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 – Lead Consultant and Trainer
is a former NSA analyst and founder of VDA Labs. DeMott holds a PhD from MSU, and has researched, trained, and consulted in security for 18 years. DeMott has led in-depth projects such as helping create Microsoft’s EMET protection tool by placing in the BlueHat prize contest. DeMott enjoys the creation and delivery of online and in-person training. He is also the lead/PM for most of the VDA engagements. He’s worked to secure multiple next-gen endpoint products, and co-authored a book on fuzzing.
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.
Nick Defoe – Security Operations Manager
with over 10 years in development and IT consulting, Nick is deeply experienced in auditing web apps, external, internal, domain servers, virtual machines, wireless, and physical. He loves to work onsite and is passionate about helping secure people and organizations. His recent passion is code security in IoT, Automotive, and embedded. OSCP.
Dr. Josh Stroschein – Senior Consultant and Trainer
has spent over a decade as a programmer and consultant with a focus on malware analysis, exploits, and web application security. His other expertise includes penetration testing, incident response, software development, and reverse engineering. Josh has a PhD from DSU. Besides spending time with his family, teaching VDA Labs courses and ripping apart the latest threat samples are two of his favorite past times.
Michelle Lentz – Office Manager
has over 13 years of experience in sales, contracting, accounting, and office management. She is our business point-of-contact. You might even catch her at a conference handing out cool swag.
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.