We are built for cybersecurity.

Echelon was born from the idea that cybersecurity isn’t something that a professional services firm can just dabble in. Cybersecurity, privacy and technology risk present major threats that disrupt our way of life. That threat is constantly evolving, so we are too. We see it as our calling to stem the tide. We are all in.

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Our Story

Security is Personal

Echelon was built with a purpose. While other cybersecurity professional services firms tout what they do, few can articulate why they do it. We know exactly what drives us - protecting your basic right to security and privacy.

Our origin story begins with our name. The echelon formation creates a staggered but unified front, used to successfully provide excellent range of vision and protection to each participant. From our name, to how we conduct and manage ourselves on a day-to-day basis, we are built to be that trusted ally.

We are Echelon.
Our Philosophy

See Cybersecurity, Clearly

Navigating the cybersecurity landscape can be very confusing and overwhelming without the right experience and guidance. A trusted and honest partner can help you to define your cybersecurity and technology risk strategies with confidence. We set ourselves apart from our competition by focusing on relationships and service above all.

Laser Focused

Managing cybersecurity, privacy and technology risk is at the core of what we do. It is all we do.

Mission + Values Driven

Our clients choose us not only for what we do, but why we do it. It’s our personal mission to make our clients stronger and smarter.

Tailored Solutions + Outcomes

We focus on your needs, not our solutions. By identifying the areas most at risk, we can achieve outcomes with solutions that are tailored for you.

Cyber Community Leadership

Our team takes pride in contributing and participating in our cyber community. It gives us an edge that helps our team and clients stay vigilant.

Founder's Message

We believe that security and privacy are basic human rights.

The cyber threat landscape is littered with persistent and sophisticated actors who are benefitting by disrupting our government, major institutions, privately held businesses, public companies and our individual safety and privacy. SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline are just the latest headlines.

The organizations constantly bombarded by threats are the same organizations that make it possible for us to fill our cars with gas so we can make tee-ball practice. They hold our life’s savings, they produce the software that runs the flow of traffic on our streets and the grid that powers our homes.

There is only so much difference one person, one idea, one firm can make. This is why, as we serve our clients, we also pledge to serve the greater cybersecurity community that is fighting this battle along with us. We take our mission to heart.

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Our Team

Industry Experts

We believe the best cybersecurity teams are made up of people from varied backgrounds. Diverse backgrounds mean diverse experiences, and flexible thinking in the face of threats.

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Dan Desko
CEO + Managing Partner
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification-Registered Practitioner (CMMC-RP) Certified Third-Party Risk Assessor (CTPRA) Certified Third-Party Risk Professional (CTPRP)

Dan is CEO & Managing Partner at Echelon. With nearly 20 years of experience in IT, audit, risk and cybersecurity, he has led and built highly focused cybersecurity teams at top professional service firms before joining Echelon. Dan’s experience establishing and offering new and innovative lines of cybersecurity services not only provides leadership across the industry and organization, it’s the reason Echelon was built and serves as its vision for growth.

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Chris Debo
Principal Consultant
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Senior Lead Implementer
  • A seasoned information security and risk management professional, Chris’ 20-year career has spanned multiple industries and disciplines at Fortune 100 corporations, two of the ten largest banks in the world, and Big 4 consulting. Chris has also designed and taught graduate courses in data analytics and security at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and brings unique knowledge of application architectures and design to every engagement.

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    Tom Garrubba
    Director of Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM) Services
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) Certified Third-Party Risk Professional (CTPRP) Certified Third-Party Risk Assessor (CTPRA)
  • Tom is an internationally recognized subject matter expert, author, consultant, lecturer, and instructor for the Certified Third-Party Risk Professional and Assessor (CTPRP, CTPRA) programs. He’s an experienced professional with over 20 years of experience in performing and consulting on IT and operational risk, security, privacy, audit, resilience, and compliance in various industries.

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    Dahvid Schloss
    Manager, Offensive Security Lead
  • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) CompTIA Security+ CompTIA Network+
  • With over 10 years of cyber-attack and defense experience, Dahvid has previously worked as a Red Team Operator with a Big 4 consulting firm, leading and conducting Adversarial Emulation exercises. He also previously served as an operator and liaison for the Joint Special Operations Command to other DoD agencies and several intelligence agencies, providing mission-critical planning and coordination of special operation cyber activities.

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    Paul Matvey
    Cybersecurity Manager
  • CompTIA A+ CompTIA Network+ Microsoft Certified Professional
  • Paul Matvey is a Cybersecurity Manager at Echelon with over 15 years of experience in IT Infrastructure design and management with a focus in cybersecurity. Prior to joining Echelon, he was the Director of IT and Cybersecurity Operations of a major professional services firm, and a Senior Systems Integrator at one the region's largest Managed Services Providers.

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    Ross Flynn
    Cybersecurity Manager
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Holistic Information Security Practitioner (HISP) EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP)
  • Ross enjoys helping our clients achieve measurable cybersecurity improvements in their businesses. Ross’ previous experience leading Disaster Recovery, Incident Response and Risk Management initiatives for a Fortune 200 international manufacturing organization, shaped his holistic approach to addressing security concerns. He equally prioritizes people, processes and technology to tailor fit solutions across highly complex technology environments.

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    Chereese Langley
    Senior Cybersecurity Consultant
  • Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor Certified CSF Practitioner (CCSFP) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification – Registered Practitioner (CMMC-RP)
  • Chereese is a Senior Cybersecurity Consultant with over five years of combined Internal Audit, Operations, Information Technology, and Cybersecurity Compliance experience for healthcare, financial services/investments, insurance, manufacturing, and higher education. Chereese has also focused her time with data analytics, automation, and building out metrics and reporting for security related measurables. With an infectious energy and passion for IT and Cybersecurity, Chereese is dedicated to helping clients achieve success.

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    James Stahl
    Senior Cybersecurity Consultant
  • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN)
  • James brings extensive experience performing Offensive Security assessments covering the full range of the MITRE ATT&CK framework. As a prior Red Team Operator at a Big 4 consulting firm, he has performed assessments and developed tradecraft to compromise organizations spanning the healthcare, automotive, consumer goods and government / public sector industries.

    Jeff Hoge
    Senior Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (ECIH) CompTIA Project+ Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Jeff has worked in IT for 18 years, including network engineering and systems administration. Most recently, he implemented and led the information security program at a regional healthcare insurer. His passion is helping individuals and organizations better defend themselves from cyber threats with an empathetic, relationship-oriented approach. Jeff currently serves as the Vice-President of the Triad of NC ISSA chapter and loves spending time with his wife and four children.

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    Jake Murphy
    Cybersecurity Consultant
  • eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT) eLearnSecurity Web Application Penetration Tester Extreme (eWPTX)
  • Jake has extensive experience in both building and pen testing web applications and network infrastructure. His work with bug bounties and the Bugcrowd platform has resulted in over 70 discovered vulnerabilities in Fortune 500 companies throughout the banking, retail and government industries.

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    Lily Clark
    Cybersecurity Consultant
  • eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT) INE Cloud Fundamentals Certification
  • Lily is an Offensive Security Consultant. She began her career on the business side with experience in sales, marketing, and client success. Her passions for privacy and problem solving led her to webapp and network penetration testing. In her free time, she enjoys growing her offensive security knowledge, playing CTFs, and watching Auburn football.

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    Luis Alberto Anton Delgadillo
    Cybersecurity Consultant
  • eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT)
  • As both an entrepreneur and consultant, Anton has helped companies reach digital transformation and fortify cybersecurity measures on all organizational levels. He has dedicated his career to learning how IT infrastructure helps companies reach their business objectives and is passionate about offensive security. He has experience with vulnerability assessments, pen testing, social engineering, cyber governance, risk and compliance.

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    Steeven Rodriguez
    Cybersecurity Consultant
  • eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT) CompTIA Pentest+ PaCSP – Cloud Security Professional
  • Steeven is an Offensive Security Consultant at Echelon. He began his career as a web and mobile developer prior to transitioning into cybersecurity and has previously worked as a penetration tester specializing in web and mobile testing. Steeven has led internal and external assessments for companies in banking, retail, and government. He has extensive experience generating realistic scenarios for social engineering exercises.​

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    Rodrigo Cano
    Social Media Intern
  • Rodrigo is studying communication and digital media at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara. He has experience creating digital media content as well as video and audio post-production for various brands. At Echelon, he manages social media accounts and enjoys coming up with creative marketing solutions.

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    Jonah Perry
    Cybersecurity Consultant Intern
  • Jonah is a recent graduate with a B.S. in Computer Science from St. Lawrence University. Through course work and CTFs, he has gained a deep understanding of ethical hacking, as well as experience with web-app pen testing.

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    Daniella Pairault
    Cybersecurity Consultant Intern
  • Daniella is finishing her B.S. in Computer Science and Software Engineering and minor in Business Administration at the University of Washington in Bothell. Through coursework and outside research, she has gained base understanding and developed a strong curiosity and interest to learn more about ethical hacking and risk advisory practices.

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