Our Company

About My Digital Shield

MyDigitalShield delivers the next generation of Fortune 500-grade cybersecurity and is the only provider in the market to move the edge of small businesses to a virtual, omnipresent perimeter. OmniShield™ and its many points of presence protects all types of devices from malicious activity whether in the office or on the road. MDS’ patented technology delivers robust yet simplified cloud security and eliminates bandwidth pollution, which is inherent to traditional premise-based security solutions. GrayVector™ inspection uses reputational algorithms so the right level of security is always applied at the right time.

MDS’ security and subscription-based pricing model was built from the ground up with the small businesses in mind.

For a list of our current job openings, check out the Careers page.

Leadership Team

Andrew Bagrin

Founder and CEO

Andrew Bagrin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of My Digital Shield (MDS), a leading provider of Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) for small businesses. With more than 17 years of experience in the IT security industry, Andrew started MDS in 2013 to bring cloud-based, enterprise-level security technology to small businesses at an affordable price.

Prior to founding MDS, Andrew served as the Director of Service Provider Business Development at Fortinet, a network security provider. He held the position from 2008 until 2013, focusing on new security offerings as well as gaps in the security market.

Andrew’s career in IT security began in 1997, working for several network security consulting companies. From 2000 to 2004, he served as the Director of Network and Security with Regal Entertainment Group. During his tenure, Andrew developed a 500-site area network, built and migrated a datacenter, and was a key asset in four strategic corporate acquisitions, which resulted in the largest theater chain in the world. Andrew then took a position with Check Point Software Technologies, where he worked on the managed security services business for four years.

Andrew’s contributions in the security space are a direct reflection of his desire to fill existing gaps within the industry. Being the son of an entrepreneur, Andrew credits his upbringing for helping shape his creative and solution-driven mindset.

A network security expert, Andrew has been quoted in a variety of media outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Small Business Computing, Columbia Business Law Review, and Business Solutions Magazine.

Ben Spink

Engineering & Development

Ben brings more than 15 years of experience in security software development, networking and server configuration to the My Digital Shield team. He has worked extensively with Unix, Linux, Windows and OSX in server deployments, as well as other technologies throughout his career. He has led coding and networking initiatives for a broad spectrum of enterprises including health care IT, managed file transfer and entertainment companies.

Ben founded CrushFTP, where he manages development and oversees networking, file transfer and day-to-day job management. Previously, he served as a software engineer for Regal Cinemas’ corporate offices, creating internal applications that managed business operations. Ben has also developed data transmission apps for McKesson, a health care IT company, and tested aircraft software and performed medical app programming with Esterline.

Tim Pazda

Vice President of Business Development

Tim Pazda is My Digital Shield’s (MDS) Vice President of Business Development. Tim is currently responsible for developing strategic partnerships with enterprise clients to help expand the MDS brand into emerging markets globally.

With more than 17 years of experience in Internet Security, Tim brings a broad range of expertise in marketing, business development and direct sales to Fortune 50 companies.

Tim’s career began in the United States Air Force as one of the first analysts with the Air Force Computer Emergency Response team, responding to cyber terrorism attacks against the US government. After receiving an honorable discharge, he then transitioned into consulting, focused primarily on the security landscape across numerous Fortune 100 companies. Tim also worked for Cisco Systems where he played a significant role in the integration of NetRanger Intrusion Detection platform into Cisco’s offering and its customer base.

Most recently, Tim worked in the telecommunications industry with SBC that eventually acquired AT&T and Cingular Wireless where he and MDS CEO and Founder Andrew Bagrin collaborated in the development of cloud-based security solutions that AT&T still leverages today across enterprise customers.

Leonard Dimiceli

Vice President of Channel Sales

Leonard Dimiceli is My Digital Shield’s (MDS) Vice President of Channel Sales. With more than 21 years of experience in technical sales and management, Leonard brings a wealth of knowledge and proven success in developing high performing teams. A dynamic leader with expertise in the recruitment, development and management of channels in the SMB space, Leonard is responsible for expanding MDS’ presence across the channel and spearheading thought leadership programs to drive the continued growth of the business.

Prior to joining My Digital Shield, Leonard served as the Vice President of Sales at Relynze, a value added distributor focused on building a unified security platform for managed service providers. Before that, he was the Vice President of Sales and Channel Chief for Nuvotera, a software-as- a-service (SaaS) security distributor focused on the SMB space. He also has a successful track record for growing and overseeing channels at Sage Software, Veritas and Quest Software.

Leonard continues to speak publicly and advise companies, both in the enterprise and SMB space, on best practices for customer acquisition, community development and brand identity. A veteran of the IT channel, Leonard has been included in MSPmentor’s list of top 250 most influential people in managed services and SMB Nation’s list of top 150 influencers. In addition, he currently serves on CompTIA’s advisory council.

Leonard holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Biola University, and currently lives in Carlsbad, CA where he enjoys mountain biking and spending time at the beach.

Advisory Board

Zak Karsan

Founder and CEO of Vault America

Zak Karsan is the Founder and CEO of Vault America, a cloud storage service provider offering white-labeled private and public hybrid cloud backup, disaster recovery, email archiving and file sharing solutions to channel partners.  In addition, he is the Co-Founder of SecureEDEN, developing patented hardware which sits between the users and the data or devices being protected, has security built-in, and is the basic building block of a secure network.

With over 20 years of experience in the technology sector focused primarily on hybrid cloud storage, disaster recovery, and security, Zak brings an inherent passion for game changing technologies and has a proven track record of growing emerging technology companies with a channel-first strategy by leveraging his extensive industry experience.  Throughout his career, Zak has held management positions at numerous technology companies including ARC Disaster Recovery, CO Space Services (acquired by InterNAP Network Services), VaultLogix (acquired by j2 Global) and OneCloud Software.

Caleb Sima

Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of BlueBox Security

Caleb Sima is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of BlueBox Security, a mobile data security company. Bluebox Security offers the first mobile data security and management solution to safeguard corporate data across the device, application and network. With more than 20 years of experience in the Internet security industry, Caleb is considered an expert on web security, penetration testing, and the identification of emerging security threats.

Prior to co-founding BlueBox Security, Caleb held a number of roles in the IT security industry, including CEO of Armorize Technologies, CTO for HP’s Application Security Center and Security Engineer for S1 Corporation. A Microsoft certified trainer, he has been an instructor at New Horizons Computer Learning Center since 2012. Caleb is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Visual Developer Security.

Steve Padgett

Senior Staff Network Architecture Google, Inc.

Steve Padgett is the Head of Networks and Perimeter Control at Google, Inc., focused specifically on the design and oversight of large-scale operating networks. A network security expert with a nearly 20 year-career, Steve has extensive experience in building and running IT departments, as well as in operations, engineering, security, and network architecture.

Prior to Google, Inc., Steve worked at AT&T/BellSouth as a Senior Network Manager, and earlier he served as the Director of Information Technology at Avana Communications, Inc. He holds the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification and received an MBA from Georgia State University and a BS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Robert May

Vice President of Product Management Fortinet, Inc.

Robert May currently serves as Vice President of Product Management at Fortinet, Inc. He has more than 15 years of experience in development and product management in the security and network industry.

Prior to Fortinet, Inc., Robert worked as a software engineer and software architect at a number of organizations including Canadian Space Agency, Nortel Networks, and most recently, IP Infusion. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Branden R. Williams

SVP Cyber Security at MUFG Union Bank

Dr. Branden R. Williams has over twenty years of experience in technology and information security both as a consultant and an executive.

Dr. Williams co-founded a technology services company that provided the foundation to a prominent e-learning company, and worked with a venture capitalist to build secure products and promote secure growth among portfolio companies.

Along the way he was a Director at VeriSign, a CTO at RSA, a Vice President at First Data and served on the PCI Board of Advisors. He is an author of four books on PCI Compliance and his other publications can be found at www.brandenwilliams.com.

Eddie Schwartz

President and COO, White Ops, Inc.

Eddie Schwartz is the President and Chief Operating Officer of White Ops, Inc. A cyber security expert with over 25 years of experience in the information security industry, Eddie has held a number of senior leadership positions throughout his career.

Previously, Eddie served as the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for RSA, Co-Founder and Vice President/CSO of NetWitness (acquired by EMC), EVP/CTO of ManTech, EVP and General Manager of Global Integrity (acquired by INS), SVP of Operations of Guardent (acquired by VeriSign), and VP/CISO of Nationwide Insurance.

Prior to launching his career within the information security space, Eddie served as a U.S. foreign service officer. He currently advises early stage security companies and serves on a number of industry committees including the Strategic Advisory Council for ISACA. He also teaches courses at George Mason University as an adjunct professor.

Eddie holds a BIS in Information Security Management and an MS in Information Technology Management from George Mason University.

Chris Johnson

CEO and founder of Untangled Solutions

Chris Johnson is CEO and founder of Untangled Solutions, his motto, “We untangle healthcare technology” has catapulted his company on to the go to short list for healthcare providers across the United States. With more than fifteen years of experience in IT services and web development, he specializes in helping medical practices make strategic HIT decisions that improve how providers safely treat their patients, productively run their practice and profitably manage their business.

With dual comfort zones of knowing IT and delivering strategic counsel regarding how technology can maximize medical practice performance and ensure compliance, he provides invaluable expertise to his clients, proven by Untangled Solutions’ continuous growth.

A thought leader in his industry and a desire to “give back”, Chris is the current Chair for CompTIA’s IT Security Community, an active CompTIA Ambassador and is the former chairperson of the Healthcare IT Community.

Specialties: EMR/PM Integration, small provider workflow strategies, Regulatory Compliance, network architecture and security, emphasis on providing outsourced HIT and EHR solutions.