Leadership

ISE is an independent security consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to securing high value assets for global enterprises and performing groundbreaking security research. Using an adversary-centric perspective driven by our elite team of analysts and developers, we improve our clients’ overall security posture, protect digital assets, harden existing technologies, secure infrastructures, and work with development teams to ensure product security prior to deployment.

Steve Bono, Founder, CEO

Since he formed ISE in 2005, Mr. Bono has grown the Baltimore-based company into a cyber-threat mitigation and solutions entity widely recognized for its thought leadership, excellence, integrity, and dedication to its clients.

Mr. Bono's unique approach has defined a proprietary methodology that attracts and utilizes a team of leading scientists, academics, and experts who specialize in the mindset of hackers. "You need to think like an attacker to defend against him. And furthermore, we endeavor to understand the business process surrounding our clients' assets; to develop mitigation strategies that promote business continuity, save costs, and still get them secure as fast as possible. Know your enemy; know yourself."

Mr. Bono has also incubated a powerful research division within ISE, making it one of the few companies to execute technology security evaluation while simultaneously forwarding the state of the art in new attacks and attack defenses. ISE’s involvement in the research community helps our team anticipate threats to our clients' assets, and allows us to provide cutting-edge modern mitigation strategies.

Ted Harrington, Executive Partner

Ted Harrington is the author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right, and the Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE). He’s overseen security research hacking medical devices, password managers, and cryptocurrency wallets. Ted has helped hundreds of companies fix tens of thousands of security vulnerabilities, including Disney, Amazon, Google, Netflix, Adobe, Warner Brothers, Qualcomm, and more.

For his stewardship of security research that Wired Magazine says “wins the prize, hands down,” Ted has been named both Executive of the Year [by American Business Awards] and 40 Under 40 [by SD Metro]. He leads a team that started and organizes IoT Village, an event whose hacking contest is a three-time DEFCON Black Badge winner, and which represents the discovery of more than 300 zero-day vulnerabilities (and counting). Ted’s work has been featured in more than 100 media outlets, including The New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA Today.

Ted is a Boston Marathon finisher, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, where he started his first company while a student. Follow him on LinkedIn & Twitter

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