Our Story

Cigent’s suite of data security products were created by an ex-National Security Agency employee with over 20 years of experience in the intelligence world, a hard drive expert with 15 years of experience recovering, destroying, and creating data storage media, and an ethical hacker who trains organizations all over the US on how to protect themselves including cities, private organizations and NASA.
Existing tools were only effective up to a point. We knew that the bad guys eventually get in. So we decided to look at ways to protect the most critical asset: The data. Our products were born from this research.

Leadership

Brad Rowe

Chief Executive Officer

Brad Rowe (CEO) – Brad Rowe has over thirty years as an executive at Hewlett-Packard, Western Digital, SystemSoft, Accunit, and Pumatech/Intellisync which he co-founded with Steve Nicol, and ran as CEO both as a private and public, NASDAQ-listed company.  Brad has a BSE from Princeton.

John Benkert

SVP Strategic Development

John Benkert (SVP Strategic Development) – John has over 35 years of experience in commercial and government organizations working at the American Embassy Oslo, Norway and the National Security Agency, where he received training in operational tradecraft including advanced data recovery, hacking techniques, computer security and forensics. While at NSA he was awarded the National Scientific Achievement Award for his technological innovations.

Greg Scasny

Chief Technology Officer

Greg Scasny (CTO) – Greg Scasny has over 20 years of experience in IT and information Security. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Technology, with a focus on networking, security, and communications. Greg has a passion for taking complex business and security problems and creating innovative scalable solutions that can be deployed quickly and operated efficiently.

Tony Fessel

VP Engineering

Tony Fessel (VP Engineering) – Tony Fessel is a designer, developer, and researcher with a deep understanding of technology, a tenacious desire to identify and solve problems through creative design, and nearly 15 years of experience creating storage-focused products and applications for commercial and government markets. Tony’s design experience ranges from firmware-level storage systems up to simple, scalable, intuitive applications.

Steve Nicol

SVP Sales and Marketing

Steve Nicol (SVP Sales and Marketing) – Steve Nicol has worked as a sales and marketing executive in several technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Western Digital, Systemsoft, and Accela Inc. In 1993 he co-founded Pumatech/Intellisync with Brad Rowe and helped lead the company through a successful IPO in 1996. Steve has a BA from Princeton.

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