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Meet the Team

Our Dedicated Staff

Ryan Layton

Founder and CEO

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CEO, Founder and Board Member

Ryan is an accomplished business and technology professional with 20+ years of experience working with C-Level executives within the Fortune 1000 space.

As Co-founder and CEO of Secuvant, Ryan oversees vision, strategy and execution efforts for the firm.

Prior to Secuvant, Ryan spent 14 years in Sales and Services at Forsythe Technologies, where he built and managed a client portfolio producing revenues in excess of $40 Million annually. He has a proven track record utilizing his business and financial background to understand and leverage technology to meet business objectives. He further credits his success to his ability to build relationships based on integrity and trust.

Ryan holds a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Utah and an MS degree in Business Information Systems from Utah State University.

Jason Stokes

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
and Vice President, Security Services

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Jason Stokes is an accomplished cybersecurity executive with 30+ years of experience defending networks, fighting for the Department of Defense (DoD) and working alongside one of the leading information security organizations on the globe, Mandiant.

Prior to becoming VP Security Services, Jason held several increasingly responsible roles at Mandiant, where he spent almost eight years developing numerous service offerings that were designed to measure maturity balanced with risk tolerance, develop and implement entire programmatic lifecycles, and fully operate those security programs on behalf of the customer.

Prior to working in the civilian sector, Jason held numerous leadership and technical positions as a DoD contractor, both stateside and abroad, over the span of 12 years. He served as an Engineering Lead with the US Marines, tasked to rebuild and restructure large portions of its infrastructure in Afghanistan. Jason also worked as a Security Engineer and Deputy SOC Lead in Djibouti, Africa as well as the rebuilding of the USAFRICOM security program from the ground up. 

As a technical manager on numerous missions in Iraq, Jason managed teams of security engineers and analysts, while working with theater enterprise management, to ensure configuration and security requirements were met. Jason was also a Risk Management Officer responsible for accessing and tracking the risk associated with over 200 enterprise systems in Iraq. Additionally, he was a primary advisor to the Director of Communications and Information Systems. Having served as an Information Security Officer at Victory Base, Iraq, he was responsible for the security of over 120,000 mission-critical endpoints. 

Prior to his six years working overseas, Jason worked as an engineer for DISA and a Technical Project Manager for a large native-owned company where he integrated IT and InfoSec resources at numerous military installations. Jason also spent 12 years on active duty in the US Army and separated as a Senior Non-commissioned Officer.

As a strategist and leader, Jason is known for building well-rounded teams with expertise in developing and delivering tailored solutions for a myriad of industry verticals. His strong project management skills and ability to build flexible, long-term plans have resulted in increasingly larger renewals and scope for customer organizations.

His career is committed to security engineering, increasing visibility, risk management and improving efficiency, while using automation wherever possible.

When Jason is not actively developing innovative solutions to reduce cyber risk, he can be found woodworking, gardening, camping and canoeing in Florida as well as enjoying quality time with his daughter. Jason believes in the elegance and efficiency of simplicity in life and work. Identity is the only perimeter. Fight bad guys and defend the network.

Manish Jain

Vice President, Risk Services

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Manish is a veteran cybersecurity executive currently serving as Director of Risk Services. With 20 years of leadership and technologist experience, he has extensive knowledge in information technology risk management, regulatory compliance, data privacy, and security program management.

Manish specializes in solving complex business problems and building innovative, converged cybersecurity programs, as well as establishing and improving information security governance and compliance functions for optimal efficiency, effectiveness, and ROI.

Outside of cybersecurity, Manish is passionate about photography, traveling the world, and exploring new cultures with his wife and two children.

Manish holds a graduate degree in Information Systems Management and has numerous industry designations, including CISSP, CISA, CISM, CRISC and CDPSE.

LaTasha Keener

 Director of Tactical Operations and Service Delivery

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Currently serving as Secuvant’s Director of Tactical Operations and Service Delivery, LaTasha Keener is a dedicated professional with a focus on cybersecurity, network management, leadership and performance development. Working alongside some of the most notable security teams, LaTasha has overseen tier-level analysts and administrators to provide security response and NOC services.  

 

LaTasha (Nikki) Keener is an experienced Cyber Security Leader and analyst with over 20 years of experience in the IT field. She began her career in the United States Navy where she was trained as an Information Systems Technician (IT). During her enlistment in the Navy, LaTasha was trained in Satellite Communication (SATCOM), computer networking and UNIX administration. She is a proud veteran who has served in two combat campaigns; Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  

 

After completing her enlistment LaTasha continued her career working for the Department of Defense as a contractor for various combatant commands such as U.S. AFRICOM, U.S. EUCOM and DISA Europe as a security analyst. After leaving the DoD, Latasha step into various senior level roles leading incident response for tier 1-3 analyst, NOC services, SIEM maturation and customer onboarding for various industry verticals. LaTasha’s multidisciplinary background and leadership experience is a welcoming add to the growing Secuvant team of security professionals

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