About Us

About Digital Silence

Digital Silence was founded with one goal in mind — to do security consulting right. Consistency, commitment to quality, attention to detail, and unsurpassed client care are central to our company’s culture and ethos. We strive to be active contributors to the security community, and have dedicated training and R&D programs staffed by passionate instructors and researchers.

Our passion and commitment to quality is reflected in both the services we provide and the people we hire.



Justin Whitehead

Founder / CEO

Justin brings unique attention to detail and a decade of red and blue team experience to the company. His foray into the professional world began with a colorful career as a US Army Airborne Infantryman. After leaving the military, Justin entered the information security industry as a Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) specialist and later transitioned to a role as a red team operator for One World Labs. In addition to his role as CEO, he continues to work as a pentester and security researcher.


Ryan Jones

Co-Founder / CTO

Ryan Jones has spent the past 20 years in the offensive security community, and is widely regarded as a true master of his tradecraft. Prior to joining Digital Silence, Jones served as a Managing Principal at Coalfire Systems. He has also held leadership positions at several other major consulting firms including IBM and SpiderLabs. Ryan was one of three red team operators featured on the TruTV series Tiger Team, which followed a real-life red team across multiple engagements.

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

Co-Founder / COO

Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) through the EC-Council and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Dan’s past experiences include 27 years as a trial attorney at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, where he also co-founded the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice.

Please note that we are not a law firm, and hiring Digital Silence does not include providing legal advice. Dan’s a great guy, but he’s not your lawyer.

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JT Gaietto


JT Gaietto has spent the past 25 years in the cybersecurity community. JT’s extensive security counseling experience includes stints as both consultant and client, including service as Virtual CISO to multiple companies while an Executive Director at Richey May & CO. and security leadership positions at several other organizations including SquareTwo Financial & Kelly Services. In addition to being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and holding a BS in Information Systems from Northern Arizona University, JT is also a MPA certified TPN Site Security Assessor, a certified Forensics Examiner (ISFCE), contributor of the CDSA App & Cloud framework, and has earned a Defcon Black Badge. JT has been featured in a number of speaking engagements and focuses on helping organizations understand the complexities of cybersecurity while giving back to the community.


Erin Beffa

Threat Intelligence Practice Lead

Erin Beffa is the company’s Threat Intelligence and OSINT practice lead. Prior to starting at Digital Silence, Erin worked as an independent consultant and as an analyst for One World Labs. Erin was recently named the first place winner of the 2018 OSINT Capture the Flag competition at NolaCon, a nationally recognized information security conference held annually in New Orleans.

Ed Fuller

Ed Fuller

Director of Client Security

Ed is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) (23+ years), and has over 30 years of experience in Security and IT. As a highly skilled and certified Security professional Ed provides expertise and guidance for multiple facets of Information Security, including Assurance and Cybersecurity. He possesses a high degree of expertise in supporting worldwide operational needs for Information Security and compliance. Ed has designed, managed, and overseen the implementation of security solutions protecting information assets for diverse clients and organizations.