Rising Star – Daniel J. Rogers

Category: Rising Star

Name: Daniel J. Rogers      

Title: CEO and Co-Founder 

Company: Terbium Labs

Profile: Daniel Rogers founded Terbium Labs on a simple yet sobering reality: critical data will always be a risk, and data breaches are inevitable.

Considering that 85 percent of breaches are detected by a third-party and that the average breach takes more than 200 days to discover, there's a burning need to identify and remediate data breaches much faster.

Rogers and a colleague from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory created Matchlight out of a conversation with a CISO at a bank. The CISO asked the duo to monitor their client list for an unexpected leak. The catch was that the bank couldn't provide them with the actual list. To meet this challenge, the two built the Matchlight dark web search engine and devised a patented data fingerprinting technique that creates one-way digital signatures of client information, allowing the system to search for information without ever needed to see or store it.

Rogers came well-prepared for his work at Terbium after managing a portfolio of physics and sensor research projects at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. As a computational physicist he completed his thesis work and wrote a book on quantum cryptography. He has experience supporting defense and intelligence community cyber operations as well as start-up experience in the defense, energy and biotechnology sectors. Rogers has held positions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The security industry has become consumed and driven by fear, uncertainty and doubt. Rogers' personality and leadership style along with the company's overall approach to information security bucks this belief system entirely. Rogers and his team leave hyperbole at the door, striving to deliver truthful information and practical security solutions to today's tough and complex security issues.

What colleagues say: "A strong management team and visionary leader at the helm is the backbone of any successful company.  Danny's vision, understanding of the marketplace and management style is as unique and rewarding as the product he created.  He encompasses the critical skills you expect in a great leader and rising star: strong communication skills; ability to motivate and encourage others to excel; effective delegation; is trustworthy and responsible; delivers useful feedback in a constructive way; is totally committed to customers, employees, investors and partners; and is undeniably passionate about what he does." 

- Greg Dracon, Partner at .406 Ventures

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