The Insider Spyder team has years of experience in security vulnerability analysis, big data analytics, technology innovation, and artificial intelligence software – the kind of problem solving you need to tackle the biggest challenges.
Dedicated to ensuring our customers’ success, we provide training, support, consultation, and regular assessments to ensure you get best results using Insider SpyderTM software.
Our commitment to excellence and innovation shows in our track record – from multiple patents, to awards for product innovation, entrepreneurial market leadership, and a Bronze Star.
We look forward to helping you better secure your organization and protect your intellectual property.
Scott P. Gorvett
Mr. Gorvett co-founded Insider Spyder in 2013 to meet a critical business need, helping organizations secure the inside of their data networks to protect shareholder value. He built the organizational and financial infrastructure to grow a successful company disrupting the market for insider threat solutions, leveraging user behavior analytics, and providing the highest level of support to customers.
Mr. Gorvett brings robust business acumen to help steer the organization to rapid growth, from a background of corporate and entrepreneurial experience. Prior to Insider Spyder, as an entrepreneur, Mr. Gorvett received a U.S. patent for his invention in media. He recruited a management team, raised capital, and contracted to a licensed profit particpatation right with a global air and space company for a $12 million capital expenditures program for media in the airline industry.
Classically trained in consumer branding & national marketing, with a ten year career at Nestle SA, Mr. Gorvett brings 15 years of skill as a national marketing & sales executive. A veteran of the Nestle USA Beverage Company, he was responsible for a $900 million dollar Nestle licensed organization with over $4 billion in finished goods sales, year over year. He was a key member heading the licensed team for Nestle USA, with product lines including Nestle Nesquik, Nestle Coffee Mate, and Libby’s Juice.
Prior to taking the licensed leadership role, Mr. Gorvett was the Nestle South East Grocery Manager 1998- 2002. Prior to that from 1995 Mr. Gorvett served as Nestlé’s Northeast Convenience & Alternative Business Manager for Virginia North through New England out to Ohio. In addition, Mr. Gorvett supported the Nestle NASCAR program including responsibility for brand investment totaling over $1,250,000 annually. These funds were used to generate regional consumer promotional activity in over 17,000 retail locations.
Mr. Gorvett graduated from Butler University in Economics in 1989, and earned his Master’s in Business from the University of Denver 1997. Scott is still an avid tennis player having played varsity all 4 years at Butler.
Mr. Gorvett is active in the community, serving as a Venture Mentor with the George Mason University Enterprise Center, providing business advice and assistance to current and future generations of entrepreneurs. He has been a two year commissioner of the National Travel Wrestling program. He was named SYA Wrestling Volunteer in 2009 and has spent six years assisting with the National Travel wrestling program, and is a volunteer high school and youth wrestling coach.
William J. Adams
Mr. Adams is an awarding-winning technology innovator, serial entrepreneur and software professional with experience in technological vision, strategy, design, implementation, and leadership in the creation, selling, and support of cutting-edge software applications, cyber-security systems and enterprise class software systems. His software specialties include network and data security, analysis of large data sets, machine learning (artificial intelligence), and methods for enhancing the user experience though innovative user interface designs.
Since earning his B.S. Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992, he participated in numerous industry-influencing projects. While working at Carnegie Mellon after graduation, he pioneered with CERT to test detection methods, and created software that defeated the first Internet worm (Morris Worm, 1998). He wrote software for leading technology companies including SONY, Phillips Electronics, Matsushita, National Panasonic, AT&T, McCaw Cellular Communications and Go Corporation. At General Magic, Mr. Adams worked with the creators of the Apple Macintosh, learning the art of simple but powerful applications with WYSIWYG interfaces that radically changed the world of computer interfaces.
Prior to joining Insider Spyder, Mr. Adams founded RocketBase Solutions, provider of Enterprise class AI databases to help the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives better manage information so chiefs of staff and members of congress can do their jobs better.
Industry Awards – Mr. Adams has won over thirty software industry and technology awards, and is an inventor on U.S. and international patents. Awards received by Mr. Adams directly or at companies he founded include the following:
- ATT Web Week 2000 – Product of the Year
- Upside Magazine – UPSIDE’s 1999 HOT 100 – Enterprise Software Customer Support – 2WAY Corporation
- Computerworld Smithsonian Award – For Heroic Achievement in Information Technology in Business Related Services – April, 1999 – 2WAY Corporation
- Washington Software Alliance ’98 Industry Achievement Award – Best Internet Product – 2WAY Corporation for 2WAY Enterprise Suite
- 1989 – Symantec – for Best Program of the Year for a college student using Object Oriented C
Mr. Adams serves as Technical Mentor with the George Mason University Enterprise Center/Venture Mentors, providing business advice and assistance to current and future generations of entrepreneurs.
Board of Advisors
J. Richard Carlson
Mr. Carlson is a seasoned executive who specializes in helping grow post start-up wireless, software and technology firms from $5M to $60M in revenues. Mr. Carlson is the principal behind the Neon Dolphin Technology Group, a boutique technology management consulting firm that focuses on improving top and bottom line results and creating shareholder value. As Chief Executive Officer and President of publicly-traded and private companies, Mr. Carlson has produced clear results and improved financial metrics by assembling strong teams, re-setting strategies, and creating a climate of improving key metrics.
As CEO of Wireless Matrix, a publicly traded company (WRX), Mr. Carlson built and led a team which transformed the company from a niche satellite data play to a leader in the rapidly growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) space. The company won multiple awards for its innovative real-time GPS fleet management, Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and mobile resource management (MRM) solutions for vehicle fleets. Under Mr. Carlson’s leadership, Wireless Matrix successfully acquired multiple companies to accelerate subscriber growth and enterprise customer acquisition (Mobile Aria, SkyGuard). Wireless Matrix was successfully sold to CalAmp, a Nasdaq listed company, as a result of the SaaS business that he and his team built.
As CEO and President of Teletouch Communications, Mr. Carlson built and led the team that grew revenues from $42M to $58M and EBITDA from $12.3M to $16.2M. He accomplished this by re-positioning the company from standalone paging to becoming a wireless services provider, entering less competitive markets, and launching new services. In an industry climate of falling demand, Teletouch was a standout as the only financially healthy publicly traded paging and messaging company that continued to grow during that period.
Mr. Carlson serves as advisor to Insider Spyder, a cybersecurity software provider of user based analytics solutions for insider threat.
Ms. Foltz is a seasoned high technology industry professional with 20+ years of product management and marketing in telecommunications, mobile, GPS location based services, software and cyber security software. She runs a boutique consulting practice in Northern Virginia that offers go2market strategy, planning and execution.
Most recently, Ms. Foltz served as vice president, marketing and product management for Insider Spyder, Inc., a cybersecurity software provider of user behavioral analytics solutions for insider threat. She also serves as Chair, Board of Advisors.
During her career, Ms. Foltz has helped telecommunications and technology companies build differentiated products and services to grow and win in the marketplace. As vice president of product marketing and channel development for Wireless Matrix, she helped create and execute the strategy that drove subscriber growth, new market and channel expansion, and supported the sale of the company to CalAmp for $53M.
During her decade as a product director at Sprint Nextel, Ms. Foltz built an award-winning portfolio of wireless data business applications responsible for $250M+ in revenue. She helped architect today’s wireless data applications marketplace, creating developer and partnering models that were adopted industry-wide. Under her leadership, Nextel beat the competition to market with GPS location based services by two years, capturing 53% market share (NPD Group 2006) and recognition as ‘LBS Company of the Year’ in 2007 by Frost & Sullivan.
Ms. Foltz also worked as director of wireless business development and marketing for Bellcore/Telcordia (later SAIC), director of product line management for RAM Mobile Data (acquired by Bell South), and project manager for GE Information Services.
She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Pomona College, Claremont, CA.
- Board of Directors since 2009, George Mason Instructional Foundation, and Capitol Connections, a telecommunications provider organized to support the missions of George Mason University.
- Chair since 2013, Board of Advisors, Insider Spyder, Inc.
- “Venture Mentor” since 2007, Mason Enterprise Center, George Mason University
Ms. Kathleen Holmes is a principal in Holmes Costin & Marcus PLLC. Since the early 1990s, Ms. Holmes has provided legal and business consulting services to technology firms, with an emphasis in the areas of intellectual property protection and commercial litigation. She is a licensed attorney in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
From 2006 until 2010, Ms. Holmes was a partner with the law firm of Williams Mullen. She provided legal counseling and representation on intellectual property issues, business and labor disputes, and government enforcement actions. From 1994 until 2000, Ms. Holmes was an associate with the law firm of Richards McGettigan Reilly & West, P.C., and a partner with the firm from 2000 until 2006, eventually serving as president of the firm. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Holmes served as a law clerk to the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia (1993-4) and to the Honorable Hugh J. Dolan, Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Boards and Associations: Ms Holmes is a director of the board of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She is an advisor and former director for served on DataRPM Corporation, a company that provides Big Data discovery with natural language processing, and an advisor to Insider Spyder, Inc., a cybersecurity provider of software solutions for insider threat. She serves as advisor to the Turning Point Suffrage Memorial Association, working to erect a memorial honoring the 70 suffragists whose imprisonment led to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Ms. Holmes is a past president and former director of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, an organization dedicated to advancing women in the legal profession and the interests of women under the law. She also served as president and director of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.
Ms. Holmes was named an Influential Woman of Virginia in 2010. She holds an “AV” peer-review rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has been named a “Super Lawyer” in both Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is a member of Leadership Fairfax, having completed the 10 month LFI curriculum on community issues and skills training in 2006.
Ms. Holmes was born in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs. She attended the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Asian Studies. She attended graduate school at the University of Chicago as a University Fellow and holds a Master of Science in Social Science. She attended law school at George Mason University School of Law, graduating with honors.
Ms. Holmes is married to Fred Holmes, a graduate of Brown University.
The Holmes live in Northern Virginia and are active participants in the summer community in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania. They are the parents of two daughters, Helen, and Caroline.
George M. Schu
George Schu has been in the technology and management consulting businesses for the last 18 years. George covered commercial, public sector and international markets over that time. He specialized in leveraging the technology of the companies he represented to introduce innovative solutions tailored to meet the needs of his clients.
George created Avanti Solutions in 2013 to help entrepreneurs craft winning strategies and visions for their companies. He uses creative approaches for business case development, the realization of growth keyed to market conditions and the achievement of brand recognition and protection.
Prior to Avanti Solutions, George was a Booz Allen Hamilton Partner and Senior Vice President for over six years. He led a business providing integrity to sensitive transactions for a large multinational financial services company. He provided regular in-person reports to the Board of Directors. He led an initiative to help the electrical utilities industry understand cyber vulnerabilities to the electric grid. He also led multiple businesses supporting Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and other US civilian agencies’ cybersecurity missions. He was a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events.
Before joining Booz Allen, George was at VeriSign where he was Vice President, Public Sector. He was responsible for building a new sales group from the ground up, focused on Federal, State, Local government and Higher Education markets. He led sales, consulting services and business development teams that accounted for substantial growth of VeriSign’s information assurance business. George was also responsible for M&A efforts at VeriSign aimed at growing the government market business. He conducted search and due diligence of technology companies to take VeriSign business to the next level.
Prior to VeriSign, George worked for Oracle Corporation where he led a team focused on the US federal market, with emphasis on growing the Oracle footprint in eGovernment, Information Assurance and business applications in various agencies. He had a track record of successfully creating demand for Oracle products through innovative marketing, solution selling and thought leadership.
In 1996 George completed a career in the US Navy, where he rose to the rank of Captain. He had numerous operational, staff and training assignments. He has a Masters degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Russian Language Course and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. George is active as a member of the Imagination Stage, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, an advisor to the Washington Board of Trade, Cyber Task Force, an advisor to Insider Spyder, a cybersecurity software provider of user behavior analytics solutions for insider threat, and an advisor to the MACH-37 Cyber Accelerator.
James W. Sheaffer
Jim Sheaffer’s career spans more than 38 years providing business and information technology solutions and services to clients in the public and private sectors both in the U.S. and international markets. His experience includes working for mid-sized as well as large scale companies and covers both diverse complex project management and the incubation of new technology solution component businesses.
Prior to his retirement in 2012, he served as President of CSC's largest operating unit, the North American Public Sector (NPS). With annual revenue approaching $6B and more than 29,000 employees, NPS provided business and information technology solutions and services to support the missions of agencies of the United States and Canadian governments worldwide. NPS’s business and operations ranged from cybersecurity and intelligence to logistics, health care, homeland security, and IT infrastructure.
Before joining CSC in 2002, Mr. Sheaffer spent 27 years with American Management Systems Inc. (AMS), a period during which the firm scaled up from fewer than 150 to more than 7,000 employees. As a Senior Vice President from 1998-2002, he served as Chief Operating Officer for AMS’s telecommunications industry practice in North America and Europe and led the company’s entry into the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions. From 1990-98, as European general manager headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, he led the expansion AMS’s operations in Europe where he created and built AMS’s business with financial services and telecommunications clients, ultimately operating from 14 offices in 11 European countries with more than 1,200 employees.
Before his European assignment, Mr. Sheaffer established and led AMS’s information technology consulting and services practice with the United States Department of Defense serving clients in all four uniformed services.
Mr. Sheaffer earned a BS degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. He served as an officer in the United States Navy. Mr. Sheaffer currently serves as a Board Advisor to the Northern Virginia Technology Council. He also serves as advisor to Insider Spyder, a cybersecurity software provider of user behavior analytics solutions for insider threat. Formerly he was a board member and advisor to the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. He was appointed by the Governor of Maryland as a Commissioner on the Maryland Federal Facilities Advisory Board where he chaired the cybersecurity committee. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, National Capital Region. He was a recipient of Federal Computer Week’s 2010 Fed 100 award, recognizing his contribution to the federal IT industry.
John Trauth has more than 25 years of demonstrated successes in driving market expansion, revenue growth and operational excellence at large established companies such as BEA, Oracle, IBM, and Tektronix, as well as smaller companies such as Cybertap, QMS, Enterworks and Merlin International. Prior to joining Bricata, John was the President at Cybertap. When John joined Cybertap it was startup a company with virtually no sales pipeline. Within 18 months, John doubled the enterprise value of the company, which was eventually sold to IBM.
While serving as President at Merlin International, John was responsible for setting the company’s go-to-market strategy while managing their Technology Systems and Enterprise Solutions Divisions. These groups were comprised of professionals focusing on Cyber Security, Business Process Management, DR/COOP, Data Center Infrastructure, SOA, and Virtualization. During his tenure as an executive and partner at Merlin, he grew revenues by 18,750% over a nine-year period. Merlin was the recipient of many awards including #2 on Inc 500 (2005), #40 on Inc 500 (2006), Washington Technology Fast 50 #1 (2005), Washington Technology Fast 50 #1 (2006) and SBA Small Business of the Year (2005).
Prior to Merlin International, John joined BEA as Director of DoD and Intelligence sales. He helped drive the adoption of the Web Logic application server technology across most of the US Department of Defense Command and Control and Combat Support Family of Systems, growing BEA’s DoD and Intelligence revenue by 289%.
John also serves as an advisor to Insider Spyder, a cybersecurity software provider of user behavior analytics solutions for insider threat.
- Scott P. Gorvett
- William J. Adams
Board of Advisors
- J. Richard Carlson
- Mary Foltz
- Kathleen Holmes
- George M. Schu
- James W. Sheaffer
- John Trauth