We practice what we teach. Really.
VDA Labs was founded in 2007 with the goal of providing world class information security training through premier security conferences, on-site training tailored for organizations, and through virtual delivery. Following success in the training field, demand grew for expanding services into the areas of Enterprise Security Consulting and Code Security Consulting.
VDA loves to help move the ball forward working with CISOs, SMEs, security product vendors, and application developers across the world to improve the security posture of their organizations and products. We look forward to collaborating with your team!
The VDA Team
Dr. Jared DeMott – Founder and CEO
of VDA Labs, a full-scope cyber security company. DeMott previously served as a vulnerability analyst with the NSA. He holds a PhD from Michigan State University. He regularly speaks on cyber matters at conferences like RSA, DerbyCon, BlackHat, ToorCon, GrrCon, HITB, etc. He was a finalist in Microsoft’s BlueHat prize contest, which helped make Microsoft customers more secure. Dr. DeMott has been on three winning Defcon capture-the-flag teams, and has been an invited lecturer at prestigious institutions such as the US Military Academy. Jared is a fuzzing book and Pluralsight author, and is often interviewed by Media to weigh in on cyber matters.
Michael Fowl – Senior Information Security Consultant
is an award winning purple team hacker. He has participated in several bug bounty programs, such as the inaugural “Hack the Pentagon” program, frequently placing among the top ten participants. Michael has led hundreds of social engineering, application audit, and network pentests. He’s found 0day on a number of VDA engagements, including in Auto, IoT, embedded systems, and much more. CISSP, GXPN, GWAPT, CEH.
Michelle Lentz – Office and Financial Manager
has over 15 years of experience in HR, contracting, accounting, and office management. She is our personnel and business point-of-contact. She loves to travel as you can tell from the background. 🙂
Gregory – Cyber Security Engineer
with seven years of Security/Incident Handling experience within the United States Army Special Forces. Strong background in secure communication platforms; with an outstanding history of managing day-to-day SOC operations from prevention through detection. Enjoys the whole range of VDA cyber services: blue team engineering, pentesting, code auditing, compliance, and training. CISSP. GPEN. GSEC. GCIH.
James King – Cyber Security Engineer
Lifetime techie with a passion for InfoSec, and also understands the need for good communication. Mr. King has done network engineering, database admin, app dev, and more. He’s now excited to be working for VDA as a pentester and information security consultant. He loves learning from the best ethical hacking team in Michigan. James has his CISSP and GIAC, and is working on his OSCP.
John Stigerwalt – Cyber Security Engineer
John Stigerwalt is a cyber security engineer experienced in penetration testing, application auditing, social engineering, exploit development, and reverse engineering. He has spent many years protecting financial organizations from evolving threats, and is very passionate about improving organizations security. John is always striving to better himself by enhancing his security knowledge. He believes in contributing to the security community with new security findings and helping others learn as well. John currently has achieved his OSCE, OSCP, and SLAE certifications.
Matthew Wilds – Cyber Security Engineer
With 10 years of Air Force Cyber Warfare Operations. Matt has performed hunt operations and security/compliance assessments on critical national infrastructure. Mr. Wilds has trained customers in advanced threat mitigation, vulnerability scanning, incident response. In his free time, Matt volunteers as IT Director for a local church. He is certified in Advanced Digital Forensics, Incident Response, and Threat Hunting. CompTIA Sec+. GCFA.
Sy VanderMeulen – Cyber Security Engineer
Growing his understanding of pentesting, GRC, threat hunting, and more. Sy is quickly becoming a core member of VDA. Sy has prior experience with IT admin, networking infrastructure, hardware, and other blue team engineering. Sy currently holds A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications.
Austin Downing – Cyber Security Engineer has spent the last 10 years as a Network Administrator and blue team member for Grand Rapids businesses. During this time he worked to improve the security and processes of the businesses he worked for. He has a passion for learning and wants to become the best red team member like no one ever was. Getting root is my real test, to train staff is my cause. Jonathan Hersack – Cyber Security Engineer
previously served as a Platform Security Analyst with the Department of Defense: analyzing vulnerabilities, developing mitigation guidance, and assessing risk to DoD networks. He holds a M.S. in Cyber Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology and enjoys ripping technology apart just to see how it works. He is passionate about infosec and loves helping customers improve their security posture wherever he can.