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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.

Matt Ahrens

Vice President

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Matt Ahrens

Vice President

Matt leads and manages The Crypsis Group’s incident response and security services engagements.  A widely recognized expert at investigating data breaches, Matt has more than 15 years’ experience leading investigations of breaches involving distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, ransomware, and targeted threat actors.  Earlier in his career, Matt led incident responses, managed security operations, and developed security products for companies including LivingSocial and Neustar.  Certified as a Qualified Incident Response Assessor (QIRA) and a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Matt is a frequent speaker on cyber security topics, including threat intelligence, risk management, and the Internet of Things.

Jason Rebholz

Vice President

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Jason Rebholz

Vice President

A nationally recognized expert in incident response who regularly presents at industry events and before law enforcement groups, Jason oversees The Crypsis Group’s professional services and manages an active case load of incident response and security services engagements.  Prior to joining the Crypsis team, he spent six years at Mandiant, ending his tenure there as a manager and digital forensics lead.  Over the course of his career he has led numerous investigations into high-profile cyber security breaches across a wide range of industry sectors and among law enforcement agencies, and has served as an expert witness in legal proceedings.  In addition, Jason has used his consulting experience to lead training sessions for law enforcement, the federal government, and corporate security groups.

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.

Alex Gross

Vice President

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Alex Gross

Vice President

 As the head of 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, organizations, law firms, government agencies, and insurance companies.  In this capacity, he has handled intake of hundreds of data security incidents.  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.  Previously, he was an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, where he was lead prosecutor in numerous trials in New York State Supreme Court and Criminal Court.  

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 two of the security industry’s leading 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.

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