Meet Praetorian's Leadership Team

Our team members come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialties. Previous employers include Symantec, McAfee, IBM, Intel, Rapid7, Sun Microsystems, Dell, National Instruments, Lawrence Livermore National Labs and PricewaterhouseCoopers. All consultants come from a computer science, engineering, or information systems discipline and many consultants have obtained masters and doctorates. Our team members include published authors, technical editors, open source developers, industry researchers, and conference presenters.

Nathan Sportsman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Nathan Sportsman

As the Founder and CEO of Praetorian, Nathan is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of the company. Prior to founding Praetorian, Nathan's previous work experience included industry-leading companies such as McAfee, Symantec, and Sun Microsystems. His consulting experience has crossed most industry sectors and clients have ranged from Wall St and Silicon Valley to government intelligence agencies and renowned educational institutions.

An active participant in the security community, Nathan is a frequent public speaker and has lectured on the latest hacking techniques for the National Security Agency, served as an instructor for the Ultimate Hacking Series at Black Hat, and is a regular speaker for various security organizations such as ISSA, Infragard, and OWASP. In addition, Nathan is a contributing author to the 6th & 7th Editions of the world's best-selling computer security book, Hacking Exposed.

An engineer by trade, Nathan is a U.S. patent holder (issue no. 7444268), a NIST individual contributor, and an open source developer. Nathan holds a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Peter F. Najera, COO

Peter F. Najera

As Praetorian's Chief Operating Officer, Peter brings vast experience and an incredible track record of success that will enable Praetorian to transition from 10M start-up to 100M+ company and beyond. Peter’s irreproachable integrity, servant leadership philosophy, and commitment to conscious capitalism will help to ensure that we continue to scale in the right way.

Most recently, Peter served as COO at Sterling Foundation. Sterling is a multi-faceted financial services and charitable planning firm with over $1.5 billion in assets under management. At Sterling, Peter was responsible for the day to day operations of the firm across multiple departments reporting directly to the CEO and Chairman. Prior to joining Sterling, Peter served as VP of Operations at Enviva, which he helped build from a pre-revenue startup with 10 employees to a $300 million international operation and the world’s largest biomass energy company. A recognized expert in Lean Thinking, Peter successfully established a culture of continuous improvement and built a high-performing team that achieved excellence in every corner of the enterprise.

A former Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army with Airborne and Ranger training, Peter honed his leadership and critical thinking skills as a combat veteran in adverse and high pressure conditions around the world to include the DMZ in Korea, the Cold War border between East and West Germany, Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, and the Green Line in Cyprus. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Valorous Unit Award for his combat service.

Peter has been recognized with a number of national and regional leadership awards including the prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award, the Draper Leadership Award, and Notre Dame’s Corby Award for distinguished government service. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Pete has also served as a Young Leader Fellow in Britain, France, Austria and Japan.

A trained strategist, Peter also served in the Pentagon as a Harvard Fellow and advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and later in the Executive Office of the President as a White House Fellow. Peter earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and earned his master’s degree from Harvard University.

Josh Abraham, VP of Professional Services

Josh Abraham

At Praetorian, Josh is a key member of the technical execution team. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading, directing, and executing client-facing engagements that include Praetorian's tactical and strategic service offerings. Prior to joining Praetorian, Josh spent six years at Rapid7 where he helped build the company's professional services division, defined the firm's core methodologies, and trained new employees on the latest hacking techniques.

Over the years, Josh has become a well-known resource for his contributions to the information security space. An avid researcher and presenter, Josh has spoken at numerous conferences including BlackHat, DefCon, ShmooCon, The SANS Pentest Summit, Infosec World, SOURCE Barcelona, CSI, OWASP, LinuxWorld, Comdex, and BLUG.

In his spare time, Josh is a contributing developer to numerous open source security projects such as the BackTrack LiveCD, BeEF, Nikto, Fierce, Metasploit, GISKismet, and PBNJ. Josh is also a respected security resource to the media and has been quoted by news outlets such as ComputerWorld, DarkReading, and SC Magazine. Josh holds a BS in Computer Science from Northeastern University.

Mark Brady, VP of Sales

Mark Brady

As VP of Sales, Mark is responsible for Praetorian’s sales strategy and execution. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in high-tech working for both hardware and software manufacturers. Mark has restructured sales teams, changed the focus from selling direct to leveraging partners and led teams through the transition from selling premise-based to cloud-based solutions. His strengths include sales, business development, leadership, talent development, team-building, change management, and strategic planning.

Before joining Praetorian, Mark held leadership positions at Lifesize (VP of Sales for the East and Central), Scala (VP of Business Development, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances and Director of Channel Development) and Lexmark (Dell Alliance Manager). In addition, Mark also held positions with Dell, Activant Solutions (now Epicor) and AVW-Telav (now Freeman AV).

Mark holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Park University and an MBA from Cornell University.

Paul West Jauregui, VP Marketing

Paul Jauregui

Paul is responsible for leading Praetorian's overall marketing efforts, including lead generation, advertising, branding, corporate communications and public relations. Paul is also acting business lead for Praetorian’s Internet of Things (IoT) service line, working alongside a team of security engineers who provide end-to-end IoT penetration testing—from chip to code—for today’s leading organizations, including GE, Whirlpool, Kimberly-Clark, Ingenu, J&J, and others. His creative work in advancing IoT security has been featured by Fortune Magazine, NBC News, BusinessWeek, and TechCrunch. Paul is currently focused on leveraging his team’s engineering culture in innovative ways to help position Praetorian as one of the most respected information security companies in the world.

Before joining Praetorian, Paul served as creative director for Myover Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing multi-disciplinary teams in the development and production of creative marketing solutions that generated results for clients.

Paul earned his Masters in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, from St. Edward's University and his Bachelors of Science in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an active member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).