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.



... Sam Small, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Sam launched Fast Orientation in 2014 and is responsible for product vision and leading the company's security consulting practice.

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.


... Paul Talamo

Vice President of Products

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.


... Ed Jaehne

Chairman, Chief Revenue Officer

Ed Jaehne helped launch Fast Orientation and is responsible for leading its strategy, marketing, and sales activities.

Ed is an entrepreneur, strategist, and security expert. He has launched five start-ups, raised more than $350 million in public and private offerings, and has been part of more than 30 mergers and acquisitions—as buyer, seller, executive, or advisor—with a total market value of nearly $1 billion. He has over 30 years of experience in security and as an international executive.

Before joining Fast Orientation Ed was Chief Strategy Officer at two public companies (Essex Corporation and KEYW) and led the IPO at KEYW. He is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and is a frequent speaker on cyber risk and awareness.

Advisory Board

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