Know where you’re truly vulnerable
Cybersecurity is essential, because the threats are real — and growing. Malicious actors, ranging from individual hackers to established governments, regularly attempt to penetrate public and private infrastructure. They’re often successful. The complexity of modern systems, with all of their cyber, physical, and human components, usually presents many avenues of attack, some of which will be much more damaging than others.
Achilles Heel Technologies was founded to provide a uniquely powerful and effective cybersecurity solution. Based on cutting-edge research, Achilles Heel enables government and commercial customers to model their complex systems, see where they’re vulnerable, and understand which successful attacks would be most damaging. Forewarned is forearmed, allowing much more effective defense and elimination of the serious vulnerabilities.
Sean is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, where he heads the Information and Decision Algorithms Laboratories (IDeA Labs). Sean received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2003 and his S.M. in Computer Science in 1996, each from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.S.E. from Arizona State University in 1993. He attended ASU on scholarship from the Flinn Foundation, graduated summa cum laude, and was named the Outstanding Graduate of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He has also held visiting positions from Cambridge University (2006), the University of Maryland at College Park (2008), and the University of Luxembourg's Centre for Systems Biomedicine (2014). Sean was named the Distinguished Visiting Professor by the National Security Agency three years in a row, 2008-2010, for his work with their Summer Program for Operations Research Technology, and he has consulted with various other companies.
Sandip is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Washington State University, responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in systems & control theory, and also directs the Network Controls Group at WSU. Sandip received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2000, each from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1998 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research group at WSU is focused on new techniques for network control, to improve the management of large-scale critical infrastructure (e.g., air traffic control, electric power, and disease management).
Jerry Rudisin has over 30 years of executive experience in B2B software companies, most recently as CEO of four venture-backed software startups: Flybits, which created the first cloud-based context-as-a-service platform for the personalization of mobile marketing experiences; Schooner Information Technology, which developed database software optimized for flash memory and multi-core processors (acquired by SanDisk Corporation in 2012); Agitar Software, which automated unit-level software testing (acquired by McCabe Software in 2008); and NightFire Software, which developed service-management software for telecom carriers (acquired by NeuStar in 2003). From 1991 to 1999 Jerry led marketing at Rational Software Corporation (acquired by IBM in 2003) as it grew from a private company with $28 million in revenue to a public company with $412 million in revenue. From 1986 to 1991 he was Vice President of Marketing at a startup near Boston. Previously he was a software developer and manager. Jerry earned his MS in Computer Science from UCLA and his BS in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from MIT.
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