About Us


RunSafe Security was founded in 2015 by veteran cybersecurity professionals with reputations for building disruptive technology that stands out in a crowded market. Several team members were instrumental in building Kaprica Security’s Tachyon, a mobile device configuration and security platform that was acquired by Samsung in 2016.

The RunSafe Security Story

Very few in cybersecurity deeply understand both attacker mindset and techniques; how they deliberate; how they create exploits and how they prioritize targets. There is a wide knowledge gap between attacker mentality and defender methodology that stacks the odds in favor of an attacker. That’s because attackers only need to find a single access point to infiltrate a network, while defenders must protect each and every asset 24/7/365.

Recognizing this plight, many security teams spend significant time, money and resources deploying cybersecurity products in a futile effort to protect assets. However, the available tools cannot keep up with evolving threats and multiplying vulnerabilities – especially those proliferating from the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). As a result, organizations remain exposed, susceptible and often defenseless.

RunSafe Security is the pioneer of a unique cyberhardening technology for vulnerable embedded systems and devices. The company is led by former U.S. government cybersecurity specialists who know how attackers think about problems, how they weaponize attacks and how they choose targets.

With the ability to make every embedded system and device functionally identical but logically unique, RunSafe Security renders threats inert by eliminating attack vectors, significantly reducing vulnerabilities and denying malware the uniformity required to propagate. By precluding a single exploit from spreading across devices, RunSafe Security disrupts the traditional economics of attacks and denies the routine tactics and techniques that attackers prefer. Finally, the odds of an attacker compromising a vulnerability are in the defender’s favor.

Read how we disrupt the traditional economics of cyberattacks and deny both routine and advanced techniques of attackers.

Our Mission

RunSafe Security’s seeks to apply its comprehensive knowledge of attacker tools and techniques to render cyber threats inert.

Our Team

Joe Saunders, Founder & CEO

Joe Saunders
Founder & CEO
Joe Saunders has more than 25 years of leadership, business building, and startup experience having served in a variety of business development and general management roles for high growth companies. Prior to founding RunSafe Security, Joe served as director of Thomson Reuters Special Services, where he led analytical solutions to help law enforcement agencies identify national security threats. Joe previously led the digital technology division of AIMS Worldwide and was a member of the management team at TARGUSinfo, which was acquired by Neustar for $750M in 2011. Joe started his career as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers building quantitative models for financial institutions. Joe has a BS degree in mathematics from University of Michigan, a MS in predictive analytics from Northwestern University, and an MBA from George Mason University. He is the founder of Children’s Voice International, a 501(c) 3 non-profit that restores the rights of abandoned, neglected, trafficked, and exiled children worldwide.

Doug Britton, Chief Technology Officer

Doug Britton
Chief Technology Officer
Doug Britton is a cyber and mobile security pioneer, a patent holder, and business leader. Prior to joining RunSafe, Doug served as founder and CEO of Kaprica Security where he successfully developed groundbreaking technologies, including the sale of its mobile device management business to Samsung. Doug spent several years at Lockheed Martin, including serving as the Program Manager for Advanced Cyber Technologies where he led a large scale government cyber program after building a team of 30 world-class, nationally sought-after hackers, managers, and business development leaders. A trained computer scientist, Doug started his career in the National Center for Supercomputing Applicaitons at the University of Illinois before serving as a Russian Linguist and Interrogator in the US Army.

Simon Hartley, Vice President of Business Development

Simon Hartley
Vice President of Business Development
With over 20 years’ experience in enterprise software sales, marketing and product management, Simon Hartley is a nationally-recognized thought leader in cybersecurity, mobility, IoT technology, and cyber law and policy.
Before joining RunSafe Security, Simon was vice president of sales and marketing at Kaprica Security, focusing on its Tachyon product which was acquired by Samsung in late 2016. Prior to Kaprica, Simon held several executive roles in enterprise mobility and cybersecurity companies such as DMI, Thursby Software, Red Hat, HP, and Capgemini, managing clients spanning the U.S. Department of Defense, federal law enforcement, hospital systems and vehicle fleets.
Simon holds a BS degree in physics from Manchester University, with graduate studies completed at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and at Cornell University, where he studied cybersecurity, law and business. In addition, Simon is CISSP, CEH and CMDSP certified.

Peter Laitin, Vice President of Federal Sales

Peter Laitin
Vice President of Federal Sales

With more than two decades of federal IT sales, Laitin is a go-to expert in the areas of cybersecurity and enterprise mobility. Prior to RunSafe Security, Peter held executive sales roles at companies like RSA Security, Verisign, Invincea, Good Technology, Thursby Software and Kaprica Security.
A native of Washington, D.C., Peter has an established federal and private network in some of the most notable IT security and mobility deployments in the federal government, including DISA, USDA and the FBI. Peter holds BA degrees in public relations and marketing from Ashford University, as well as political science and government degrees from Indiana University Bloomington.

Lisa Silverman, Vice President of Marketing

Lisa Silverman
Vice President of Marketing

Lisa Silverman is an accomplished marketing executive with broad experience in utilizing new technology to expand product portfolios. Lisa’s background includes product management, marketing, and strategic planning for both large enterprises and small businesses.

Prior to RunSafe Security, Lisa served as director of product management for workplace safety at American Red Cross, where she introduced simulation learning for First Aid and CPR. Lisa drove the strategy, definition, and execution of new offerings as vice president of market development of Localeze, the local search division of TARGUSinfo. As director of product management for Total Care at AOL, she led all business initiatives surrounding the launch of a PC security offering. Previously, she led new product management and partner marketing at Network Solutions and managed conferencing marketing MCI Worldcom. Lisa holds a BA in economics and mathematics from Brandeis University and an MS in management from MIT Sloan.

Board of Directors

Joe Saunders, Founder & CEO

Joe Saunders
Founder & CEO

Doug Britton, Chief Technology Officer

Doug Britton
Chief Technology Officer

Bill Stulb, President and COO, Spectrum Comm

Bill Stulb
President and COO, Spectrum Comm
Bill Stulb serves as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Spectrum Comm, Inc., a technical services and solutions company based in Newport News, Virginia. In this role Bill has overall leadership and management responsibility for the company’s operating divisions and corporate staff. Spectrum Comm portfolio includes cyber security to US DoD systems, systems engineering, acquisition enterprise architecture support and logistics support to C4ISR systems. As a Surface Warfare Officer and Nuclear Propulsion Engineer in the U.S. Navy, he served in three combatant ships before transferring to the reserve force, where he gained major staff experience. Bill has over 14 years in executive leadership roles as president for a manufacturing company and as chief financial officer for a large shipyard/industrial services company. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an MBA from The College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business.

Technical Board of Advisors

Avi Rubin, Professor of Computer Science and Technical Director of the Information Security Institute Johns Hopkins University

Avi Rubin
Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Aviel (Avi) D. Rubin is Professor of Computer Science and Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of the JHU Health and Medical Security Lab and founder and managing partner of the Computer Security firm Harbor Labs. Prior to joining Hopkins, Rubin was a research scientist at AT&T Labs. On his last Sabbatical, Rubin was a Fulbright Scholar at Tel Aviv University. In January, 2004 Baltimore Magazine named Rubin a Baltimorean of the Year for his work in safeguarding the integrity of our election process, and he is also the recipient of the 2004 Electronic Frontiers Foundation Pioneer Award. Rubin has a B.S, (’89), M.S.E (’91), and Ph.D. (’94) from the University of Michigan.

Michael W. Wellman, CEO and Founder Virgil Security

Michael W. Wellman
CEO and Founder Virgil Security
Michael has been at the vanguard of standards-based networking and security for nearly thirty-five years. As the CEO and Founder of Virgil Security, he makes every software developer into an applied cryptologist by providing password-free authentication, encryption, distributed immutable data storage, and verification of data, devices, and identities with no prior cryptographic knowledge or training required. Michael has shipped products carrying the label of Agere, AOL, Apple, Ascend, Avaya, Boingo Wireless, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM, Lucent, Microsoft, Proxim, PSINet, Sony, Sprint, Toshiba, and others. He is a board member and advisor at Shevirah; an advisor to 202 Partners, CyberAcademy.us, NS8, ThreatCare, and Werbie.co; a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners; and a mentor at the Mach37 cybersecurity accelerator and the RelevantHealth.md health tech accelerator. Michael has a combined bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, computational and applied mathematics, and computer science from Rice University.

Frank Byrum, Chief Scientist Spectrum Comm

Frank Byrum
Chief Scientist Spectrum Comm
Frank Byrum has 30-years of experience including over two decades of C-level and senior executive management focusing on a technology innovation, research and development in the areas of big-data mining, software and product development, and enterprise and internet architectures. Since 2014, he has served as the Chief Scientist at Spectrum Comm, a defense contractor where he serves as senior technical advisor to the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration (SAF/AQXS). At Spectrum, he oversees technology innovation, research & development, and serves as a corporate internal technology consultant. Previously during a brief sabbatical, he served as Chief Technology Officer for Operation Smile – leading technology strategy for global NGO performing relief surgeries in 60 countries. Frank holds a MS in Software Engineering and a BS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University.