OUR MISSION

Our mission is to help unravel the mystery of cybersecurity by enabling our customers to protect themselves against the growing cyber threat.

OUR VISION

To be recognized as a leader in the cybersecurity industry focused on strategy, program management, incident response, forensic analysis, and risk management practices.

We want to make the world a better place by bringing cybersecurity education and awareness to the masses. 

We strive to cultivate a family-like work environment, with everyone contributing to the greater good of the company.

We are focused on providing the utmost value to our clients in everything that we do. We are compelled to make our customers heroes!

OUR VALUES

  • We will always focus on our customers and remember that our customers are our livelihood.
  • We will remember that we are a people company and that our team is key to our success.
  • We will always act in a professional, honest, and ethical manner.  Our integrity is everything!
  • We will never place profits ahead of our clients or teammates.  We know that our clients and teammates are the reason for our existence.
  • We are a faith-based corporation that believes in service to the community.

Our Leadership Team

Michael Lee Meline Jr.

Chief Executive Officer / Co-founder

Innovative, strategic, operationally efficient, and results oriented information security executive with detailed knowledge of all aspects of security and security leadership. Accomplished in the art of risk management and strategic planning that lead to executive decisions that balance the need to enable and support business goals with the need to ensure that the business has an appropriate level of Information Security and regulatory compliance. Mike is known to deliver a balanced understanding of cybersecurity risk, in a manner, that ensures that the presented material is suited to the specific audience.
Highly technical background balanced with the leadership experience to appropriately present information security concepts and strategies to the most technical person to the Board of Directors. I have worked as a law enforcement officer, an information security consultant, a United States Marine, and in a wide range of security leadership roles.
Adept at leading a risk-based approach to security that ensures unacceptable risks are prioritized and managed while working to keep the user experience positive. This approach minimizes costs and maximizes value. Information Security does not have to be expensive; it MUST be strategic!

Peripheral Achievements:
-Founder of the Community Security Coalition, a non-profit organization in the Pacific Northwest dedicated to educating companies, their executives, and their IT/IT Security on information security topics
-CISSP instructor
-Adjunct Professor Norwich School of Graduate Studies; MS in Info. Assurance.

Certifications:
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), PCI-Internal Security Assessor (PCI-ISA) (expired), Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP), Tenable Certified Nessus Auditor (TCNA), Certified Digital Forensics Examiner (C)DFE), AccessData Certified Forensic Examiner (ACE), Certified Network Forensics Examiner ( C)NFE)

Paul Carugati

Chief Operating Officer / Co-founder

Paul Carugati is an accomplished information security executive with a proven ability and rich expertise in the successful execution of Information Security programs in global organizations across multiple commercial industries.
Paul is a specialist in collaborative technologies, building high-performing teams, program management, fostering a culture of data protection through business enablement and risk management, and achieving positive, measurable behavioral change through accountability and integrity. He is an in-demand speaker who holds many accreditations and industry certifications showcasing his technical and business prowess.
Paul is passionate about raising community awareness about cybersecurity and privacy. Paul has spoken to and coached a variety of executives and members of the Board of Directors on the topic of cybersecurity.

Peripheral Achievements:
-President of the Community Security Coalition, 501c3 non-profit for cybersecurity education
-TEDx speaker – Cyber Self-Defense
-In-demand public speaker, on Risk-based Information Security and Cyber education/awareness

Certifications:
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C-CISO), Certified Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), AccessData Certified Forensic Examiner (ACE), CompTIA Cloud+

Our Credentials

 

With over 30 years of information and cybersecurity prowess, we have more than just practical experience; we proudly hold the industry’s most coveted professional certifications and accreditation. 

Call us 866-CYBER-86 | (208) 457-5300
Cyber Self-Defense World Headquarters
11100 N. Airport Rd
Hayden, ID 83835

Located in beautiful North Idaho