John Whetstone, a US Army veteran, has more than 14 years of experience in the information technology and cybersecurity industries. Possessing specialized knowledge related to next-generation battlefield communications, as well as vulnerability assessment and management systems, he also brings to the table experience in areas such as cloud architecture, network security, and enterprise wireless deployments. John holds certifications pertaining to cloud and network security.
Managing Director, Enterprise Architecture Research Group
Distinguished Research Director Jason Pappalexis has more than 17 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry, including roles with leading antivirus and cloud-based security vendors, and security practitioner in both the private sector and with the US government.
His research at NSS Labs has focused on SSL, perimeter security, endpoint antivirus, breach detection, and systems management. Recent papers include web based encryption; an adaptive approach to security; the need to evolve incident response; the challenges of securing data in the cloud; and the complexities of feature consolidation. Recent presentations include an advanced technical session at RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, California in 2015 and at the ISOI conference in San Francisco, California in 2016.
Jason graduated with a master’s degree and honors in mechanical engineering, with a focus on computational fluid dynamics. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Security Compliance Specialist (CSCS).
As a research analyst at NSS Labs, Will Fisher conducts primary research on various security technologies. He holds a PhD in experimental psychology from Baylor University and has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Will has published his research in numerous peer-reviewed journals and texts and has presented to dozens of global conferences.
Vice President of Security Test & Advisory
Vice President of Security Test & Advisory Mike Spanbauer, a recognized leader in security and infrastructure technologies, leads the analyst team in creating research that combines years of testing experience with quantitative analysis of the world’s leading security companies, products and markets. In addition to running the research organization, he also advises clients on how best to address today’s cybersecurity threats.
Prior to joining NSS, Mike was Service Director at Current Analysis, managing the Business Technology and Software group which monitored, analyzed, and advised on application platforms, collaboration platforms, data center technology, enterprise mobility technology, enterprise networking, enterprise security, and unified communications and contact centers. Previously, he spent nearly 15 years at Hewlett-Packard where he established and managed competitive intelligence programs networking hardware and in network management software.
Mike is well respected within the enterprise and carrier communities for his comprehensive insights into the domains and management of cloud, networking, cybersecurity and software-defined networking. He has spoken at multiple industry events as a subject matter expert.
Jayendra Pathak, Chief Architect, brings a wealth of expertise in malware, phishing, and exploit analysis. Jayendra and his team maintain a comprehensive database of threats prevalent in the wild and have built an automated live testing infrastructure that runs with minimal supervision. Along with NSS Labs Researcher Mohamed Saher, he also built an exploit-hunting tool — BaitNET — which gathers real-time intelligence on these exploits.
Prior to NSS Labs, he was a research assistant at University of Houston where he was pursuing his MS degree. A native of Nepal, Jayendra worked as a computer engineer for the government of Nepal for 4 years prior to coming to United States.
A true researcher, Jayendra's hobby is to scan the Internet for threats and try to determine how those threats affect users. He has a BE in computer engineering from Nepal Engineering College and an MS in Management Information System from University of Houston.
Distinguished Research Director
Distinguished Research Director Thomas Skybakmoen worked for Gartner for more than 5 years, most recently as a Senior Research Analyst, writing research for thousands of clients in the IT industry and often speaking at Gartner conferences with press and customers — from C-level executives to enterprise architects — about the IT challenges enterprises face today, particularly around PaaS and SaaS.
Prior to NSS Labs, Thomas served as VP of Marketing & Product Strategy for Thru LLC. He also holds a degree in marketing from Norwegian School of Management, with additional course work at the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley.