ISE is an independent security firm in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to aggressive defense strategies through advanced science. Our elite team of analysts and developers use scientific approaches to improve our clients’ overall security posture, protect digital assets, harden existing technologies, secure infrastructures, and work with development teams to ensure product security before deployment.

Our adversary-centric perspective allows us to understand not only the actions of threat actors, but to understand their mindset as well. Although our relationship with these nefarious elements is distant, it is also intimate: we interact with them regularly and bridge that distance by a passionate desire to understand them. Adopting their perspective in our own assessments allows us to identify future attack vectors, and prepare for them. The attacks are inevitable, but can be defeated with the right methodologies, the right defenses, and the right perspective.
Stephen Bono
In the eight years since Bono formed ISE, he has grown the Baltimore-based company into a cyber-threat mitigation and solutions entity widely recognized for its thought leadership, excellence, integrity, and dedication to its clients.

Bono’s unique approach has defined a proprietary methodology that attracts and utilizes a team of leading scientists, academics, and experts who specialize in the mindset of hackers. "You need to think like an attacker to defend against him. And furthermore, we endeavor to understand the business process surrounding our clients' assets; to develop mitigation strategies that promote business continuity, save costs, and still get them secure as fast as possible. Know your enemy; know yourself."

Bono has also incubated a powerful research division within ISE, making it one of the few companies to execute technology security evaluation while simultaneously forwarding the state of the art in new attacks and attack defenses. ISE’s involvement in the research community helps our team anticipate threats to our clients' assets, and allows us to provide cutting-edge modern mitigation strategies.
Ted Harrington
Ted Harrington drives key strategic objectives for ISE, engaging client goals and developing ISE business units around those goals. This business-centric perspective not only solves security vulnerabilities for ISE clients, but does so in conjunction with the enterprise objectives and work flows. Harrington advocates research as a benefit both to ISE’s brand as well as to the security community as a whole.

Harrington holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from Georgetown University, which he applies to ISE’s proprietary approach to threat modeling. Where many security experts are satisfied with understanding the attack, Harrington advocates progressive security modeling by understanding the attacker. A strong grasp of the adversarial methodology determines the most effective security mitigations.

Harrington has previously driven strategy for intentionally diverse entrepreneurial endeavors as CEO of start-up NMG, Director of Wolfpack Manufacturing, and CEO & Founder of W|Harrigton Ventures. Harrington is also an impassioned activist who has co-founded volunteer organizations, ranging from mentorship to political lobbying.
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