CounterTack Fellows

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Alen Capalik

Founder

Capalik believes that information security is an evolutionary arms race and that the key to victory is adaptability. While serving as network and security architect for banks, financial institutions and national exchanges, he realized that designing security systems to predict human behavior in cyber attacks was a losing proposition.

Capalik’s passion for meeting unconventional threats with unconventional technology led him to found NeuralIQ, a company dedicated to creating real-time systems that turn the collective intelligence of attackers into a resource that can be used against them.

Capalik most recently served as chief technology officer for Tradeware Global, a leading provider of Order Management Systems software on Wall Street.

Prior to Tradeware, he served as network and security architect for CollabNet, a venture capital-funded startup focused on open source software development. Before CollabNet, Capalik worked as Network and Security Architect for Barclays Bank.

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Stan Eramia

Co-Founder

Eramia is a veteran of the financial industry, where he oversaw Risk Management, Compliance and Clearing Services as Managing Director at JonesTrading Institutional Services. Eramia also held positions at the Nasdaq Stock Market, TIAA-CREF and Oppenheimer & Company.

After working with leading financial services firms for more than a decade, Eramia realized that the information systems at the heart of the nation's capital infrastructure were increasingly vulnerable to attack.

Knowing that revolutionary technology would be required to combat these emerging threats, Eramia left the financial industry to co-found CounterTack.

Eramia drew on his passion for information integrity to forge the company's vision and build its world-class team of engineers and technologists.

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John Adams

CounterTack Fellow

With more than 30 years experience in information technology, primarily in the areas of networking and security, Adams has assisted in leading the technical direction and product development for CounterTack.

Most recently, Adams worked in the office of the CTO at Symantec. Previously, he served as chief technology officer of PGP, which was later acquired by Symantec. Prior to PGP, Adams held the role of chief technology officer at ChosenSecurity, which was spun out of the VeriSign acquisition of GeoTrust in 2006.

Prior to Chosen Security, Adams held senior executive management positions at RSA Security and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Adams graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in civil engineering from Tufts University, and has a doctorate in civil engineering from MIT.

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Jim Bandanza

CRO/Chief Operating Officer

Jim Bandanza brings over 20 years of enterprise security and software experience to CounterTack as a CounterTack Fellow and Adviser.

Prior to CounterTack, Bandanza served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Egenera. During his time with the company, he led the transformation of the go to market model to meet the needs of the company's evolving cloud based software business. 

Previous to his time with Egenera, Bandanza was the Senior Vice President of Field Operations at RSA, The Security Division of EMC; leading sales and business development operations when EMC acquired RSA for $2.1 billion in 2005.

Bandanza also held senior roles with Stream International, Versys Inc, BBN and LTX Corporation, and is currently an advisor to a number of emerging IT Security firms. He earned his Bachelor's degree in business from Northeastern University.

Previous to his time with Egenera, Bandanza was the Senior Vice President of Field Operations at RSA, The Security Division of EMC; leading sales and business development operations when EMC acquired RSA for $2.1 billion in 2005.

Bandanza also held senior roles with Stream International, Versys Inc, BBN and LTX Corporation, and is currently an advisor to a number of emerging IT Security firms. He earned his Bachelor's degree in business from Northeastern University.

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