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EXECUTIVE TEAM

 
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JASON BRVENIK

CHIEF Executive OFFICER

Jason Brvenik is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NSS Labs. He joined the company in January 2017 and previously served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

As CEO Jason leads a talented team with a focus on growing the testing programs and cyber threat technologies to address the many gaps that exist in security today. As CTO, he drove the company’s strategies to improve the overall state of security for the industry, its independent third-party testing model, and its ongoing efforts to bring out “truth in security” for buyers when evaluating vendors.

Prior to NSS Labs, Jason served as Principal Engineer in the Office of the Chief Security Architect at Cisco, a role he assumed after the $2.7 billion acquisition of Sourcefire in 2013. During his 11-year tenure at Sourcefire, Brvenik served as a Fellow and Vice President of Security Strategy. He also served as Sourcefire’s principal technologist, where he was instrumental in ensuring that technical solutions could scale to meet customers’ security requirements.

Jason is a recognized security leader and has been featured in leading publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, Network World, Information Security Magazine, and many other technical trade and business publications. He is a frequent speaker at industry events such as the RSA Conference, as well as many government and industry conferences where he has been instrumental in helping the industry more broadly adopt effective security strategies.


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VIKRAM PHATAK

Founder

Vikram Phatak is Founder of NSS Labs. He was CEO from 2007-2019 and has played an instrumental role in establishing NSS Labs as a trusted source for independent, fact-based guidance in the cybersecurity industry. Vikram is a board director and remains on the executive team. He brings a deep knowledge of the industry and is focused on new innovations for the company.

Prior to NSS Labs, he founded and led several Internet and cybersecurity companies including Lucid Security and Intermedia Sciences Group, one of the first internet service providers and security consulting firms in the U.S.  One of the industry's foremost thought leaders, Vikram has been featured in numerous business and technology publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CSO Magazine, Cyberscoop, Dark Reading, eWeek, SC Magazine, ZDNet and many others.


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SUSAN BOLLINGER

Chief of Staff and Vp OF HUMAN RESOURCES

As Chief of Staff and Vice President of Human Resources at NSS Labs, Susan Bollinger is responsible for leading all aspects of human resources strategy, including organizational development, talent management, recruitment and staffing, performance management, employee relations, and compensation and benefits.

Susan has a wealth of experience leading teams and programs in fast-paced, dynamic environments. She has HR leadership experience in organizations of all sizes, from small businesses to Fortune 10 companies, including Hewlett Packard, Applied Materials, and Certain Affinity.

Susan holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Indiana University and has extensive training in organizational effectiveness, human resources, and business administration.


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MIKE SPANBAUER

VICE PRESIDENT OF RESEARCH STRATEGY

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 company's 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 and as a Track Chair.


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LISA OWEN

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Lisa Owen serves as Vice President of Operations, bringing over 15 years of program management and operational strategic planning experience. She is responsible for all aspects of operational function within NSS Labs including Test and Technical Services.

Lisa has held senior level management positions at Deloitte, IBM, and Aon Hewitt, with a focus on process improvement, relationship building, and strategic planning and execution.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin.


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CATHY MAIN

VP OF MARKETING AND CORPORATE RELATIONS

Cathy Main leads strategic relations, corporate communications, marketing, brand strategy, and thought leadership initiatives for the company.

Cathy is an accomplished executive with over 20 years experience in strategic business development, public relations, marketing, and management. Prior to joining NSS, she was Vice President Marketing for Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, where she was responsible for developing and executing brand development, corporate media relations, advertising campaigns, digital media, and events worldwide.