategy development and implementation. He was previously a partner at Robert Bosch Venture Capital for 9 years, being responsible for all search fields in Europe and worldwide for healthcare as well as building up system development in the electric mobility field. Dieter holds a doctorate in physics at the University of Frankfurt. He holds also several memberships in national and international associations.
William P. Crowell is a senior member of CYR3CON's advisory board. Crowell brings a great breadth and depth of experience - previously leading firms like Cylink Corporation and serving as the Deputy Director of the NSA. Currently, he is a Partner at Alsop Louie Partners, a San Francisco Venture Capital company. He is also an Independent Consultant specializing in Information Technology, Security and Intelligence Systems. Until its acquisition by Cisco in June 2007, he was Chairman of Broadware Technologies, a video surveillance software company. He was also a director at ArcSight, Inc. (ARST), which was acquired by HP in October 2010; Narus, Inc. which was acquired by Boeing in July 2010; Six3 Systems which was acquired by CACI in November 2013, Air Patrol, wireless network security company acquired by Sysorex in May 2014, and Fixmo, Inc., a mobile device security company acquired by Good Technologies in June 2014. He was also a director at SafeNet, Inc., encryption, data protection and authentication solutions, which was acquired by Gemalto in January 2015. He also served as a Director on the boards of Centripetal Technologies, Proximex, the DRS-Finmeccanica SSA board and the SAP NS2 Proxy board. Crowell served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Santa Clara, California-based Cylink Corporation, a public company and leading provider of e-business security solutions from November 1998 to February 2003, when Cylink was acquired by SafeNet, Inc. Crowell came to Cylink from the National Security Agency, where he held a series of senior positions in operations, analysis, strategic planning, research and development, and finance. He served as Deputy Director of Operations from 1991 to 1994 running its core signals intelligence mission. In February 1994 he was appointed by President Clinton as the Deputy Director of NSA and served in that post until his retirement in September 1997. From 1989 to 1990, Crowell served as a vice president at Atlantic Aerospace Electronics Corporation, later acquired by Titan Corp, leading business development in space technology, signal processing and intelligence systems. In April 1999, Crowell was appointed to the President’s Export Council (PEC), which advised the administration on trade and export policy. After 9/11 he served on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, which published three landmark studies on Homeland Security and information sharing. He has also served on numerous panels to investigate and improve military command and control, intelligence and security systems and served as Chairman of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Senior Advisory Group from 2007 through 2014. He also served on the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Board. Crowell is an expert on network and information security issues. In December 2008 Security Magazine selected him as one of the 25 most influential people in the security industry. In May 2007 he co-authored the book, “Physical and Logical Security Convergence,” published by Elsevier. He has been quoted in many trade and business publications including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Information Week, Network World, Computer World, Federal Computer Week, CIO Magazine and the San Jose Mercury News. Crowell has also appeared on CBS MarketWatch, CNET News, CNBC, and The Charlie Rose Show. He was the technical advisor to the TV series, “Threat Matrix” during its run on ABC in the 2003 season.
Ever since graduating from Stanford University engineering school, Mr. Moazami has been engaged in the technology industry for the past 30+ years; predominantly in operating roles and the last seven years as a professional venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Moazami was an entrepreneur as the founder/CEO of Stanford Business Systems (SBS) for 7.5 years before being acquired by KSA/Accenture, where he became a sr. partner there and ran the global e-business practice until recruited to Cisco in late 90’s. The first 8 years of 12 at Cisco, he was in the leadership of Cisco’s strategic consulting group, called Internet Business Solutions Group, where he engaged at the CxO level of top global corporations and government entities assisting them in their journey to become connected, digital and agile enterprises. At various times he had global responsibility for Retail, Consumer Products, Transportation/Logistics and Public Sector verticals.
During the last 4 years of his Cisco career Mr. Moazami moved to London to join the leadership team of Emerging Markets looking after 132 countries with a $6 Bil P&L which during his tenure was the fastest growing part of Cisco. A key pillar of Cisco strategy in approaching these markets was "country transformation"; presenting broadband as the 4th utility (after water, electricity and roads) necessary to drive competitiveness and standard of living. In this capacity he would engage with the state and all the key industries driving this transformation.
Upon departure from Cisco in 2012 Mr. Moazami raised $300 Mil at CNTP to start a new venture capital investment firm in Silicon Valley. At CNTP he did several investments in the security, cyber security, big data analytics and enterprise SaaS application domains. Some of Mr. Moazami’s portfolio companies have exited to Microsoft, vMware, Yahoo , Roche, Vista (PE firm) and IPOs.
Last but not least, for 5+ years Mr. Moazami served on the board of a telecommunications company, Global Capacity. At Global Capacity he helped oversee a complete turnaround of the business, a $150 mil+ acquisition and the ultimate exit of the company to GTT in 2017. Mr. Moazami has been a frequent speaker on CNBC, Bloomberg, World Economic Forum and Financial Times.
Moriah Hara was named by Cybercrime Magazine in 2019 as one of the top 100 Fascinating Women Fighting Cyber, and has been a 3x CISO at Fortune 500 companies such as Wells Fargo Capital Markets. She has also beenrecognized as ISE Northeast CISO Executive of the Year. Currently, Moriah is currently providing CISO advisory services to various businesses in the hedge fund, banking, health insurance and startup space on behalf of Vigilance Security.
Over her career, she has overseen multiple headline grabbing public and private incidents that led to significant financial losses. She joined the Cyr3con board because she believes the product addresses a key gap in the current vulnerability prioritization market that could have prevented significant breaches at various organizations.
Moriah is a graduate of Harvard University's Executive Cyber Security Program and thought leader at security forums including Bloomberg Publications, FINRA and various broker dealer’s security investment calls. She also is an advisory board member for YL Ventures and Glilot Capital Partners where she advises on security investments and mentors early stage security startups.
Moriah is committed to bringing more diversity in to the market through sponsorship of the “Year Up” program which helps place minorities and young adults from urban areas into cybersecurity careers. She also is a cybersecurity leader for the Girl Scouts of America where she delivers courses to help young girls earn badges in this domain.