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LEADERSHIP

BEN GALLO, president

As President of Redhawk Network Security, Ben Gallo’s strategic vision, extensive technology sales expertise, and focus on customer service excellence provide strong leadership as he directs the company’s future. Ben’s experience growing teams and his 20-year technology background are valuable assets as he builds on the company’s success and looks for new growth opportunities to expand Redhawk’s security, regulatory, and assessment services to companies of all sizes and industries. With a track record of building customer-centric teams, strategic planning and alliances, Ben is focused on ensuring that Redhawk excels as one of the country’s premier partners for cybersecurity solutions. Prior to joining Redhawk, Ben served as vice president of sales and general manager at Atmosera, Inc., where he led all aspects of sales and customer success. During his 12 years at Sungard Availability Services, a leader in managed cloud services and IT disaster recovery, Ben served as sales director for North America, growing the cloud and ERP outsourcing business from $30 million to $100 million. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Management from George Fox University. 

 
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TYLER HARDISON, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

As Chief Technology Officer at Redhawk Network Security, Tyler Hardison, CISSP, PCI-QSA, plays a key role in leading new product strategies, initiatives, and is responsible for developing technology solutions and service offerings for clients. Tyler is highly regarded as a hands-on technologist with a strong focus on regulatory issues, program management, and secure implementation. With his extensive knowledge of evolving cybersecurity threats, Tyler leads the development and execution of innovative, robust, and secure information technology environments for organizations of all sizes. He has extensive experience and knowledge of security and IT, including regulatory issues and compliance, enterprise architecture, disaster recovery, process improvement, custom application development, and risk management. Tyler is a 20-year technology veteran, with 12 years of experience in the financial services industry, including his role as CIO at Stanford Federal Credit Union. Tyler is at the forefront of regulatory changes with in-depth knowledge of the tools necessary to stay ahead. Tyler is a PCI Qualified Security Assessor and speaks regularly on how businesses can meet compliance. Tyler enjoys volunteering in community organizations, including various historical societies. 

 
 

CLIENT RELATIONS

CYNTHIA ACEVES, SENIOR RELATIONSHIP MANAGER

As Redhawk Network Security’s senior relationship manager, Cynthia Aceves leads customer relations efforts and manages day-to-day business and partner relationships. Her close attention to customer service and customer care is apparent in everything she does. With a deep background in financial services, Cynthia understands what financial organizations struggle with and can offer support and guidance. With 20 years of experience, Cynthia is well skilled in building and fostering client relationships, existing partnerships, and new partnerships. She has a successful track record in account development, contract management negotiations, conflict resolution, and all incoming and outgoing communications. Cynthia is highly motivated and enthusiastic, with an eagerness to provide the highest quality of customer service to all. Cynthia is committed to growing and expanding Redhawk’s business, in the financial industry and beyond. Prior to joining Redhawk, Cynthia held business development and customer service manager positions at Diebold Nixdorf, AIMCO, and Iron Mountain. Cynthia received her MBA, Business Administration and MHA, Health Care Administration. at Marylhurst University.
 

 
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shanelle Allen, Strategic client relations engineer

As Redhawk Network Security’s Strategic Client Relations Engineer, Shanelle Allen’s role is to work as a client-dedicated strategist. She works in an advisory capacity to provide insight on how to leverage Redhawk or other security technologies and solutions in areas including security practices, compliance initiatives, equipment procurement, lifecycle management, and network and managed services. She works closely with clients to bridge the gap between clients, solutions architecture, vendors, and service delivery roll out. From Shanelle’s perspective, she is the “Professor of Client Happiness”—a customer advocate who works toward fostering relationships between Redhawk and its clients, vendors, and partners. When it comes to relationships and strategizing, Shanelle’s philosophy is to listen. She focuses on listening, understanding, and uncovering where customers may have challenges, technology pains or frustrations, or security concerns. With a strong business backing and financial mindset, Shanelle is an asset in helping customers expand and grow their security practices. Shanelle has experience working with organizations in both public and private sectors, as well as non-profit. Her knowledge and experience working with many industry types, together with her hunger to stay current on new and emerging technologies, best practices, and industry initiatives makes her a valuable resource for helping clients build their IT and security roadmaps. Shanelle holds a B.A.in accounting and business management and is a member of Women in STEAM.

 
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Toni Overton, IMPLEMENTATION OFFICER

In her role as Implementation Officer, Toni Overton provides project leadership and vision, while fostering collaboration and communication between Redhawk Network Security engineering and client teams. As the primary client contact, she manages, organizes, and coordinates all client projects. Toni is passionate about solving problems and embraces the value of true partnership as security and technology advisor. With a foot in technical and a foot in management, Toni can offer a unique insight for clients. As a former CIO with over 20 years of IT leadership and background in the financial industry, Toni has a consistent track record of increasing efficiencies, productivity, strategic planning, and execution. Before joining Redhawk, Toni was formerly a Redhawk client for more than 15 years, which has helped her understand and address real customer needs. Previously, Toni led her own consulting practice, where she performed IT audits and security consulting. Toni maintains a CISA and CRISC and is a graduate of the Northwest Banking School and the Center for Creative Leadership. She serves as the Chapter President for the Eugene Society for Information Management (SIM). SIM has a STEM program that educates middle and high school students about careers in science, technology, engineering and math. By highlighting her successes in this field, Toni empowers and encourages young women in her hometown. Toni enjoys spending time with her family, her animals including a miniature donkey named Abe, hiking, camping, skiing and discovering Oregon’s many natural treasures. 

 
 

Rob WillE, SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

As senior account executive at Redhawk Network Security, Rob Wille’s primary focus is building solid, long-lasting relationships with clients. Rob’s vast technology expertise in IT service management, security solutions, technology infrastructure, and enterprise
mobility management enables him to help customers find the right solutions to meet
their requirements.With a background deeply rooted in healthcare, education, and
government, Rob is working to expand Redhawk’s security practice into new markets.
During his 15 years with Symantec, Rob developed his consultative approach managing
regional channel relationships and enterprise customer clients across the U.S. He is
attentive to customers’ needs and is committed to providing excellent customer service
with the highest level of professional integrity. Customers have complimented that
Rob’s planning skills are exemplary, always focused on not only finding the answer to a
current client challenge but helping the client plan for future expectations as well. Rob
holds a B.S. in political science from Oregon State University.

 
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security leads

IVAN DOMINGUEZ, INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYST

As information security analyst for Redhawk Network Security, Ivan Dominguez leads the charge to help organizations secure their  sensitive information and increase trust in their digital platforms. Ivan brings hands-on cybersecurity value, technical expertise, and regulatory compliance experience. Ivan’s background includes incident response management, including complete documentation, post-action analysis, and network forensics. 

His background and experience span telecommunications and network security, security platform development, incident response, operations security, and cryptography. Ivan’s security certifications include CISSP and GPEN—Certified by SANS for Penetration Testing.  He has extensive hands-on knowledge of NIST 800-37 and other NIST standards, SANS 20 Implementation and Auditing, FFIEC and NCUA regulations and Cyber Security Assessment Tools. 

Ivan is knowledgeable about security threats and how to mitigate them, conducting vulnerability and penetration testing, managing vendor relationships, and designing and implementing security solutions. As a security engineer, Ivan has built and managed cybersecurity educational programs and created and managed cybersecurity controls and assets. Prior to Redhawk, Ivan was cybersecurity specialist at a credit union, where he created incident response plans and disaster recovery testing plans, and managed social engineering testing, including phishing tests. At Symantec, Ivan managed and helped implement Symantec’s full suite of email and web filtering solutions for Fortune 500 customers. Ivan received his B.S. in Information Security and Assurance, information technology, security from Capella University. 

 
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Jim Wherry, Senior Security Analyst

As Redhawk Network Security’s Senior Security Analyst, Jim Wherry is the brains behind Redhawk’s collaborative security minded approach to network security, IT Security Audits, and Assessments in a diverse set of client organizations including financial, healthcare and pharmaceutical, government agencies, merchant and service providers, critical infrastructure providers, and manufacturing fields. With more than 13 years of experience in the cybersecurity arena, Jim’s approach to cybersecurity is focused on strategic and tactical planning in order to achieve long-term stability through Risk Management, Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Recovery, and sustainable security policy development. Jim not only conducts IT Security Audits and Assessments, but also provides expert guidance and practical assistance in incident response, malware eradication, vulnerability management, and managed security services. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Security Systems from the American Military University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), a PCI QSA, and is certified as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He has regulatory compliance experience in PCI, HIPAAA, NIST, FISMA, CJIS, and SOX.

 
 

Mike Hall, Senior network engineer, ccnp, ccnp-Security

As senior network manager for Redhawk Network Security, Mike Hall leads the networking efforts with clients, including network design, network planning, and network management. His extensive knowledge of networking techniques and design come into play every day: firewalls, routers, switches, disaster recovery planning, wireless, VPN configuration, virtual routing and forwarding. Mike brings more than 20 years of security and networking experience to Redhawk, as well as CCNP and CCNP-Security certifications. His breadth of knowledge and expertise is critical in today’s threat-filled business world and helpful to clients, especially those in highly regulated industries including healthcare and banking. Prior to Redhawk, Mike worked at Cerium Networks as a senior network wireless consultant, where he led wireless design, installation, and surveying for numerous hospitals and other healthcare facilities in and around Portland and the greater Northwest. As a senior consultant at ConvergeOne, Mike designed and implemented data center and security migrations projects for customers in the financial and public sector. Mike’s experience also includes senior network engineering at Oregon Community Health Information Network’s (OCHIN) and Umpqua Bank. He has also managed network consulting projects for Fortune 1000 companies including Xerox, Nike, and Hewlett Packard.

 
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