Josh Sokol graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2002. Since that time, he has worked for several large companies including AMD and BearingPoint, spent some time as a military contractor and ran the Information Security Program at National Instruments for over a decade. In that role, Josh managed all compliance, security architecture, risk management and vulnerability activities.
Josh formed SimpleRisk in 2013 after searching for a tool to meet his risk management needs with a limited budget and being unable to find a match. He began by giving away what is now known as the "SimpleRisk Core", the world's first open source GRC platform, but quickly expanded to provide support, hosting services, and additional premium features and functionality. Josh continued to work a full-time job at National Instruments while bringing on employees to support the SimpleRisk business during the day until he finally made the switch to join SimpleRisk as its full-time CEO and CISO at the beginning on February 2020.
Today, Josh handles many of the business operations of SimpleRisk, drives the product roadmap, is an escalation point for customer support and ensures that company and customer data is secure.
Josh is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is widely considered a subject matter expert in the realm of Information Security.
Jeff Gall brings a wealth of management experience and a successful track record to SimpleRisk, with a history of executing go-to-market strategies in early stage startups pioneering innovative technologies in the cybersecurity space. Over his career, Jeff has been instrumental in contributing to six successful exits, including four acquisitions and two IPOs.
During his five-year tenure at WhiteHat Security, he guided the company through its early phase growth, where its valuation increased from under $15M to over $100M, ultimately leading to a successful acquisition by NTT Security in 2019.
As employee #3 at ThreatModeler, Jeff created the initial go-to-market strategy in this nascent segment and was responsible for laying the groundwork for the company's subsequent success by acquiring its first customers including two Fortune 50 companies, a large F500 subsidiary, and the 6th largest electric utility company in the US. Jeff is also an investor in ThreatModeler.
As COO at SimpleRisk, Jeff is primarily focused on executing the company's long-term sales and marketing strategy, including building out its partner program, along with managing many of the day-to-day business activities.
Dorian began his early Information Technology career as a Desktop Support Analyst at Genesis Networks and was drawn to all things security after spending time in both the computer repair and repair management fields. After meeting SimpleRisk Founder and CEO, Josh Sokol, Dorian jumped at the opportunity to join SimpleRisk in a shared vision of making risk management more accessible while still providing all of the tools and features necessary for organizations of all sizes.
Since joining SimpleRisk as the Client Success Manager in 2017, Dorian has been laser focused on delivering the highest quality of support on all occasions and across the SimpleRisk customer base. Dorian is responsible for the upkeep of documentation, everyday support and ensuring that our customers are successful with their GRC deployments. He also stays involved in the development process and is able to provide a development highway between clients and new features.
In addition to a well-established set of broad troubleshooting skills, Dorian is currently working toward getting his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and stays engaged with learning all things security. With a strong commitment to equal and in-depth support, he is happy to answer any questions about all things SimpleRisk.
Ashley graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX with a BA in Communication Studies in 2006. After college, she managed the administrative side of a rehabilitation center before she found her niche in pivot tables and Excel formulas. From there, she spent six years as a sales analyst for Labatt Food Service followed by seven years at NI working in marketing automation and demand generation. At NI, she was responsible for reporting on 7 million email sends annually, analyzing and maintaining 38 automated multi touch email campaigns, and managing the A/B testing roadmap for transactional and e-commerce emails.
In early 2021, she met Josh through a mutual connection, and he offered her the opportunity to expand her marketing knowledge to other mediums. At SimpleRisk, Ashley manages the marketing roadmap and is responsible for creating benchmarks and implementing the overall strategy, content, execution, analysis, and optimization for email, ad, and web analytics. She spends her days creating emails and custom workflows, monitoring database health, writing content, and aggregating and analyzing data from MailChimp, Google Ad, and Google Analytics. She has a passion for creating a comprehensible story from data and using it to implement strategic solutions to develop a better experience for the user.