Director of Operations and Partner Alliances
Tera has over 10 years of sales and technical experience working for technology companies like Check Point Software and Exault (acquired by Verisign). She has had an opportunity to work with hundreds of manufacturers, distributors and clients. This breadth of experience allows Tera to effectively utilize Critical Start’s and our partners’ expertise on behalf of clients. Her background also enables Tera to identify and evaluate new technologies and solutions that align well with Critical Start’s services and meet the needs of our customers. Tera graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.
Rob Davis, CISSP
Rob Davis is the Managing Principal of Critical Start and has over 20 years of experience in technology. He previously worked for 14 years in various roles at RSA, the Security Division of EMC. During his tenure at RSA Security, his positions included Vice President of Worldwide Systems Engineering, Area Vice President of Sales, Systems Engineering Manager, and PKI Evangelist. He also had consulting positions at Lucent Technologies and Deloitte and Touché evaluating and deploying network and Internet security products. Rob is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He attended Texas A&M as a President’s Endowed and National Merit Scholar while obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduating from Texas A&M, he spent 5 years as an officer on the USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) fast attack nuclear submarine. After the Navy, he was a Sord Scholar Graduate at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business while obtaining his MBA.
VP of Professional Services
Ricky Allen leads professional services for Critical Start and has over 13 years of experience in security consulting. He worked most recently at Accenture leading their strategic information security consulting practice for Infrastructure and SIEM solutions. Before Accenture, he spent 5 years as a Professional Services manager leading an Implementation team that delivered ArcSight Enterprise Security Management products and services at Global Fortune 1000 clients. Previous positions also included security consulting positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen leading engagements around incident response, attack/penetration testing, risk assessments, and compliance engagements. Ricky has a BBA in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.
Chief Technology Officer
Coming from a varied background with experience in everything from Penetration Testing and Malware Reverse Engineering to Physical Security, Executive Protection and Training; Jordan provides a unique perspective and passion for Information Security. A visionary leader focusing on people leadership and engagement of highly technical personnel in the workplace. Specialties: Leadership, Public Speaking, Coaching and Motivating Highly Technical People, Conflict Management, Managing Security Operations and Analysis Teams, Security Event Monitoring and Correlation, Content and Rule Development for SIEM tools. Vulnerability Research, Penetration Testing.
Director of Sales
Jay McKinzie leads the Critical Start sales team and has 20 years of sales and management experience working for leading security organizations like RSA Security and Verisign. Most recently he worked for FishNet Security and developed their South Texas sales area into one of the strongest performing regions in the United States. Jay graduated with a degree in Journalism/Professional Writing from the University of Houston.