As more Concentric clients requested digital protection, Concentric hired experts from organizations like NSA, US Navy and Scotland Yard to custom build security tools – and they proved to be highly effective.
To meet the growing demand for Concentric’s technology and offer the highest level of digital security at scale, Concentric spun out its cyber division to become Rubica in December 2016. To date, Rubica has raised $14.6M of investment and has offices in San Francisco and Seattle.
We are entrepreneurs, dreamers, pragmatists, computer scientists, cryptologists, and above all, cyber security experts. We are a close-knit, diverse team that appreciates unique perspectives and authenticity, rewards creativity and adaptiveness, and strives to empower both our employees and our clients.
We believe diversity and inclusion is an imperative, not a “nice to have,” and we are committed to retaining, developing, and promoting diverse individuals throughout all departments at Rubica.
Co-Founder & CEOFrances Dewing is the CEO and co-founder of Rubica. Since the company’s inception, Frances built and directed Rubica’s core operations teams, including cyber operations, customer support, finance, legal and human resources. Formerly COO of Concentric Advisors, a consultancy specializing in cyber and physical security for some of the world’s most high-profile figures, Frances was instrumental in developing Concentric’s business in Seattle and Silicon Valley. Frances is a Washington State attorney with a JD from the University of Washington.
Founder & PresidentRoderick Jones began his career with Scotland Yard’s Special Branch focused on international terrorism and the close protection of a prominent British cabinet member. Following his move to San Francisco Roderick founded the private security company Concentric Advisors, and served as CEO for seven years growing it to become the largest and most influential privately held security firm on the west coast of the United States. Roderick has consulted widely on next-generation security projects with the United States military and intelligence community, notably the impact of online gaming and virtual worlds as well as the threat of computer hacking to financial markets. He has been asked to brief at the White House, Downing Street and the Pentagon on a variety of national security topics during his career, and is a frequent guest speaker at national and international conferences. Roderick has a Master’s degree in History from the University of Cambridge and further professional qualifications from MIT.
Chief Technology OfficerRyan Denniston brings more than 15 years of experience in software engineering and computer security, including R&D for US government cyber defense systems and enterprise software security testing. Ryan was formerly in the Marine Corps and contracted with NSA. He holds a master’s degree in offensive computer security/information assurance from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hawaii Pacific University. He is an active Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
VP, Rubica Private ClientBen Keogh runs the Private Client group at Rubica. In this capacity he is responsible for working with our channel partners to help educate their clients on the cybercrime landscape and what they can do to protect themselves, and to then work directly with those clients that need Rubica’s services. Ben has spent most of the last 15 years working with technology startups, one of which he co-founded. Over that time, he has been involved with raising money, taking product to market, building sales teams and sourcing and managing channel partners. He has worked for UBS Wealth Management, as a financial advisor in Seattle where he was responsible for bringing in new clients and managing existing clients. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from Oxford University where he also captained the golf team.
Robert Hannigan has decades of experience in intelligence and security, including as the UK Prime Minister’s security adviser; director-general of Defence and Intelligence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and director of the signals intelligence and cryptography agency the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). While at GCHQ, Hannigan led the creation of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). In 2017 Hannigan was appointed to the UK’s Defence Innovation Advisory Panel, which provides guidance on efforts to transform the UK’s defence and national security. He is known for advocating for increased cooperation of technology companies and government to defend against abuses of encryption technology and cyber attacks. He is one of the few non-US nationals to be have been awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal.
John M. Jack
John M. Jack has more than 37 years of experience in sales, marketing and executive management in the software and cyber security sectors. A board partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz LLC, Jack has held various executive positions at numerous software companies, including Fortify Software, The Vantive Corporation, and Sybase. He also is a director at several security technology firms, including AlienVault, Contrast Security, Respond Software and Illumio.
Chase Franklin has over 25 years of software development and business strategy experience, with a particular interest in software services that enable trusted intermediary business models. Chase has more than a decade of experience as a CEO, product manager and designer, with demonstrated skills in team formation and retention, visionary company strategy development and execution, and business operations management. Mr. Franklin is the recipient of multiple patents relating to the design of Microsoft and Qpass technologies in the areas of commerce, secure payments, business process management and customer management in highly scaled network operating environments.
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