Hexnode Partner Summit

Apu Pavithran

Founder and CEO


Apu is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Hexnode, the Unified Endpoint Management solution helping customers from over 100 countries manage and secure endpoints from a central console. Apu is responsible for visualizing, formulating and implementing Hexnode’s vision to be the forefront of technology.

An entrepreneur to the core, Apu is a thought-leader and a strong advocate of governance and information security. When he is not thinking about making Hexnode even better, you can find him working on his culinary skills.

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Rachana Vijayan

CMO & Director of Sales, Marketing and Partnership


Rachana is the Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Sales, Marketing and Channel Partnerships at Hexnode. Apart from guiding and monitoring teams, Rachana is accomplished at driving marketing efforts with instinctive, thoughtful approach to conceptualizing, validating and executing marketing programs. Before joining Hexnode, she has held technical and leadership roles in Zoho and FCA. With a degree in Engineering and a master's in business administration, she is passionate about transforming businesses with the latest technology.

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Bijo Paulose John

Co-founder and COO


Bijo Paulose John is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Hexnode. As COO, he is responsible for driving business operations and maintaining operational results within the company. With his strategic and leadership vision, Bijo works in tandem with Apu to bring managerial, administrative and procedural reforms to Hexnode.

His ability to take calm control of turbulent situations and ensure his calmness resonates within his team is uncanny.

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Sahad M

Co-founder and CTO


Sahad is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Hexnode. He is an innovator, technologist and strategist all-in-one. He is responsible for establishing technology-centered strategies, across Hexnode and oversees a global team that is responsible to align dynamically changing business goals with optimal technical solutions.

When he’s not cracking the toughest codes; you can find him on the field perfecting his dribbling.


Rick Orloff

Former Strategic Advisor, Ex CSO

State of California, Apple

Rick has developed and led critical security programs at one of the largest Fortune 5 companies in the world, Apple Inc. Rick is an operationally-focused executive with international experience responsible for business results including governance, risk and compliance (GRC), cloud security, information security, product security, physical security, cyber investigations, and national security programs. He's also a Board Member or Board Advisor to several technology companies.

Rick’s visionary approach delivers solutions intended to ‘see around corners’ addressing tomorrow's risks and threats. This visionary approach produces meaningful and actionable results with a measurable return on investments. Bringing a multifaceted background and expertise, Rick aligns security with real business opportunities creating solutions that enable the business to achieve its goals and objectives.

Most large networks amass ‘technical debt’ as business needs adapt and change over the years. This often introduces risks in the technology stack that need to be mitigated while also strategizing for company growth. Rick views each step as an opportunity to reduce technical debt, assess the enterprise footprint, and increase actionable business results.,

Rick's experience includes business process improvement, structured problem-solving skills, operations leadership, and budget responsibility of $100M. Utilizing process and metrics orientation to build and lead high-performing teams delivering creative world-class solutions, Rick is characteristically described as analytical, decisive, and technical with strong strategic planning skills.

Accomplishments include designing solutions for root problems and blending technology and personnel to deliver the best possible return on investment. Results are delivered with fiscal responsibility, defined scope, and according to plan.

Rick is also a member of several Advisory Boards where he reviews and contributes to corporate, product, and market strategies.


Ulf Mattsson

Chief Security Strategist


Ulf is the Chief Security Strategist at Protegrity, previously Head of Innovation at TokenEx, Chief Technology Officer at Atlantic BT, and earlier CTO at Compliance Engineering. Ulf was the CTO and a founder of Protegrity Technology. He invented the Protegrity Vaultless Tokenization and created the initial architecture of Protegrity's security technology.

At Protegrity he serves as a catalyst for innovation with an active role in shaping the product roadmap and strategy. Ulf works in industry standards bodies, has an active role in forming strategic partnerships and alliances across the industry, and represents Protegrity at C-level meetings with customers and prospects. Prior to Protegrity, Ulf worked 20 years at IBM software development and research, in the areas of IT Architecture and Security.

He is the inventor of more than 70 awarded/issued US Patents and worked in joint software development projects with research and development teams at IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Sybase, Informix, Teradata, and RSA Security. Ulf also worked as a leader in companies providing Data Discovery Services, Cloud Application Security Brokers, Web Application Firewalls, Managed Security Service, Security Operation Center, and in Cybersecurity consulting.

Leading journals and professions magazines, including IEEE Xplore, ISACA Journal, ISSA Journal, and IBM Journals, published more than 100 of his in-depth professional articles and papers. Ulf frequently gives presentations at leading security and database conferences in the US, Europe, and ASIA.

Ulf received a master's degree in physics in engineering from Chalmers University of Technology.


Matthew Rosenquist


Eclipz Inc

Matthew Rosenquist is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Eclipz, the former Cybersecurity Strategist for Intel Corp, and benefits from over 30 diverse years in the fields of cyber, physical, and information security. Matthew specializes in security strategy, measuring value, developing best-practices for cost-effective capabilities, and establishing organizations that deliver optimal levels of cybersecurity, privacy, governance, ethics, and safety. As a CISO and cybersecurity strategist, he identifies emerging risks and opportunities to help organizations balance threats, costs, and usability factors to achieve an optimal level of security. Matthew is very active in the industry. He is an experienced keynote speaker, collaborates with industry partners to tackle pressing problems and has published acclaimed articles, white papers, blogs, and videos on a wide range of cybersecurity topics. Matthew is a member of multiple advisory boards and consults on best-practices and emerging risks to academic, business, and government audiences across the globe.


John Grim

Head of Research, Development and Innovation

Verizon Business

John Grim has over 19 years of experience leading investigations of data breaches and cybersecurity incidents within the government and civilian security sectors. Currently, as a Distinguished Architect, John leads the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center (VTRAC) Research, Development, and Innovation effort. In this role, John focuses on all aspects of cybersecurity incidents, performing digital forensic examinations, advising on data breach containment and eradication efforts, and creating response preparedness training and breach simulation exercises for customers worldwide. Prior to Verizon, John served 12 years with the U.S. Army as a Counterintelligence Special Agent investigating security incidents.


Jamie Lembeck

Global Channel Development Manager


Jamie Lembeck is an International Award-Winning Cybersecurity Speaker on Email Security, Identity & Access Management, Cybersecurity Awareness Training/Phishing Attacks, and Dark Web Data Mining.

As Trustifi's Global Channel Development Manager, he brings a comprehensive understanding of IT/security and how it interacts with human resources, corporate finance, sales & marketing strategic positioning, international business development, and product management. His breathe of experience allows him to go into any situation and provide advice to MSPs on plethora of ways to secure monthly reoccurring revenue through services like Trustifi's Email Security Solution. Jamie's experience is unique in the sense that he worked as an MSP, has advised over 3,000 MSPs globally on their security go-to-market plans, and has provided calculated and well-measured advice to governments, businesses, and individuals on cybersecurity challenges and exposures.

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Jamie is a believer of life-long learning and has several degrees. In his free time, he is the proud coach of his son's select soccer team and was recently named the 2020 Coach of the Year.


Dan Lohrmann

Chief Strategist & Chief Security Officer

Security Mentor, Inc.

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, Dan has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader. In 2017, Dan was awarded the cybersecurity breakthrough CISO of the year for global security products and services companies.

Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 – August 2014, including enterprise-wide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.

Dan currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor, Inc. Lohrmann is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governor’s Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and non-profit institutions.

Dan has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US / UK military facility.

Lohrmann is the author of two books - Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD For You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington D.C. to Moscow.

Lohrmann holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor's Degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Follow Dan on Twitter at: @govcso Dan’s award-winning blog: http://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/ CSO Magazine articles: http://www.csoonline.com/author/dan-lohrmann


Roger A Grimes

Data-Driven Defense Evangelist


Roger A. Grimes, CPA, CISSP, CEH, MCSE, CISA, CISM, CNE, is the author of 12 books and over 1100 national magazine articles on computer security, specializing in host security and preventing hacker and malware attacks. Roger is a frequent speaker at national computer security conferences and was the weekly security columnist at InfoWorld and CSO magazines between 2005 - 2019. He has worked at some of the world’s largest computer security companies, including, Foundstone, McAfee, and Microsoft. Roger is frequently interviewed and quoted in the media including Newsweek, CNN, NPR, and WSJ. His presentations are fast-paced and filled with useful facts and recommendation.


Dr. ir Johannes Drooghaag


Spearhead management

Founder and CEO of Spearhead Management, Executive Consultant, Business Coach and Trainer, Keynote Speaker, Author, and award-winning content creator for Cyber Security, Leadership and Agile Business Management.


With a background and promotions in Applied Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Operations Management, Dr. ir Johannes Drooghaag learned the tricks of the trade in leadership as a young officer. Leading by example gets a different dimension when you are literally out in the field, and these handson lessons continue to be the foundation of the work of Dr. ir Johannes Drooghaag.

Focusing on the optimal collaboration between human potential and technology, by developing the needed mindset and skill set in organizations, is the core of the consulting, coaching, and training portfolio.

This can be in Cyber Security, where the human factor has a significant higher impact than all the technology combined. Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 can only succeed when the organization is driving technology and transition. Agile and Agility require an organization that is ready and willing to adept, with the right mindset and skillset to accept challenges as they come.

Developing a sustainable society without technology appears impossible in our highly connected and technology driven world. That said, we must drastically improve the sustainability of design, production, and usage of technology. “Because we can” and “because it is possible” are not valid strategies for technology, because it is sustainable and contributes to a sustainable society are the only valid product and service strategies. By design!

After promoting in Applied Information Technology, the mother of Digital Transformation, and leading a fast-growing software company, it was clear to me that technology evolves significantly faster than we enable people. Since then, I focus on the Human Element in Digital Transformation and enable people and organizations to become Human Centric technology leaders.


Dr. Philippe De Ryck

Web Security Expert, Founder

Pragmatic Web Security

Philippe De Ryck helps developers protect companies through better web security. His Ph.D. in web security from KU Leuven lies at the basis of his exceptional knowledge of the security landscape. As the founder of Pragmatic Web Security, Philippe delivers security training and security consulting to companies worldwide. His online course platform allows anyone to learn complex security topics at their own pace. Philippe is a Google Developer Expert and an Auth0 Ambassador/Expert for his community contributions on the security of web applications and APIs.


Dr. Calvin Nobles

Senior Director, Cyber Support Operations

U.S Fleet cyber command

Dr. Nobles is a cybersecurity professional and human factors engineer that focuses on the intersectionality of cyber and human behavior with more than 25 years of experience. He is the Department Chair and Associate Professor for Information Technology and Management at Illinois Institute of Technology. Previously, he worked at Wells Fargo as a Vice President supporting Identity Access Management. He recently completed a Cybersecurity Policy Fellowship with the New America Think Tank in Washington, DC.

Dr Erdal Ozkaya

Chief Cybersecurity Strategist | CISO


Dr Erdal Ozkaya is known as a passionate, solutions-focused professional with a comprehensive global background within the information technology, information security, and cyber security fields.

He is committed to the delivery of accurate, accessible resources to inform individuals and organizations of cybersecurity and privacy matters in the internet age.

Dr Erdal is a collaborative team leader with the key areas of his expertise spanning end-to-end IT solutions, management, communications, and innovation.

In addition, he is a well-known public speaker, an award-winning technical expert, a book author, and writer of certifications (courseware and exams) for prestigious organizations such as Microsoft, EC Council, and other expert-level vendors. Some of his recent awards are:

2021: Best CISO for Banking and Financial Sector CIO Online & IDC : Top 50 Technology Leaders, Security Magazine Top CISO, Tycoon Success Magazine, Most Powerful 10 Middle East Businessman EC Council CEH Hall of Fame 2020: Khaleej Times "CISO Power List" , Cybersecurity Legend by GEC Media Group, "Super Hero CISO", by Enterprise IT Top CISO by Security ME Magazine 2019: CISO Mag " Hall of Fame" and Cybersecurity Influencer of the year , Microsoft Regional Director 2018 : NATO Center of Excellence Award 2017: Microsoft Platinum Club (employee of the year ), Security Professional of the year


Dr. Wendy Ng

Cloud Security Architect Lead


Wendy is OneWeb's Cloud Security Architect Lead and SME. She defined the strategy for Experian's global DevSecOps transformation initiative. With a background in infrastructure and cloud security, she is a thought leader with over 60 articles. Wendy honed her technical consulting skills from experiences in several industries, including aerospace, healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, transport logistics, and critical national infrastructure. She started her career as a technical consultant at Cisco, before experiences at PwC and Deloitte. A trained medical and data scientist, with practical experience in statistics, machine learning, and AI algorithms. Wendy completed her doctoral studies at the University of Oxford in medical genetics and has contributed to the scientific community through peer-reviewed publications.


Sami Laiho

Senior Technical Fellow, MVP


Sami Laiho is one of the world's leading professionals in the Windows OS and Security. Sami has been working with and teaching OS troubleshooting, management, and security since 2001. Sami's session was evaluated as the best session in TechEd North America, Europe and Australia in 2014, and Nordic Infrastructure Conference in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

At Ignite 2018 Sami's sessions were ranked as #1 and #2 out of 1708 sessions!! This was the first time in the history of the conference that anyone has been able to do this!

Sami is also an author at PluralSight and the conference chair of the TechMentor conference


Madhu Maganti

Cybersecurity Leader, Trusted Advisor

ABIP CPAs & Advisors

Madhu Maganti, CPA, CISA is a partner at ABIP, P.C. and has over 18 years’ experience in Cybersecurity and other IT advisory services including IT strategy and planning, business process improvement and IT compliance assessments, and more. Madhu leads the firm’s Cybersecurity & Technology Services group. Madhu’s experience is with mid to large size firms across a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, energy and finance.

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Aaron Krall


SaaS Visionaries

Aaron runs SaaS Growth Hacks the largest SaaS community in the world with over 24,000 members. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Natalie, his son, Arlo, and dog Penny. He enjoys reading horror movie synopsis on Wikipedia and leaving reviews on Google Maps. 

Aaron helps B2B SaaS companies increase their leads and demo conversions using his SaaS Growth Playbook™ model. He has personally worked with 100’s of SaaS companies across dozens of industries and has helped 1000’s more attract their dream customers and convert them to rabid fans. 

He has increased leads, demo conversions and ARR for clients like IBM, Reply.io, Freshworks, Brand24 and more. 


Bradley Chambers

Podcaster, Writer


Bradley Chambers is a prominent freelance writer and podcaster. He primarily contributes articles on popular news websites like 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, and Electrek. Apart from writing, Bradley serves as an IT Director at Brainerd Baptist School. As a Director of Information Technology, he oversees all technological processing, which includes wired and wireless network infrastructure, end user devices and printers. IoT, machine learning, and AI are his major areas of interests. At Brainerd, he is responsible for managing Apple devices with mobile device management integrations. When not indulged in his scholarly chores, Bradley enjoys following his favorite sports teams - Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons (football teams) and Atlanta Braves (baseball team).


Mishaal K

vCISO / Security Practice Lead


Mishaal has been breaking and – thankfully – rebuilding computers for as long as he can remember. As a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), CCIE R&S, Security Practitioner, and Certified Social Engineer Pentester, Khan offers insight into the often murky world of cybersecurity. Khan brings a multinational perspective to the business security posture, and he has consulted with SMBs, schools, government institutions, and global enterprises, seeking to spread awareness in security, privacy, and open source intelligence.


Chris Johnson

Technology Director

Mount Pleasant Community School District

Chris Johnson is a Cybersecurity Compliance Strategist and Director of Technology for Mount Pleasant Community School District. Chris is responsible for leading the Cybersecurity Leadership and ensuring that technology for students and staff are appropriate and well protected. As a former MSP that focused on SMB to Mid-Market clients who struggled with regulatory compliance it is a perfect fit.

A thought leader in his industry, Johnson is the Ex-Officio chairperson of the CompTIA Security Community and an active CompTIA Ambassador. In these roles, he champions the abilities of managed services providers seeking to develop a book of business that focuses on cybersecurity. His work focuses on the knowledge transfer that must occur for an MSP to transition to MSSP. This "group within a group of MSPs is a thriving community of practice because of Johnson's day-to-day involvement, his insights and support and his real-world experience earned in the trenches as he assists MSPs across the United States. Check out his podcast MSP 1337 if you would like hear some raw conversations about cybersecurity.

Specialties: Regulatory Compliance, Policy and Procedure management, EMR/PM and other Business line application Integration, small provider workflow strategies, branding and web identity, network architecture and security, emphasis on providing outsourced IT and Security services.


Chuck Davis

Senior Director of Cybersecurity


Chuck Davis is a cyber security veteran with more than 25 years of experience working in the cybersecurity field. Mr. Davis is a true technologist. He holds 7 US Patents, 3 Patents-Pending, and he has co-authored two books. He is an ISSA senior member and former board member and former ISSA chapter president.

He has held the positions of Senior Director of Cybersecurity, Executive Security Architect, Manager of Global Cyberdefense and Global Security Operations Manager at various companies. As a public speaker, Mr. Davis has presented at more than 100 conferences and events and been interviewed on TV, radio, print and online publications on the topic of cybersecurity for more than two decades and managed intrusion detection for the September 11th relief fund telethon (tributetoheroes.org). In addition to his work as a cyber security professional, Mr. Davis is an educator. He has taught undergraduate and graduate students at three universities and is currently working as an adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of Denver, teaching master’s degree courses in Ethical Hacking and Computer Forensics. He also manages a cybersecurity blog called, Between The Hacks. Most recently, Mr. Davis was recognized by Security magazine as one of the Top Cybersecurity Leaders for 2021.


Vern Olson

Senior Account Manager

Kyocera International

Vern is responsible for Enterprise Sales at Kyocera International, Inc. and brings years of experience from the Wireless Industry including companies such as Inseego, formerly known as Novatel Wireless.


He has been with Kyocera for over three years and offers broad knowledge in determining the Total Kyocera Mobility solution; a Kyocera rugged handset, combined with a mobile software application and complementary accessory addressing challenges faced by enterprise customers. He is also extensively versed in Channel Sales Execution, Channel Sales Management, and Multi-Channel Sales for enterprise customers.


Prior to Kyocera, Vern has over 28 years of combined experience from Technology Sales, Sales Management and Channel Sales and has also managed large Field Sales Teams supporting multiple Tier 1 Carriers, Big Box Retailers, and MVNO’s.


Barrie Kirk

Executive Director


Barrie Kirk, a well-known keynote speaker, broadcaster, and consultant on the subject of CAVs, is the Executive Director of CAVCOE (formerly the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence). He has worked in the technology industries in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S., including senior management positions in Ottawa-area companies. Barrie averages about 40 speaking engagements a year. He speaks at public and private conferences with a wide variety of audiences including smart cities, transportation, transit, technology, logistics, vehicle fleet operators, insurance, Internet of Things, real estate, municipal government, parking, police, unmanned systems, and heavy equipment.


He has been on numerous TV and radio programs, including multiple appearances on CBC TV’s The National, CTV’s live, nationwide morning show, and CBC Radio’s phonein program Ontario Today. He has done many other live interviews with Canadian, UK and US radio stations. Barrie has been interviewed about CAVs and has written on the subject for numerous print and on-line articles. Barrie’s op-ed pieces have been published by the Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizen.