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About Us

Why Crypsis?

The Crypsis Group was founded in 2015 with a vision to create a more secure digital world by providing the highest quality incident response, risk management, and digital forensics services to clients of all sizes.

Our formula goes to the foundation of care and trust we seek to create with our clients as we work to take on some of the gravest threats they will ever face.

Sometimes it’s simply a matter of talking with our clients and not at them during a moment of crisis or looming disaster. Beyond that, it’s about building trust and confidence that the attack will be stopped and threats will be managed – and then delivering on the promise.

Out of this vision, The Crypsis Group has rapidly grown into a national force with offices in Washington, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles from which our expanding corps of  accomplished and dedicated cyber security experts help and protect organizations large and small.

Trust. Confidence. Security.

This is what we do.

Leadership Team

Crypsis serves as a trusted security advisor before, during, and after a breach through the use of proprietary technology and the unique experiences of our people. Meet our leadership team.

Bret Padres

Chief Executive Officer

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Bret Padres

Chief Executive Officer

Bret has more than 25 years of experience in information security, digital forensics, law enforcement, electronic discovery, and counterintelligence.  He has worked on some of history’s most notorious retail and state-sponsored data breaches.  As a Special Agent in the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he was the lead agent on numerous national and international computer intrusion investigations.  He has also served as Chief of Research and Development in the Computer Crimes Unit for the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, where he conducted investigations and implemented new computer crime analysis and prevention technologies.  In the private sector, Bret was most recently a managing director at Stroz Friedberg, a leading global risk management firm, where he ran its cyber resilience practice.  Bret was also the Director of Incident Response for Mandiant, where he responded to and resolved high-risk intrusions for government agencies and Fortune 500 companies, and he served as the Director of Cyber Operations at Athena Innovative Solutions, where he ran network surveillance and intrusion detection counterintelligence operations for the company’s U.S. government clients.

Alex Gross

Vice President

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Alex Gross

Vice President

As a leader in the firm’s business development operation, Alex directs the brand positioning of the Crypsis portfolio of services to a full range of customer channels including enterprises, law firms, and insurance companies.  In this capacity,  he handles intake of data security incidents and works with clients to structure solutions to address their cyber security concerns. Before joining Crypsis, Alex was VP of Sales for the cyber security firm Stroz Friedberg, and prior to that he was a Director at the risk management company Kroll Inc., where he was responsible for business development efforts focusing on incident response, information risk assessments, digital forensics, and e-discovery services.  Alex started his career as  an Assistant District Attorney in New York City.

Anne Mroczynski

Vice President of Marketing

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Anne Mroczynski

Vice President of Marketing

With nearly 20 years of marketing and promotional experience in the professional services and cyber security industries, Anne is responsible for Crypsis’ brand management, corporate messaging, communications programs, and campaigns to support business development initiatives.  Prior to joining The Crypsis Group, she was a director-level executive at cybersecurity companies Mandiant and Crowdstrike, where she developed and implemented marketing strategies to promote awareness, build engagement, and contribute to revenue growth.  As Mandiant’s first marketing professional hired in 2006, she was charged with nurturing the company’s brand through its infancy and helped establish its reputation as a leading provider of cyber security services.  Earlier in her career, Anne held marketing and business development management positions at two of the world’s leading law firms, Vinson & Elkin LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.

Sam Rubin

Vice President

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Sam Rubin

Vice President

Sam manages Crypsis’ West Coast operations and also maintains an active docket of cases, and often serves as an expert witness in digital forensics. He has deep expertise in matters involving theft of intellectual property, incident response, e-forgery, leaks of confidential information, and information security best practices.  He provided technical advice and expert opinions in a number of high-stakes cases, including Epic Systems Corporation’s landmark victory in a trade secret misappropriation case, a federal criminal securities fraud case against the former CEO of Qwest, and civil litigation stemming from Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.  Sam is co-author of “What Every Lawyer Should Know About Digital Forensics,” published in The Pennsylvania Lawyer, and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on computer forensics, insider threats to proprietary data, and other cyber-related topics.

Jessica Smith

Vice President

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Jessica Smith

Vice President

A veteran practitioner of digital forensics with an extensive record of involvement in complex civil and criminal cases, Jessica brings her experience and know-how to The Crypsis Group’s client engagements as well as helping direct the daily operations of the firm, focusing on professional service projects that allow Crypsis to continue to scale.  She previously was Managing Director of Digital Forensics in Stroz Friedberg’s Washington, DC office, where she was responsible for co-managing the firm’s technical operations in the areas of computer forensics, cybercrime response, and incident handling.  Over the course of her career, Jessica has provided expert testimony and performed forensic analysis of digital media in many challenging and high-profile cases. She has evaluated obstructive deletion activity in securities fraud cases, covertly acquired and analyzed media in cases involving theft of intellectual property, and identified and reconstructed deleted, fragmented digital DNA files relevant to a multiple homicide investigation and death penalty trial.  A member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, she has presented at the group’s Annual Meeting and received its 2008 General Section Achievement Award.

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