VeriClouds Management Team and Advisory Board
VeriClouds is a credential verification services company that helps organizations detect compromised credentials before hackers do - using the same data attackers do - by proactively monitoring the dark web and systematically reducing user-centric risk. We eliminate the biggest cause of massive data breaches - the weak and/or stolen password. VeriClouds was founded in 2014 by Rui Wang, a former security researcher at Microsoft with a Ph.D. in cybersecurity, and Stan Bounev, a successful entrepreneur with over 19 years of corporate and startup experience in the financial services and technology industries. VeriClouds has built one of the largest commercially available databases of breached data from the dark web and diverse data sources using privacy-preserving principles and strong encryption.
Stan brings to VeriClouds Stan brings to the team over 19 years of product management and business development expertise in the financial services and technology industries, and a passion for cybersecurity and identity and access management.
Stan is supporting complex implementations of VeriClouds’ largest customers, removing roadblocks and identifying new product features to satisfy customer use cases. He is also responsible for Product Management, Business Development and Operations.
Prior to co-founding VeriClouds, Stan spent 8 years at Microsoft driving the product planning and product management of key capabilities and security features of Outlook.com and Windows Client.
Michael Ridpath is the VP of Information Security at VeriClouds. In this position, Michael conducts a thorough evaluation of VeriClouds security needs to design and develop an information security program roadmap to align and scale with company growth. He does advanced open source intelligence (OSINT) investigative research on the surface, deep, and dark web to identify indicators of nefarious activity targeting customer landscape and ecosystems (including identifying credentials leaks and marketplaces for compromised credentials).
Michael is bringing to VeriClouds over 15 years of experience in enterprise data security, penetration testing and information technology.
Prior to VeriClouds, Michael served as a Security Technical Program Manager at Amazon, where he led in-building programs around payment security, PCI, penetration testing and running one of the world’s largest vulnerability management programs. Before this he was a security consultant at IOActive where he worked with their platinum-level clients on network and application penetration tests, social engineering and physical security audits, PCI compliance and general consulting engagements.
An authority in the cybersecurity field, Rui has published over a dozen research papers, received a Best Practical Paper Award and a PET Award for Outstanding Research, been a major contributor on five patents, and has had his research results reported by CNN, CNET, Forbes, and MSNBC, among others. Rui has identified vulnerabilities on the programs of myriad tech giants, such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Dropbox, PayPal, and Yahoo.
Rui conducts deep research to detect - and develop mitigations for - the latest threats and attack vectors in the cloud and mobile security.
Prior to co-founding VeriClouds, Rui obtained his Ph.D. in Information Technology from Indiana University and honed his security research skills for several years at Microsoft.
Amit Mital is a senior executive in the Technology industry and a recognized leader in disruptive innovation. He is currently the founder and CEO of Kernel Labs, an incubator that is creating startups in the Machine Learning and Big Data space.
His prior role was EVP/GM and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Symantec Corporation, the worldwide leader in Cyber Security. In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Amit Mital was responsible for driving the company's technology strategy with a focus on accelerating innovation, product development and R&D. Amit was also the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Emerging Endpoints Business that included Mobile and IoT.
Amit joined Symantec after 20 years with Microsoft, most recently as the corporate vice president for the Startup Business Group, where he was responsible for managing strategic product development along with identifying and executing new innovation opportunities. He holds 43 patents, and is an innovator in several technologies including machine learning, big data and high-scale web and cloud services.
Amit holds a M.S. in Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Chris is currently a Senior Identity Engineer for RSA Security with over 20 years of extensive experience in cybersecurity as a strategist, consultant, evangelist, speaker, writer, and hands-on technologist for the US Government, the Fortune 500, and large international companies all over the world.
Chris brings passion, unique insights, and a nuanced and intuitive blend of communicative, collaborative, marketing, and hands-on technology skills to the table wherever he is engaged and is adept at presenting to, architecting and advising businesses on securing and mitigating risk in their organizations in a way that provides business value.
Chris has a BS in Computer Science from Harding University.
Pritam is a Managing Director of a Security Advisory company with responsibility for security program management, client delivery and success, and practice development. He recently played a role as Security Strategy Advisor to executives of 10 Global 2000 organizations helping them develop and mature their security organization in areas like Security Strategy, Governance, Risk, Compliance Management, Data Security, Security Analytics, Policies & Standards, Remediation Management, Security Awareness, and Merger & Acquisition.
Pritam served as security strategist for 30+ Global 2000 organizations in numerous industry verticals on multi-dimensional projects, managing and leading up to 50 individuals across many projects.
Pritam completed Masters in Computer Science from the Fresno State (California) and Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Bombay University. He holds Management and Leadership certificate from MIT Sloan Business School.
John is the Head of Security at Malwarebytes. He has over 25 years of experience in the security and identity industries in different leadership roles at companies such as NetApp, Veracode, Illumio and many others.
John is actively supporting the technology community. He is the past president and director at large of the ISSA Silicon Valley Chapter and has been contributing to the organization for the last 13 years.