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Dave Merkel

CEO and Co-founderExpel

Herndon, VA 20170

Member Since November 2022


Information Security
Computer Security


Seasoned information technology and business executive with 20+ years of experience in all aspects of information security; successful software startup experience. Bootstrapped an enterprise software business from the ground up, bringing a new security product to market. Established new business lines, including a managed service offering. Responsible for continued growth of the business and establishing new and innovative product offerings. Formerly responsible for multi-divisional security programs including policy formulation, enterprise-wide incident response, and security infrastructure. Background includes hands-on experience, from forensic investigation to incident response and security assurance. Prior experience as a Federal Law Enforcement Agent specializing in computer crime and digital forensics. Specialties: Infrastructure security technologies, public key infrastructure, security policy and regulation, IT organization leadership, incident response, security assurance, computer crime investigation, engineering executive, sales and marketing in a start-up environment

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Diversifying the tech workforce starts with equity and inclusivity


Ultimately, diversity isn’t just about getting new faces in the door. It’s also about ensuring every employee has the tools and resources they need to succeed, and that they feel supported at every level of the organization.

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Company bio

Security that makes sense and can be, dare we say, delightful. We're a secops provider that offers managed detection and response (MDR), remediation, phishing, and threat hunting. Our platform and people work together to make sense of your security signal—with your business in mind—to detect, understand, and fix issues fast. And be sure to subscribe to our blog for takes on the latest infosec trends, tech, attack vectors, along with tales from our SOC and so much more.



Area of focus

Transparent managed security
Resilience recommendations
Monitor 24x7

Company size

201 - 500