About Us

Fast Orientation was launched by a team of security industry veterans frustrated with the current state of enterprise security and inspired to improve the experience. Building on the success of their product experience and consulting work, the team has built a product that promotes a strong operational security posture and permits immediate identification, response, and resolution of threats and failures—allowing companies of all sizes to develop a natural intuition about their IT environment and reducing the need for unplanned, reactive, and expensive consulting engagements.

Founders

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... Paul Talamo

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Talamo is an experienced product developer, computer scientist, and security expert. At Fast Orientation, he is responsible for executing the product roadmap, managing developers, and expanding technical resources.

Paul is a founding member of the Security, Programming Languages, and Theory (SPLAT) laboratory at Stony Brook University where he earned his master's degree. Upon graduation, Paul worked at the National Security Agency, leading two critical projects and receiving the prestigious Theseus Labyrinth award. This award is granted to one team in the agency annually.

Before launching Fast Orientation, Paul was product owner for a commercially available cybersecurity product, managing 35 programmers spread across five scrum teams and three time zones.



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... Sam Small, Ph.D.

Chairman

Sam launched Fast Orientation in 2014 and was responsible for product vision and leading the company's security consulting practice during his tenure as CEO. Sam now serves as Chairman of Fast Orientation and is currently Chief Security Officer at ZeroFOX.

After earning his doctorate in computer science from Johns Hopkins University, Sam led an academic security research lab and launched two security start-ups. He has provided expert technology and security assessments of dozens of organizations and vendor products, including diligence for more than a dozen mergers and acquisitions with a total market value exceeding $300 million.

Sam has also served as an expert witness in several high-profile security, software, and network-related lawsuits. His work and research have been covered in publications including Wired, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New Scientist, CNET, ZDNet, and slashdot.

Advisory Board

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... Ed Jaehne
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... Joe Gottlieb
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... Stuart Itkin
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... Yanek Korff
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... Maria Kussmaul
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... Dave Merkel
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... Robert Rodriguez
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... Professor Avi Rubin
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... Sitki Timuçin, Ph.D.
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... Julian Waits