Telos Blog Contributors

Tom Badders

Senior Product Manager

Tom Badders

Tom Badders

Senior Product Manager

Tom Badders is a Senior Product Manager at Telos Corporation, a leading provider of cyber, cloud and enterprise security solutions for the world’s most security-conscious organizations. Tom’s focus is on network capabilities to protect organizations and individuals from cyber threats. Tom has extensive knowledge and expertise in managed attribution, obfuscation, and encryption for cloud and premise-based networks. Leveraging over 40 years of experience in systems and network integration, Tom is an expert in secure wireless and mobility solutions, including the application of wireless technology to voice, video, and data operational environments. At Telos, Tom drives the strategy and direction for the company’s cloud-based managed attribution products and services business and, in turn, provides industry leadership for the development of obfuscation technologies to help eliminate attack surfaces targeted by cyber adversaries.

Tom is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Department of Defense Mobility Working Group. He holds multiple Product Management certifications.

Hugh Barrett

Chief Product Officer, Xacta

Hugh Barrett

Hugh Barrett

Chief Product Officer, Xacta

Hugh Barrett is chief product officer of Xacta for Telos Corporation. He is the chief architect and directs development efforts for the Xacta product suite. He has worked closely with commercial, federal, and international Telos customers for over fifteen years, dedicating much of this time to cyber risk management consulting and product development. He joined the company in 1999 and has also served as vice president of product development and technical solutions. Prior to joining Telos, he held the position of Sr. Product Manager for Information Builders in NYC. Mr. Barrett holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York College at Brockport. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP).

Lee Canterbury

Senior Vice President of Growth

Lee Canterbury

Lee Canterbury

Senior Vice President of Growth

Lee Canterbury is responsible for Telos corporate growth, including growth strategy, business development operations and support, and sales. He brings nearly four decades of experience successfully implementing business development strategies for commercial organizations serving the private and public sectors. Having led strategy and business development efforts across numerous federal government agencies, he holds a track record of funded contract awards valued at over $6 billion.

Prior to joining Telos in 2022, Lee served in executive positions at SAIC, General Dynamics IT, and other federal technology companies.

He is the founder of non-profit The Noble Group.

Lee holds two bachelor’s degrees from West Virginia University, and two master’s degrees in business management and engineering management from George Washington University. He has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Series.

Maj. Gen. Paul Capasso USAF (Ret.)

Vice President of Strategic Programs

Maj. Gen. Paul Capasso USAF (Ret.)

Maj. Gen. Paul Capasso USAF (Ret.)

Vice President of Strategic Programs

Maj. Gen. Paul Capasso joined Telos Corporation in 2012 as the company’s vice president, strategic programs, following a 30-year career in the Air Force. Maj. Gen. Capasso was commissioned upon graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1978 and embarked upon a career that covered all aspects of information technology and aerospace operations. His assignments included command, control, communications and computer (C4) leadership roles at United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) before completing his service in the office of the Air Force CIO and retiring in 2011.

Col. Stephen P. Corcoran USMC (Ret)

Chief of Cyber Strategy

Col. Stephen P. Corcoran USMC (Ret)

Col. Stephen P. Corcoran USMC (Ret)

Chief of Cyber Strategy

Col. Stephen P. Corcoran USMC (Ret) is the Chief of Cyber Strategy for Telos Corporation and the portfolio manager for the managed intelligence and cyber analytics practice. In this position, he assists the Department of Defense, Special Operations Community, the Intelligence Community and commercial institutions with innovative and advanced cyber capabilities. He is a co-inventor on a Telos Corporation patent for cyber intelligence analysis and visualization.

Prior to Telos, Col. Corcoran spent 28 years in the United States Marine Corps specializing in synchronizing operational, intelligence and information technology support in expeditionary environments. He was the first Marine to command the Joint Communications Support Element (Airborne), the Department of Defense’s premiere communications and information technology organization. Under his direction and command, the Joint Communications Support Element expanded into a global force provider and network provider with onsite forces in each of the Geographic Commands and United States Special Operations Command.

Throughout his career, he has commanded at every level, provided operational C4ISR support at every echelon of Marine Air Ground Task Forces and Special Operations Task Forces and he attended every level of service school earning academic honors. During his career he had assignments with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), 6th Marine Regiment, the 2nd Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Intelligence Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, 1st marine Air Wing and was an instructor at the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School. He holds a Master of Arts in Military Studies and a Master of Science in National Policy and Strategy. Col Corcoran has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Ribbon and other personal, unit and campaign awards.

Robert DuPree

Manager of Government Affairs

Robert DuPree

Robert DuPree

Manager of Government Affairs

Robert DuPree is manager of government affairs at Telos Corporation, a position he has held since 2008. He is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and reporting on legislative and political developments in the U.S. Congress and the executive branch that might impact Telos operations and future planning, particularly with respect to the federal budget, appropriations process, national defense and cybersecurity. He serves as a liaison for Telos Corporation with public officials at the congressional and state levels.

Prior to joining Telos, Robert worked in Washington, D.C., for over two decades, serving as legislative director for a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives and then as a government relations professional and senior executive with a national manufacturing trade association.

He also spent thirteen years as a local government official, serving on the Loudoun County (Va.) Planning Commission and the Loudoun County School Board, and was chosen by his peers to chair both bodies. Robert is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and has been a resident of Ashburn for over 25 years.

Ian Fagan

Chief Information Security Officer

Ian Fagan

Ian Fagan

Chief Information Security Officer

Ian Fagan currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Telos Corporation. In this role he is responsible for the company’s information and data security, including security operations, cyber risk management, security architecture, incident response, and overall security governance and much more.

Prior to Telos, Ian worked in the financial, healthcare, and educational industries. He is currently certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), ISO 27001 Certified Lead Implementer Professional (ISO27001CLIP), Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Registered Practitioner (CMMC RP), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Security+, Network+, and A+. Ian also holds a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Western Governors University.

Follow him on Twitter: @I_Fagan

Law Floyd

Director of Cloud Services

Law Floyd

Law Floyd

Director of Cloud Services

Law Floyd joined Telos in 2010, and currently serves as the director of cloud services. Prior to Telos, he served in the United States Air Force as a network engineer and project manager, where he received multiple promotions and awards. He is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect and AWS Certified Developer. A self-proclaimed nerd, Law began his IT career repairing computers and printers at the age of 14.

Justin Ford

Technical Director for Enterprise Solutions

Justin Ford

Justin Ford

Technical Director for Enterprise Solutions

Justin Ford is the technical director for enterprise solutions at Telos Corporation. He has many years of experience in secure software development, service oriented architectures, and information systems management. In addition to these, Justin has an interest in business intelligence and analytic solutions.

Justin is certified as an Oracle Certified Java Developer (OCJD) and Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP). He received his Masters of Science in Applied Computer Science from Frostburg State University. In his free time, he enjoys camping and hiking with his family.

Mac Funchess

Program Manager

Mac Funchess

Mac Funchess

Program Manager

Mac primarily works in the project management capacity and specializes in marketing support. He studied computer graphics in college and worked as a software engineer.

Lyndsey Hoffmann

Vice President Xacta and Cloud Solutions

Lyndsey Hoffmann

Lyndsey Hoffmann

Vice President Xacta and Cloud Solutions

Lyndsey Hoffmann is the Vice President of Xacta and Cloud Solutions at Telos Corporation, a leading provider of continuous security solutions and services for the world’s most security-conscious agencies and organizations. In her role, Lyndsey is focused on leading and optimizing Telos’ productized solutions to include Xacta Training, Xacta Concierge and Cloud Services across our public sector and commercial markets.

Focusing primarily on business operations and management, Lyndsey has over 16 years of experience working in cybersecurity and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Project Management Professional (PMP). She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences and Technology from the Pennsylvania State University.

Stephen Horvath

Senior Vice President of Xacta Solutions

Stephen Horvath

Stephen Horvath

Senior Vice President of Xacta Solutions

Joining Telos in 2006, Steve Horvath established a new model for providing professional services in support of the company’s Xacta risk management platform. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Xacta Solutions with a focus on the continued evolution of risk management and compliance automation. With over 25 years of practical experience in the information security domain, Steve is considered an expert in risk and compliance for information technology. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and maintains the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. 

David Kovach

Fomer Vice President of Strategic Capture

Dawn E. Lucini

Directory of Aviation Security

Dawn E. Lucini

Dawn E. Lucini

Directory of Aviation Security

Dawn Lucini is the director of aviation security. Former TSA branch chief, airport policy, for the Transportation Sector Network Management (TSNM) Commercial Aviation Division, Dawn offers a wealth of experience and industry relationships to augment the company’s burgeoning airport and airline security business.

Dawn is also the former airport security administrator for the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she was responsible for the airport’s security program, policies and procedures and oversaw the airport’s explosive detection canine unit and the badging and fingerprinting office.

Dawn began her aviation career at ACI-NA, rising to senior manager, regulatory affairs, responsible for assisting in the strategic development of ACI-NA’s policy on Public Safety & Security and Facilitation issues. Dawn worked with the newly created TSA on developing and implementing new security procedures and requirements for airports. In 2001, the U.S. Attorney General appointed Dawn to the congressionally mandated Data Management Improvement Act Task Force, charged with making recommendations to the U.S. Congress on methods to streamline use of technologies and procedures allowing for more efficient facilitation of travel, tourism, and commerce to the United States. Dawn was instrumental in coordinating activities with the organization’s Public Safety & Security and Facilitation Committees while acting as technical advisor on relevant ACI-NA legislative initiatives.

Michael McGehee

Project Manager Deputy

Michael McGehee

Michael McGehee

Project Manager Deputy

Michael McGehee joined Telos in May of 2020 and currently serves as Project Manager Deputy. Prior to Telos, he worked in Product and Program Management for over 15 years. Michael received his MBA with a focus in Information Technology Operations Management in 2012 and is an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. He has always had a love for technology and remembers what it was like to build computers that required soldering.

Bill Nystrom

Chief Technology Officer

Bill Nystrom

Bill Nystrom

Chief Technology Officer

Bill Nystrom is a highly accomplished technology leader and technical evangelist with a wealth of experience in driving innovation, delivering cyber security solutions, and advocating for the adoption of cutting- edge technologies. With a strong background in cyber security, network engineering, and IT integration, Bill has consistently demonstrated his ability to align technology with business objectives, enabling organizations to thrive in today’s digital landscape.

As a Chief Technology Officer at Telos Corporation, Bill leads the delivery of cyber security solutions, secure infrastructure, and integrated services to enterprise clients. His expertise in network engineering and cyber security enables him to develop innovative technical solutions with tangible integration strategies that deliver new operational capabilities while accelerating productivity growth.

Prior to his role at Telos Corporation, Bill held key leadership positions at renowned companies such as UiPath, Red Hat, and Symantec. He has also served in various technical and leadership roles in the United States Air Force. From being the Chief Technology Officer at HQ Air Combat Command (ACC) Cyberspace & Information Dominance to holding senior positions in network engineering and cyber security, he played a vital role in enhancing the Air Force’s technological capabilities and maintaining a competitive edge.

Bill holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University and is an Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) graduate. He also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Wayland Baptist University.

 

Chris Parker

Director, Strategic Alliances & Technical Partners

Chris Parker

Chris Parker

Director, Strategic Alliances & Technical Partners

Chris is the director of strategic alliances and technical partners at Telos. He has 20+ years of channel, partner, and sales experience with a specific background in embedded and integration partnerships and technology alliances. Prior to joining Telos, Chris worked for Fujitsu building strategic partnerships in the BPM, workflow, process improvement software markets, before taking a position working for a Fujitsu acquired startup leading all partnerships and sales operations.

Gianna Price

Xacta® Solutions Architect

Gianna Price

Gianna Price

Xacta® Solutions Architect

Gianna Price joined Telos in 2018 as an Xacta® solutions architect and serves as a cybersecurity subject matter expert. She is a skilled specialist with 17 years of experience – 15 of which she spent in Department of Defense information assurance and cybersecurity. Gianna works directly with customers, providing expertise in cybersecurity program development, the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) and their implications in operational environments.

Shawn Riley

Director of Cybersecurity Science

Shawn Riley

Shawn Riley

Director of Cybersecurity Science

Shawn Riley serves as the director of cybersecurity science for Telos Corporation, bringing over 30 years of extensive experience in information security. His journey began in the U.S. Navy’s Cryptology Community, where he honed his skills in information operations and assurance. Shawn has over 20 years of executing the cyber mission in customer environments within the defense and intelligence community. His deep expertise earned him the prestigious title of Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow, an accolade reserved for the top 0.1% of technical staff.

Since 2011, Shawn has been a pioneer in integrating explainable artificial intelligence into the cybersecurity landscape and driving integrated adaptive cyber defense in collaboration with government, industry, and academia. His innovations include the development of expert systems, hybrid AI models, and intelligent cyber digital twins. These contributions have revolutionized threat intelligence, risk assessments, and automated cyber defenses.

Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS)/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in his late 30s, Shawn offers a distinct, neurodiverse perspective to cybersecurity. This unique cognitive approach makes him particularly adept at identifying less obvious vulnerabilities and biases. His work ethos is underscored by his top 5 Gallup “CliftonStrengths”: Strategic, Achiever, Futuristic, Individualization, and Responsibility.

Shawn Riley is more than a cybersecurity scientist; he’s an internationally recognized visionary leader committed to both technological advancement and inclusivity in the digital world.

Josh Salmanson

Senior Vice President of Technology Solutions

Josh Salmanson

Josh Salmanson

Senior Vice President of Technology Solutions

As senior vice president of technology solutions, Josh Salmanson leads a team of software architects and engineers in driving system integration and innovation to shape, enable, and position Telos products and offerings. Josh has 30 years of experience as a senior cyber and information technology executive with a record of success leading technology and solutions for organizations serving commercial and government customers.

He has led multiple high-performance teams on large programs of record for leading systems integrators and aerospace and defense firms, and is recognized as one of the “2020 Top 25 Cyber Execs to Watch” by Washington Exec.

Prior to joining Telos in 2022, Josh held technical and leadership roles at multiple dot-coms, startups, consulting groups, and systems integrators including Lockheed Martin, Parsons, NCI, and ECS.

Josh has been a member of Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) Technical Advisory Board since 2021. He has been recognized as a certified “Qualified Technical Expert” by the Digital Directors Network as a “board room-ready” technology and cybersecurity expert. Josh is active in CyberPatriot and STEM outreach efforts.

Josh holds a master’s degree in information and telecommunications systems from Johns Hopkins University and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland.

Olive Santillan

Content Manager, Xacta

Olive Santillan

Olive Santillan

Content Manager, Xacta

Olive Santillan has worked in regulatory content since 2016. She leads the Xacta Content Development team and is responsible for the upkeep of regulation libraries used within Xacta 360. Olive is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Travis Stewart

Business Operations Manager

Travis Stewart

Travis Stewart

Business Operations Manager

Travis Stewart joined Telos in 2013, and currently serves as business operations manager overseeing inside sales and sales development for the company. He is an experienced sales and operations leader with demonstrated excellence in communication, leadership and people management skills. Travis graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Radford University.

Patrick Sullivan

Vice President—Xacta Solutions & Services, Telos Corporation

Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan

Vice President—Xacta Solutions & Services, Telos Corporation

Mr. Sullivan is Vice President—Xacta Solutions & Services, Telos Corporation which includes planning and deploying Software as a Service (SaaS) for Telos Xacta Suite in the cloud. He holds a MS, BS and AAS in Information Systems and over 21 years of experience in security policy, technical and management of information systems technology and security. His security and technology certifications includes CISSP, CEH, CHFI and Azure and AWS Cloud. He has held USAF positions as base ISSM, EMSEC, COMPUSEC and COMSEC Managers and USAF, NAVY, Intelligence Community C&A/A&A practitioner following FedRAMP, CNSSI 1253, DCID 6/3, RMF, DIACAP, DITSCAP. Mr. Sullivan is also part-time Faculty at Middle Georgia State University and member of their Center for Cybersecurity Education and Applied Research (CCEAR), member of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² Chapter Advisory Committee and Co-Founder and Past President, current Membership chair for the (ISC)² Middle Georgia Chapter.

Ryan Sydlik

Security Engineer

Ryan Sydlik

Ryan Sydlik

Security Engineer

Ryan Sydlik joined Telos in 2019, and serves as a security engineer. He has 10 years’ experience in information technology including cloud computing and cybersecurity in the government, healthcare and financial sectors.

Ryan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), AWS Certified Solutions Architect and is ITIL certified. He has a graduate degree from the University of Maryland and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Rick Tracy

Former Senior VP and Chief Security Officer

Rick Tracy

Rick Tracy

Former Senior VP and Chief Security Officer

Richard Tracy is the former senior vice president and chief security officer at Telos Corporation. He joined Telos in October 1986 and held a number of management positions within the company’s New Jersey operation. In February 1996, he was promoted to vice president of the Telos information security group and in this capacity established a formidable information security consulting practice. In February 2000, Rick was promoted to senior vice president for operations. Since that time, Rick  pioneered the development of innovative and highly scalable enterprise risk management technologies that have become industry-leading solutions within the federal government and the financial services verticals. He is the principal inventor listed on four patents and seven patents pending for Xacta IA Manager. He assumed the role of chief security officer in 2004.

Kayla Walters

Security and Compliance Analyst

Kayla Walters

Kayla Walters

Security and Compliance Analyst

Kayla Walters joined Telos in May 2019, and serves as a Security and Compliance Analyst. She is versed in NIST 800-171 and has been involved with the process of verifying internal compliance to those standards by analyzing and auditing procedures and policies. Kayla graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Project Management from Strayer University.

Phil Wheeler

Telos ACA Product Management Team

Phil Wheeler

Phil Wheeler

Telos ACA Product Management Team

Phil Wheeler assists with strategy and direction for the Telos Advanced Cyber Analytics threat intelligence offering, and, in turn, provides industry expertise toward the development of proactive and actionable threat intelligence to help mitigate risk from malicious actors. He has an extensive background in identifying threats and developing unique problem resolutions to ensure mission success. Phil comes from eight years of work within Naval Special Warfare in support of DoD, Special Operations, and the Intelligence Community requirements, giving him experience with executive level strategy, managing cross functional teams, risk mitigation, and navigating the complexities of large organizations. Phil is a participant in the DoD Skillbridge Transition Program.

James Williams

Vice President of Cloud Architecture

James Williams

James Williams

Vice President of Cloud Architecture

James Williams is Vice President of Cloud Architecture at Telos Corporation. James is focused on delivering cloud and hybrid solutions across public, commercial, and government cloud environments. He has over 22 years of experience designing, engineering, and deploying small to large-scale enterprise systems and network and security designs for organizations, including on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions.

James holds a Masters Degree in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in Information Assurance. James is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and holds a Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK).

Keith Wojciech

Director of Identity Services

Keith Wojciech

Keith Wojciech

Director of Identity Services

Keith Wojciech has over 20 years of experience as product manager, technical lead, network engineer, and systems and cybersecurity administrator. In these roles, Keith has designed, developed, implemented, and maintained multiple enterprise cloud-based and on-premise biometric (including state-of-the-art mobile touchless fingerprinting technology) and cryptographic cybersecurity and identity management solutions for numerous government and commercial entities worldwide including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Transportation Security Administration, the United States Census Bureau, and a large number of U.S. airports and aviation-related companies.

John B. Wood

CEO of Telos Corporation

John B. Wood

John B. Wood

CEO of Telos Corporation

As Telos CEO and chairman of the board, John Wood leads the company’s support of the world’s most security-conscious government and commercial organizations with a portfolio of security solutions and services in cyber, cloud, and enterprise security. During his tenure at Telos, John has diversified the company’s product portfolio and expanded its footprint to include commercial enterprises, the military, civilian and intelligence agencies, and allied nations around the world.

Over the course of his career, John has established himself as a trusted leader who brings together the private and public sectors to address critical cybersecurity issues. He is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity at industry and government events, and has testified at congressional committee hearings on cybersecurity. He was named a “Tech Titan” by Washingtonian magazine, and received the Committee on Economic Development’s “Leadership in the Nation’s Interest Award.”

An active member of the greater Washington, D.C. business community and a vocal champion of civic entrepreneurship, John was the founding chairman of the Loudoun County, Va., CEO Cabinet, and served for five years as chairman of Loudoun County’s Economic Development Commission. He currently serves on the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and is the former chairman of the Alliance for Digital Innovation, an independent voice calling for greater use of commercial innovation and emerging technologies throughout government.

Since 2012, John has served as the chairman of the board of directors for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a national organization that provides care and support for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. He also served for ten years on the board of directors of Project Rebirth, a nonprofit organization that serves veterans and first responders affected by tragic loss and celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit. In 2017, John accepted Trout Unlimited’s Corporate Conservation Partner designation on behalf of Telos for the company’s support of TU’s Veterans Service Partnership, a program that helps the veteran community find hope and healing through fly fishing and conservation.

John earned degrees in finance and computer science at Georgetown University.

Dan Zwart

Software Project Manager

Dan Zwart

Dan Zwart

Software Project Manager

Dan Zwart joined Telos in 2008, and serves as a project manager for the Xacta product suite. He has over twenty years of experience in business and technical analysis, software development, and project and program management spanning various industries and technical platforms. In addition to project management of the Xacta product suite, Dan leads the Business Analysis and Content Management teams.

Dan is a Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Messiah College in Grantham, PA.