President and CEO
Dr. James Austin is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cervais Inc. Dr. Austin is responsible for developing innovative emergent technology solutions that successfully answer the security challenges that exist with the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. He is the creative visionary behind ideation and product strategy of cutting-edge endpoint security and data protection products, Cylenium Cloud and SG-X, which provide a solid and secure defense against the exploitation of the Internet of Things devices.
As an accomplished cybersecurity executive, Dr. Austin is responsible for overseeing the vision and strategic priorities of the business, while continually setting the bar to maximize growth, and performance.
Widely respected for his vision and strategic thinking, James has anticipated the transformation of endpoint security in leveling the playing field against would be hackers to protect organizations and consumers world-wide. By constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation, James has been instrumental in shaping and developing Cervais’ cybersecurity posture. Coupled with intelligence and deep industry experience, James is empowering the industry to embrace proactive defense solutions.
Prior to Cervais, Dr. Austin’s career spans 25 year history in information technology as a cyber security and risk expert consultant leading security program initiatives across federal agencies to include US Postal Service, Navy, Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Railroad Administration, (FRA) Department of Labor, NOAA, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Dr. Austin obtained his doctorate in Information Assurance from the University of Fairfax, Masters from Strayer University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University.
James leads with unwavering faith and a resolute commitment to securing the Internet of Things by driving the innovation and technology to protect consumers and organizations from cyber threats.
CEO & principal consultant – factor six llc advisor
A global citizen, Andres has 30 years experience innovating across the globe. He has lived and worked in European, Asian and Latin American cultures. He is a passionate speaker on innovation and design thinking ecosystems as powerful way to accelerate digital transformation. He has built and managed innovation capacity in corporate, startup and consulting domains. A digital thinker, his career has evolved from being an active participant in the building of the internet, to advising organizations on how to innovate in a digital world.
His passion for innovation ecosystems began in 2006 when he co-founded an innovation lab for a $1 billion business unit of Deutsche Telekom. In his charge as VP of Innovation he built global products resulting from new insights derived from human-centered approaches utilizing design thinking tools. His industry leading efforts have been recognized via collaborations with universities including UNAM (Mexico), GMU, USC Marshall and via invitations to speak at prestigious organizations such as The Milken Institute, UNDP and Frost & Sullivan.
He holds a Masters in International Business and a BS in Finance from GMU in addition to multiple Design Thinking certifications from UVA and Experience Point/IDEO. Andres is currently completing a book focused on the impacts of innovation and entrepreneur-based ecosystems on organizational cultures. He resides in Alexandria, VA, in the Washington DC, USA Region.
VP of customer experience – expel advisor
Norman brings over 20 years as a seasoned cyber security and operational executive with multiple successful roles and industry accomplishments. Currently he is the Vice President of Customer Experience (CX) at Expel, a premier Managed Detection and Response provider based in Herndon, VA.
Prior to his role at Expel Norman has served as a global executive for ZeroFOX (VP of Global Services), Hexis Cyber Solutions (acquired by Watchguard) (VP, Global Services and Support) , and Accuvant (OPTIV) (VP of Managed Solutions) focused on the scalability and growth of Managed Security, Global Training, Consulting and Support organizations.
Norman’s experience extends to the Channel where he spent 5 years with McAfee as Global Director, focused on the SI, SP, Telco, MSS, and OEM markets and leading the architecture and design team for managed solution development across the globe for many of the largest providers in the world.