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 a 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 from the military, Justin entered the information security industry as a DFIR specialist, later transition to a role as a red team operator for One World Labs (founded by legendary security researcher Chris Roberts).

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

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.

Jimi Allee

Director of Security Operations / R&D

With over 25 years in the Information Security industry, Jimi has successfully navigated through many roles within the Infosec landscape, including Network/System/Security Engineering, Threat Intel/Risk Analysis, Offensive Security, Red/Blue/Purple Teaming as well as Research & Development. A former member of the US National Video Game Team, Jimi's passionate curiousity brings a gamer mentality to the world of Threat Research, Detection and Elimination.

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 Worlds 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.

Chris Sotiros

Security Analyst

A recent dual associate graduate, Chris currently holds several industry certs; Security+ from CompTIA, CCENT from Cisco, and his CSX from ISACA. Prior to working for Digital Silence, Chris worked for a MSP/MSSP company as a Security Analyst while working on his video game with his cousin 'Bouncing Betty.'