Arete Advisors announced the addition of four of the world’s foremost incident response and forensic investigators to its elite group of cybersecurity experts: Michael Stewart, Rae Jewell, Peter Hubert, and Matt Hanyok.
Together, the group brings decades of experience leading challenging, cyber incident response and forensics investigations into some of the most devastating cyberattacks and network breaches impacting the U.S. Government and major commercial verticals.
“As the cybersecurity skills gap becomes more acute, organizations are struggling to deal with the velocity and sophistication of ransomware, advanced cyberattacks, and the fall out of data breaches. This is driving tremendous demand for our elite incident response and forensics teams,” said Joe Mann, CEO and founder, Arete Advisors.
“This incredible team could not have joined Arete at a more opportune time. Their unique blend of talent and professionalism will augment the Arete leadership structure and help us continue to grow the business by providing excellent security services to our customers.”
The four cybersecurity experts will lead the Incident Response teams – guiding customers through forensic investigations and remediating on-going attacks.
Joining the Arete team are:
Pete Hubert, Director, Incident Response and vCISO Remediation Services
Hubert brings decades of experience responding to and defending against advanced cyberattacks. Previously, Hubert was Director, Incident Response and principle engagement lead for Fidelis Cybersecurity, where he managed and led some of the largest commercial cyber breach engagements. Hubert brings extensive experience with the USAF and General Dynamics leading critical cybersecurity programs with a national impact.
Rae Jewell, Director, Incident Response and Managed Detection and Response (MDR)
Jewell brings 20 years of experience to the Arete team, where he’ll lead the global 24/7 Managed Detection and Response support teams during and immediately following cyberattacks impacting clients. Previously, Jewell was a cybersecurity architect at Fidelis Cybersecurity, where he helped organizations identify and manage cybersecurity risk and built their commercial Security Operations Centers (SOCs).
Mike Stewart, Director of Operations – Incident Response
With a professional career built on top of a successful USAF career working in and around large classified data centers and communications facilities, Stewart has led some of the largest commercial cyber breach engagements – including global, multi-million dollar incidents involving dozens of responders from multiple firms. Stewart will manage Arete’s rapidly expanding fly away teams in the U.S., EMEA, and Asia.
Matt Hanyok, Senior Manager, Information Technology Systems and Services
Hanyok brings deep IT infrastructure experience to the Arete team, having managed IT networks and forensic laboratory platforms for the DoD Cyber Crime Center and Fidelis Cybersecurity. In his role at Arete, Hanyok will work directly with Arete CTO Kurt Bertone to enhance and manage the Arete infrastructure.
“I could not be more pleased to welcome this incredible team to Arete. Individually, each of them will be an incredible asset to our global operations and response teams,” said Mike Lotas, Incident Response Practice Lead, Arete Advisors.
“As a team that is used to working together for two decades under time sensitive and stressful incident response conditions, they are unbeatable.”