Jan 07 2022

Philadelphia Cybersecurity Firm Hires Top Talent from Mandiant

MALVERN, PA, January 7, 2022 – Layer 8 Security, a cybersecurity consulting services firm in the Philadelphia region, has hired Sean Toolan, MBA, CISSP, as Vice President of Cyber Governance, Risk, and Compliance.

Prior to joining Layer 8 Security, Sean was a Senior Advisor and Cyber Threat Program Manager at Mandiant, leading cyber threat management initiatives, incident response activities, and election protection efforts for their largest municipal client.

He also has experience as a Senior Manager at PwC, where he worked from 2014-2020. While at PwC, Sean led global cyber maturity readiness efforts for the Global CIO division and led projects such as a cybersecurity strategy rollout for a Fortune 20 telecommunications company, encryption management implementation for a $200+ billion media company, and enterprise cyber risk assessments for Fortune 50 companies.

“In 2022, there will be increased scrutiny of software supply chains, and Boards of Directors will need to elevate their programs,” said Sean Toolan.

“Ransomware attacks will continue to increase for the foreseeable future, and the cyber community will need to continue to evolve its workforce to support cyber risk and threat management integration models as much as possible. We have a lot of work to do, but at Layer 8 Security I feel like we’re ideally positioned to address these emerging challenges.”

“Sean brings a compliment of operational leadership mixed with forward-thinking on how to tackle cybersecurity and data privacy challenges,” said Jeff Lipson, CEO of Layer 8 Security. “We’ve had our eye on Sean’s career progression and are excited to call him a teammate.”

In addition to his career in private industry, Sean served as an active duty and reserve Marine Corps officer for over sixteen years, deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Central America in support of combat and humanitarian operations. He holds an MBA in Information Strategy and Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Information Technology from the U.S. Naval Academy, and is an active CISSP professional.

“As technology becomes more prevalent in everyday life and the world becomes more closely connected through it, we need to help businesses secure their data and protect digital infrastructures,” said Sean. “As with many on the Layer 8 Security team, I feel a call to serve others. Given the breadth of clients we have in a multitude of industries, I look forward to helping organizations seeking to become more cyber resilient. I’m very excited to join the team and further drive us forward.”

About Layer 8 Security

Layer 8 Security is a comprehensive cybersecurity services company focused on keeping businesses in business. The staff received extensive experience and training from operations serving in the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, DoD, Special Operations, Defense and Private Industries. We served at home and abroad, and many of us still serve our country today in the military Reserve. Now we’re bringing the best of breed practices to the commercial marketplace. Our team has decades of experience servicing complex, multifaceted IT Security needs in warfare, private industry, and government.