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 an Army Airborne infantryman, deploying to hotspots around the globe. After retiring 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.

Gabriel Ryan

Co-Founder / Senior Security Assessment Manager

Gabriel Ryan is a researcher and consultant who pursues his craft with monastic dedication. He has made multiple high profile research contributions that have been presented at international security conferences such as DEF CON and SecTOR. Gabriel's security testing experience is diverse, and includes work for clients in finance, healthcare, utilities, and even manufacturing. In his previous life, Gabriel worked at Gotham Digital Science and OGSystems, as well as Rutgers University. Gabriel is the author of eaphammer, a widely used tool for assessing wireless networks.

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.

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