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.
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.”
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…”
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.”
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 board members
President Defy Security
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?
The cybersecurity landscape is already crowded. Why create something new? Because we know that clients need more.