SideChannel started from the belief that small and mid-sized organizations deserved the expertise of an industry experienced CISO just as much as any larger enterprise, but at a cost they could manage.  Those transformational experts joined to create an advisory firm that goes beyond mere security consulting and playbooks.


Together, the SideChannel team offers an unparalleled level of insight and leadership in cybersecurity focused on simple engagements that net attainable results.

Brian Haugli

Managing Partner &


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Brian has been driving security programs for two decades and brings a true practitioner's approach to the industry.  He creates a more realistic way to address information security and data protection issues for organizations.  Brian is a renowned speaker and expert on NIST guidance, threat intelligence implementations, and strategic organizational initiatives. 

Nick Hnatiw

Partner & CTO

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Nick has more than 15 years of experience creating technologies spanning network security to artificial intelligence and robotics. He has served as the founder, majority owner and CEO of a network security firm and as a technical director within US Cyber Command. As CTO, Nick is responsible for the creation of repeatable processes and to drive the technical direction of the technologies.

Akash Desai

Partner & Head of Channel

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Akash has founded and exited two high-growth SaaS companies. His expertise revolves around building and motivating a team and creating a vision and strategy for a company and translating those into actionable and measurable tactics. Akash is adept at growth strategy (via acquisitions, engineering high same-customer growth, and channel partner development), product strategy, and operations.



Principal Consultant

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For the last 10+ years Bill Roberts has been a built out a comprehensive cyber security and program and has been a leader in all aspects of information technology for the past 25+ years in the Life Sciences sector. He has extensive experiences with security, privacy, and compliance Frameworks, such as NIST CSF, HIPAA, SOX ITGC and GDPR.  In addition, he has participated in 10+ M&A due diligence and integration projects including 2 divestitures of company assets.      


He has most recently served as the VP, IS & CISO for Hologic, Inc a global medical device company where he established Hologic’s Cyber Security and IT Compliance Programs.  In addition, he led the Infrastructure Services, International IS and served in IS Divisional Leadership role for the Surgical Division. 


Previously to Hologic he was VP of IS for Cytyc Corporation which was acquired by Hologic in October 2007.  At Cytyc he managed Global IT as the company grew from 140 employees to over 1500 and revenue of $40 million to over $750 Million.

Sean Lowder

Principal Consultant

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Sean K. Lowder has been a cyber security evangelist and practitioner in the industry for 20+ years. He has extensive experience building business-savvy cyber security programs that meet risk reduction requirements as set by the company.  He has various industry certifications, including Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and others. 

Mr. Lowder has extensive experience in preparing for SOC1, SOC2, HIPAA, PCI DSS, Hitrust and financial auditing for all information security areas. He specializes in the maturation of the risk and compliance management practices and development of a strategic plan and technology roadmap for all security technologies and practices.



Principal Consultant

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Wesley is a seasoned cyber security professional who led security programs at the world’s largest banking, technology and reinsurance companies. He built locally customized security programs for offices in over 15 countries and is well versed in the legal, regulatory and cultural intricacies of building out cyber programs on an international scale. He specializes in integrating security into the fabric of the business and aligning security with revenue driving next generation business initiatives. He holds an Ivy League Executive Masters Degree in Cyber Security from Brown University as well as the CISSP, CCSP and CCSK certifications. He currently supports New York area clients as their virtual CISO.

David Chasteen

Principal Consultant

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David has been a leader and communicator in national security and information security for two decades, with a particular focus on NIST framework, critical infrastructure security and advanced threat intelligence. He has built best-in-class, collaborative programs at local, federal and nonprofit institutions and has a passion for community service, change leadership and fostering inclusive organizational cultures. He currently supports San Francisco area clients as their virtual CISO.


David was most recently the CISO for the San Francisco Police Department and previously served as the Executive Officer of the CIA's Covert Action Staff, a CTO at L-3 MPRI and a founding member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He was technical consultant for Amazon's Jack Ryan.

Joe Klein

Principal Consultant

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Joe Klein is a cybersecurity executive with 20+ years experience working to improve overall security posture of organizations and ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT infrastructure. Seasoned at serving as a trusted advisor to senior executives, Mr. Klein is skilled at assessing cybersecurity maturity, long-term strategic planning, security product evaluations, project management, incident response planning (IRP), data protection, identity & access management, and security awareness training. 


He has previously served as CISO for the financial technology SasS company, Billtrust as well as the industrial battery manufacturing firm, EnerSys.  


Mr. Klein has earned a Masters Degree in Cybersecurity from University of Delaware, a Masters Degree in Information Systems from Drexel University and holds both CISSP and PMP certifications. 

Scott Morris

Principal Consultant

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Scott has spent the last 20+ years listening, learning, understanding and specializing in information security and risk management to enable successful business outcomes.  He focuses on the security and protection of organizational data and processes. Scott has a collaborative spirit that allows him to build effective cybersecurity outcomes that drive effective change, innovative strategies and forward-thinking solutions.   He delivers success with appropriate mitigation of cybersecurity risk.

Eric Gauthier

Principal Consultant

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Eric Gauthier is a technology leader with twenty years’ experience architecting solutions and managing security, IT infrastructure, and devops teams. Eric has successfully led PCI, SOC, and GDPR compliance projects and built security programs in various settings including corporate, academic, and service provider. Eric’s current focus is addressing the unique security challenges for cloud-native organizations and driving the adoption of DevSecOps - the embedding of security into fast-paced IT, development and devops teams - particularly for eCommerce and SaaS providers. 

Yaron Levi

Principal Consultant

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Yaron is an exceptional leader in healthcare where he's held roles to manage teams & be responsible for information risk management, cyber defense, regulatory and compliance, architecture and engineering, and identity and access management.  Yaron is a Research Fellow for the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). He is a co-chair and lead architect of the Cloud Enterprise Architecture, Contributor to the Consensus Assessments Initiative Questionnaire (CAIQ), Cloud Controls Matrix and Promoted the CSA as best practice in various cloud projects with various Fortune 500 companies.


Yaron is the co-founder of the Kansas City CISO forum, B-Sides Kansas City, and is a frequent speaker on Cyber Security Architecture, DevSecOps and Cyber Defense.

Justin Armstrong


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A programmer for most of his life, Justin has worked in Software Development at MEDITECH for over 20 years and is responsible for the security of MEDITECH applications and platforms. In addition to his experience with product development and a secure SDLC, he has assisted healthcare organizations around the globe with cybersecurity preparedness and incident response.

Malcolm Harkins


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Malcolm Harkins is currently an independent board member and advisor to organizations.  He is also an executive coach to CISOs and others in a wide variety of information risk roles.  Previously Malcolm was the Chief Security and Trust Officer at Cylance Inc.  In this role he reported to the CEO and was responsible for enabling business growth through trusted infrastructure, systems, and business processes. Malcolm was also previously Vice President and Chief Security and Privacy Officer (CSPO) at Intel Corporation.  In that role Malcolm was responsible for managing the risk, controls, privacy, security, and other related compliance activities for all of Intel’s information assets, products, and services.

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