About Us

About Active Countermeasures

Active Countermeasures is a group of like-minded geeks that believe in giving back to the security community. We do this through free training, thought leadership, and both open source and affordable commercial tools.

As a community, we have tools and techniques to help protect our networks (firewalls, AV, log review, etc.). We also have tools and processes to recover when a system is compromised (incident handling and forensics). What’s been missing is the bridge between the two; the ability to quickly identify that our protections have failed and recovery needs to be implemented. There are very few tools in this space and no open standards or attestation requirements. How do you validate that your network is free of intruders? This is the problem Active Countermeasures is focused on solving.

Leadership

John Strand
CEO

John is a published author, Senior SANS Instructor, the owner of Black Hills Information Security, and arguably the most recognized name in the threat hunting industry. He has also created some of the best open source threat hunting tools that are available. As a frequent webcast and Black Hat presenter, John has always been passionate about sharing his security skill set with the masses. His focus has been on empowering others to take the steps needed to secure their network.

Chris Brenton
COO

Chris has been a leader in the IT and security industry for over 20 years. He’s a published author of multiple security books and the primary author of the Cloud Security Alliance’s online training material. As a Fellow Instructor, Chris developed and delivered multiple courses for the SANS Institute. As an alumni of Y-Combinator, Chris has assisted multiple startups, helping them to improve their product security through continuous development and identifying their product market fit.

Paul Asadoorian
Partner

Paul is the host and producer of Enterprise Security Weekly, which has won multiple awards over its eleven years on air and is the most popular security podcast in the world. He’s grown this into a series of shows that specialize in different aspects of security. Paul is also a published author, presenter, organizer of multiple security events, and a leading researcher on embedded device security. Like John, his focus has been on sharing what he knows so that others can lock down their network.

Development Team

Operations

Programming

Design

Product Testing & QA

Customer Support

Ben LeBrun

Ben is studying Computer Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Bill Stearns

Bill provides Customer Support, Development, and Training for Active Countermeasures. He has authored numerous articles and tools for client use. Bill was the chief architect of one commercial and two open-source firewalls and is an active contributor to multiple projects in the Linux development effort. His spare time is spent coordinating and feeding a major anti-spam blacklist. Bill's articles and tools can be found in online journals at http://github.com/activecm/ and http://www.stearns.org.

Ethan Robish

Ethan has worked with Active Countermeasures since the beginning. Previously, he implemented defensive security solutions for the Exchange Online security team as a Microsoft intern. Ethan also competed on a programming team that placed 3rd in the International Collegiate Programming Competition Regionals, allowing them to compete in the ICPC World Finals.

Kali Regenold

Kali has her bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She's been a software developer for Active Countermeasures since 2016.
In her free time, Kali enjoys cooking, rock climbing, and building spider robots that freak people out.

Keith Chew

Keith describes his career at Active Countermeasures as his dream job. His passion for computing and computer languages started while working with his first personal computer in 1982, a TI-99/4A. Keith sees himself as fortunate for the opportunity to apply his passion towards a career that assists in the advance of technology. Beyond computing and electronics, Keith also enjoys anything with an engine, wheels or wings.

Lisa Woody

Lisa has a bachelor's in computer science from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Her interest in coding started in high school when she taught herself C++. She has been working for ACM since the very beginning in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, tabletop RPGs, and video games.

Logan Lembke

Logan is a second year computer science student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. His current interests are computer security, machine learning, and computer science education.

Naomi Kramer

Naomi is a senior at Dakota State University majoring in Computer Science.
She has been working in software development for three years and specializes in modern full-stack web development.
Her interests include oil painting, graphic design, Swedish ciders, paddleboarding, and adventuring with her two Siberian Huskies.

Samuel Carroll

Samuel attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology from 2011 until 2018 earning both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Computer Science. He started working at Active Countermeasures in the summer of 2017 as an intern and upon graduating he started working full-time. In addition to programming he enjoys wood-working, bicycling, reading, climbing and ignoring the Oxford Comma.

Growth Team

Project Management

Business Development

Content Marketing

Data Analytics

Growth Hackers

Jason Blanchard

Jason has been happily adopted into the hacker community even though he ``works in marketing.`` He’s had every dream job imaginable: teaching film making, owning the world’s most famous comic book store, and fostering the infosec community efforts for SANS. Now he humbly brings his particular set of skills to Active Countermeasures.

Kris Chew (K.C.)

Kris (K.C.) joined Active Countermeasures in April 2018. With her strong background in logistics, she has become the Inside Sales Manager. Her attention to detail and organization also landed her in a position to manage and organize events for the company. In her free time, K.C. is passionate about shark conservation and loves to spend time with her husband and their cats.

Rebecca Brenton

Rebecca is an accomplished professional with a proven history of building partner relationships and designing results-driven marketing programs that increase visibility and profitability in the competitive technology industry. Her career includes 25+ years as a partner and alliance program manager/strategist with a deep knowledge of IT networking and related technologies and real-world understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist in the current and emerging IT landscape.

Shelby Perry

Shelby has a strong background in Social Media Marketing and Event Management. Her interpersonal skills and passion for community building are what lead her to her position as Content & Community Manager at Active Countermeasures. When she’s not working, Shelby enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and four cats.

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