Executive Team


Paulo Shakarian, Ph.D.

CEO and Founder


Paulo Shakarian, Ph.D., is CEO of CYR3CON™. Paulo is also a Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor at Arizona State University – a position that allows him to focus on entrepreneurial and technology transition efforts. He has written numerous articles in scientific journals and has authored several books, including Elsevier’s Introduction to Cyber-Warfare and Cambridge’s forthcoming Darkweb Cyber Threat Intelligence Mining. Recently, his work was featured in major news media including Forbes, the New Yorker, Slate, The Economist, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and the BBC. He was named a “KDD Rising Star” by Microsoft Research Asia, is a New America Fellow and recipient of the Air Force Young Investigator award, DURIP award, DoD Minerva award, FOSINT-SI Best Paper, MIT Tech. Review “Best of 2013”, and was a DARPA Service Chief’s Fellow. Previously, Paulo was an officer in the U.S. Army where he served two combat tours in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor. He also previously worked as an Assistant Professor at West Point. Paulo holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.S in computer science from the U.S.Military Academy at West Point.


Jana Shakarian

President and Founder


Jana Shakarian is President of CYR3CON™. Jana is a sociologist and anthropologist specializing in the behavior of hacking groups through their activity on the deep web. She has co-authored two books, Elsevier’s Introduction to Cyber-Warfare and Springer’s Computational Analysis of Terrorist Groups: Lashkar-e-Tabia and Cambridge’s forthcoming Darkweb Cyber Threat Intelligence Mining. Previously, she worked as a staff social scientist for the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) where she worked on major projects funded by the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin. She has also previously worked as a consultant for the West Point Network Science Center and as a researcher for the Kriminalwissenschaftliches Institut des BKA (the German equivalent to the FBI) where she worked on issues dealing with human trafficking and right wing extremism. She holds an M.A. in Sociology and Cultural and Social Anthropology from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.


Paula Mitchell

Chief Financial Officer


Paula Mitchell is the CFO for CYR3CON™. She has managed her consulting firm for over fifteen years and served clients of all sizes, in a variety of industries in Finance, Accounting, M&A, Supply Chain and Human Resources advisory capacities. Paula currently resides on the Board of Directors for Arx Nimbus and CAIIRI Inc., cyber security consulting firms. Prior to her consulting, Paula served as an executive officer and/or an advisor for: Autodesk, Black & Decker, Cadence Design Systems, Lockheed Martin Inc, Make-A-Wish Arizona, Millennium Space Systems, Nivisys Industries, and Spectrum Astro Inc. She has managed and consulted for numerous startup companies as CFO and has held senior leadership roles with Fortune 500 high-technology software firms. Paula earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Arizona State University and her MBA from Woodbury University.


Geoff Stoker, Ph.D.

Vice President for Customer Support


Geoff Stoker is VP for Customer Support at CYR3CON™. An Army veteran, Geoff has over 20 years’ experience as an information technology leader and computer scientist. His career has included positions as Senior Web Systems Manager (NATO HQ, Brussels), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the 82nd Airborne Division (during which he served 15 months in Afghanistan), and Assistant Professor at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Geoff holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Gunnar Light

Vice President for Business Development


Gunnar Light, is VP for Sales and Marketing of CYR3CON™. He has over 25 years of experience in international sales, marketing and business development management working with technology companies ranging from startups to Fortune 20. Over his global career, he has negotiated deals and managed projects in over 130 countries, covering Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Latin America and the Caribbean. From the roles of CEO, EVP, EGM, MD Worldwide Sales and Marketing and MD International, Gunnar has led software teams to expand global coverage into new markets and industries, building company value and generating profitable revenues. Additionally, Mr. Light has 17 years of experience working in the security industry with certification in Intelligence Gathering, Analysis and Cyber Security. Gunnar is a graduate from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a concentration in Global Trade, as well as from Arizona State University’s MBA program, with a concentration on Supply Chain Management and Global Marketing.



Board Members


Paulo Shakarian, Ph.D.

CHAIRMAN


Paulo Shakarian is the Chairman of the board as well as CEO and
Founder of CYR3CON.


Jana Shakarian

DIRECTOR


Jana Shakarian is a member of the Board of Directors as well as President and Founder of
CYR3CON.


Steve Phillips

BOARD ADVISOR


Steve Phillips is a CYR3CON™ board advisor. Between 2005 and 2016, he was CIO for Avnet Inc, a $26B (FY16 revenue) Fortune 500 global company and one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and computer products serving more than 100,000 customers in more than 115 countries. Mr. Phillips was previously CIO at Memec and at Gateway Inc. Earlier in his career he was the IT leader for Diageo’s European foods business and also served in a number of engineering and operational leadership roles at Thorn EMI. In 2015, Mr. Phillips was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award that honors IT executives and visionaries whose leadership has significantly impacted the field of IT. Additionally, he received an HMG Strategy Transformational CIO Leadership Award in 2012 and was named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2011. Mr. Phillips was elected to the board of directors at Wick Communications, a news and specialty publications company, in 2011 and elected chairman in 2012. Between 2008 through 2011, he served as chairman of the board of the Arizona Technology Council, a trade association that represents Arizona's technology industry. Mr. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Essex and a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of West London. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.


Abi Subramanian

BOARD ADVISOR


Abi Subramanian is a CYR3CON™ board advisor. He brings a 22 year track record as an investment banker, entrepreneur and private equity investor in disruptive high-velocity verticals including TMT, Healthcare, Consumer and Energy. Abi was a senior member/founding partner of some of the leading private equity capital practices on Wall Street, including time as Partner/MD at Jefferies, Thomas Weisel and SG Cowen. He has completed nearly 200 venture and PE deals including well over 100 seminal tech transactions. Since 2011, he has been CEO of his own firm Global Growth Access which has served as an investor and advisor in nearly 10 Technology and Healthcare companies. During this time, Abi was also founder/lead investor of a cybersecurity private equity fund Hudson Fairfax Group as well as CFO and Board Advisor to a large Defense Contractor involved in communications equipment as well as information security. He was born in India, grew up in Oklahoma and was educated at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he studied engineering.