About

Leadership

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About Defy

Experienced cybersecurity leaders focused on your success

With decades in the industry, our leadership, advisors and board bring all of their cybersecurity expertise to the table to add value to our clients, vendors, and partners.

company leadership
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Chris Scanlan

Chief Executive Officer

Chris brings extensive sales and executive experience to Defy from both a partner and OEM perspective. Over two decades, he’s built strong relationships with global enterprise customers and led global sales teams at Check Point Software, Blue Coat Systems, Optiv and Accuvant.

When he’s not spending time with his family in the mountains or at the beach, Chris most often can be found on the links—and occasionally on the soccer field.

“More and more companies are getting breached, even though spending on cybersecurity is at an all-time high. Something’s wrong. Companies need to overcome the status quo and prove that they aren’t the problem — they’re part of the solution. “
Justin Domachowski, Founder & President of Defy

Justin Domachowski

Founder & President

In founding Defy, Justin brings over a decade of experience, working with some of the world’s largest financial institutions and enterprise customers while building strong relationships within the CISO community. He led the way at Accuvant and Optiv as the top performer by helping clients strategize for the future, and support their teams’ initiatives. His total focus on customers’ success grew Defy into what it is today.

Justin’s four children and wife keep him happy and busy when he’s out of the office. He also spends time serving his community and volunteering.

“I love becoming an extension of our customers’ team and showing them the real value of trust, transparency and integrity. Doing the right thing for them is the true heart of what we do.”
David Roshak and his dogs

Andrew Sullivan

Chief Financial Officer

A seasoned veteran of accounting, finance and technology, Andy has worked with a number of information security companies over the last decade, driving growth and transformative change. His experience includes Optiv Security, where after serving as the VP of Finance for Accuvant, led the systems integration of Accuvant and Fishnet, later becoming the VP of Enterprise Applications for the combined companies. In addition to his full-time commercial endeavors, Andy served eleven years as an Affiliate Faculty Member for Regis University’s Graduate School.

Andy enjoys golfing, boating and fishing. He lives with his wife and Scottish Terriers in Bradenton, Florida. Most summers find Andy on a river in the west, enjoying the company of his adult children.

“Putting the customer first while providing unparalleled insight and expertise in navigating the complicated threat landscape and solution market is the value that Defy provides… Customers can trust the commitment and experience that defines this team…”
Jeremy Gilbert and his family

Jeremy Gilbert

SVP Operations

A Defy co-founder and 16-year veteran of the IT industry, Jeremy has substantial experience in internal operations, having held direct management roles in client operations and sales support at Optiv and Accuvant. He’s built the company’s operations department from the ground up.

Jeremy lives in his hometown of Buffalo, where he claims to love even the winters. When he’s not doting on his wife and young daughters, he’s usually watching live music or playing guitar.

“Defy is the best of both worlds for our clients. We have a boutique feel and a customer-first approach, combined with a wealth of expertise and experience behind us. That’s exactly what was needed in the marketplace.”
Jeremy Gilbert and his family

Russell Wurth

VP Marketing

Once told he is an “engineer with a personality”, Russell is passionate about Marketing and Enablement. He has over 10 years of executive experience in marketing and sales enablement at Showpad, Netskope, Cylance, and Optiv.  Prior to his experience in information security, he spent over 10 years in various cloud, information technology, and telecommunications companies.

Russell is active in Colorado with his wife and four children, enjoying making BBQ, basketball, skiing, and golfing. He also volunteers in his community, most frequently as a coach of various sports.

“Good marketing compliments sales to cut through the noise – making an impact to influence a decision that adds business value to customers. It has never been harder to be an information security professional, Defy Security strives to provide clear answers and insight that can inform and inspire.”
Advisors
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Courtney Harrison

CHRO for OneLogin and Principal of Medius Advisory Group, Courtney Harrison helps technology companies attract and develop top talent, and helps executives build People Strategies that align with business strategies.

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John Giacomini

A cybersecurity veteran, John Giacomini was most recently the Chief Revenue Officer of email security company Agari Data. He’s also held executive positions at endpoint security company Cylance, Forcepoint, and Bluecoat Systems (now Broadcom).

board members

Frank Young

Chairman

Michael Dougherty

Member

Chris Scanlan

CEO Defy Security

Justin Domachowski

President Defy Security

David Roshak

Vice Chairman

What it takes

We’re always looking for experienced and committed cybersecurity professionals who are driven to help clients and colleagues be their best. Are you ready to defy the status quo?

Why Defy?

The cybersecurity landscape is already crowded. Why create something new? Because we know that clients need more.