Robert Smith

CTO, Mobile Active Defense

Rob Smith, as the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Mobile Active Defense (M.A.D.), he brings over two decades of technology design, support and management experience to the company. Mr. Smith oversees daily operations of product design and development and sets the strategic direction of the company’s technology and engineering endeavors.

Under his direction and leadership, Mobile Active Defense, has won industry recognized awards such as “Rookie Security Company of the Year 2011” (SC Magazine), Mega Trend Award 2011 (Technology Association of GA), Cool Vendor in Enterprise Mobility 2011 by Gartner Inc. and Innovator of the Year in Mobile Device Protection 2011 (SC Magazine and SC Labs) to name a few.

In his most recent role, before founding M.A.D., Mr. Smith was the Chief Executive Officer of MSS Security Services GmbH, one of the largest managed security services firms in Europe. Prior to MSS, Mr. Smith was the CEO for SNC Secure Networking Company AG, which was Germany’s first dedicated managed services provider. While at SNC, Mr. Smith designed the industry’s first Unified Threat Management (UTM) device to protect consumers and small business from viruses, SPAM, Phishing attacks, and malicious hacking from the Internet. From this invention, Mr. Smith currently holds 7 patents.

In June 1998, Mr. Smith came on board as a product manager of VeriSign, Inc. During his time at the company, Mr. Smith designed several industry-first applications including the first ever reporting and diagnostic tools for Check Point firewalls. He also designed Go Secure!, a program that enables secure communications over the Internet by creating a Virtual Private Network (VPN), for both Cisco Systems and Check Point. In addition, he worked on several large-scale projects for such organizations as European Bank, Coca-Cola, AT&T, First Union and NASA.

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