Ron is President at Gula Tech Adventures which focuses on cyber technology, strategy and policy. Since 2017, GTA has invested in dozens of cyber start-ups and supported multiple cyber funds. From 2002 to 2016, Ron was the co-founder and CEO of Tenable Network Security. He helped grow the company to 20,000 customers, raise $300m in venture capital and grow revenues to $100m, setting up the company for an IPO in 2018. Prior to Tenable, Ron was a cyber industry pioneer and developed one of the first commercial network intrusion detection systems called Dragon, ran risk mitigation for the first cloud company, was deploying network honeypots in the mid 90s for the DOD and was a penetration tester for the NSA and got to participate in some of the nation's first cyber exercises. Ron is involved in a variety of cyber nonprofits and think tanks including Defending Digital Campaigns, the Cyber Moonshot, the National Security Institute and the Wilson Center.
Cyndi Gula Managing Partner
Cyndi is a cyber start up operations expert. She has started and run licensing, human resources, legal, facilities, accounting, marketing, channel, support and sales operations for both Tenable Network Security, which went public on the NASDAQ in 2018, and Network Security Wizards, where she was President and helped it grow to a successful exit 18 months after being founded. As a Gula Tech Adventures managing partner, she is helping our cyber start-ups scale and make important decisions about their organizational structure, facilities, product licensing, customer support, recruiting strategy, culture, managing their cash flow and having the processes in place to succeed and have fun. Cyndi is Vice Chair of the Howard County Economic Development Board and is a 2016 graduate of the Leadership Howard County class. She has a Bachelor of Science in Glass Engineering from Alfred University. Cyndi is an advisory board member of the National Cyber Group and supports their mission to train 30 million K-12 students and 3 million teachers in cyber. Cyndi also volunteers as board president of A-OK Mentoring and is a board member of the Howard County Conservancy.