OverviewWhat We Do
Our mission is to strengthen the IT security operations of businesses of all sizes, worldwide. We believe it should be easier for CTOs, CIOs, IT managers, and IT staff alike to develop their cyber security expertise and implement sophisticated operational capabilities.
With decades of in-the-trenches experience, we are leaders in the development of network application solutions, low level systems development, and cyber security analytics. We build and provide tools, technology and services that allow organizations of all sizes to measurably improve their cyber security knowledge, experience and operations, saving them time, money and lots of unnecessary frustration.
Experience and Trust
At Field Effect, customer security and privacy are paramount. It is through our focus on client requirements, privacy, and security that we earn your trust.
Our products are based on deep experience about what works in operational environments and our solutions are trusted by some of the most secure organizations around the globe, from small and mid-sized firms with sensitive data, to enterprise businesses and government systems.
We’re passionate about what we do and have been doing it a long time. We understand our success is defined by that of our clients, and care a lot about ensuring you have what you need, and will work around the clock until you do.
Customer TestimonialsTrusted by businesses around the world.
“Using Covalence, we can effectively close security gaps and ensure compliance with healthcare privacy and data protection regulations.”
VP of Technology, TryCycle Data Systems
“Choosing Covalence was one of the best decisions for our organization.”
Director of IT, The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG)
“Thanks to Covalence, we now operate a network that I can confidently say is secure.”
CPA, CGA, Director of Finance, Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre
VisionWhere We’re Going
We enable our customers to improve their cyber security operations with better technology, operational processes, and human capability. This end-to-end approach allows our customers to create stronger networks, more responsive processes, and highly confident teams that are resilient in the face of modern IT and cyber security threats.
ValuesWhat We Believe
Cyber Security tools need to be both effective and usable. Tools and Services that offer complicated or difficult user experiences won’t result in improved network and system security. By respecting the needs and realities of our clients, our ecosystem will raise the ‘cyber security floor’ of the organizations we support.
In our products, deployments and operations, simplicity is king. We believe workflows should be easy to understand and that tools should be intuitive. In fact, just minutes after setup, you’ll look like a pro.
Growing shouldn’t be painful. As you require more data, more speed, more analytics and more integrations, we’re ready to support you.
We don’t pretend to understand the internal business requirements and setup of all our clients. Everything we build, we build to be modular, easily integrated and flexible. There are no silver bullets or all-in-one solutions in IT, especially in the world of security. You need to be able to adapt. Now you can.
Security is at the core of our business, and nobody does it better. “Raising the collective security floor” has long been a mantra at Field Effect Software and it guides every decision we make.
Executive Team Decades of experience in some of the most complex security environments in the world.
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer
Matt Holland is one of the world’s leading authorities in the cyber security industry. Starting his career at the Communications Security Establishment, Matt spent seven years in the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group as a leading security researcher specializing in intelligence tradecraft and technology for key top-secret projects for the Five Eyes. In 2007, he co-founded his first company and grew it to be a silent leader in the privatized intelligence industry, serving democratic governments globally. It was acquired by L3 in 2018. Matt has an established background and expertise in distributed computing, low level security systems and cross platform methodologies, and has a track record of commercialization and success with “hard problems”. Matt’s background directly contributes to Field Effect’s comprehensive cyber security solution, Covalence, and the aggressive growth of Field Effect worldwide.
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer
Andrew Loschmann led five years of research and development efforts to bring Field Effect’s sophisticated suite of Covalence threat monitoring and detection and Cyber Range simulation and training platforms, as well as other services, to the global market. Andrew brings a 20-year background building and managing IT security products and programs, including 13 years in government/defence, as well as security policy development within the Government of Canada’s Privy Council Office and contributions to Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy. His technical background includes development of software and systems, and cyber security analytics, as well as leading incident detection and response teams.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Field Effect, Peter Hunter was CFO at Fullscript – one of Canada’s fastest growing companies. He also served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and CFO at Privacy Analytics (PA). In addition, Peter has worked as a C-level officer, advisor and consultant to many of Ottawa’s successful technology companies. Peter worked as a practicing public accountant for many of Ottawa’s telecom, ecommerce and SaaS companies over the past 30 years. In these roles his focus has been on finance, legal affairs, regulatory compliance, business development, operations and mergers and acquisitions. He will play a major role in helping to prepare Field Effect for massive international growth and put the company on the map as the leading cyber security company in the world.
Chief Growth Officer
Prior to joining Field Effect, Shri helped TELUS Cybersecurity establish itself as one of Canada’s leading service providers. Through his leadership of the Product Management, Marketing and Sales Solutioning functions, he oversaw TELUS Cybersecurity’s innovation agenda and was instrumental in launching and driving the commercial success of a number of services such as Managed Cloud Security, Managed Detection and Response and Digital Identity. Previously, Shri held roles in corporate strategy and strategic planning at various organizations including Target Canada, Canadian Tire and Datamonitor. Shri currently serves on the board of Distress and Crisis Ontario and plays an active role in the community mentoring professionals immigrating to Canada.
Chief Security Officer
Brad Peterson brings over 25 years experience successfully building enterprise IT systems with a specialization on IT security since 2001. He has led software development in the fields of big data, network and endpoint security, vulnerability research, and machine learning – to name a few. At Field Effect, Brad helped assemble and lead teams that built and deployed Field Effect’s cyber defence product framework, including host, network and analytic components and their interoperability with commercial tools. Most recently, Brad is focussed on the rapid growth and evolution of Field Effect’s operational infrastructure, and pushing the envelope of our already deep security knowledge within our assurance lab. Prior to joining Field Effect, Brad was a senior manager in the Cyber Defence Branch of the Communications Security Establishment, the lead federal agency on cyber security.
Leadership Team Some of the brightest talents in the industry.
Director of Security Services
Patrick Smith is a computer engineer with over 10 years of experience in computer network operations, as well as technical analysis of sophisticated cyber threats in both network and on-host domains. Patrick’s recent research efforts have focused on developing novel targeted call graph analysis techniques to identify malicious behaviour in binary executables. Formal academic work, in support of a MASc, includes implementation of techniques identifying known network communication channels using only TCP/IP metadata. Most notably, this technique offers detection of malware communications in important modern high-speed environments, even when using TLS/SSL. Patrick’s passion for cyber security extends beyond operations and into classroom and online training, creating and delivering highly-technical courses including in malware and network analysis. As a member and co-captain of the Samurai (Capture The Flag) CTF team and a winner of the DEFCON CTF, he is an active participant in the online CTF community. He was also captain of Canada’s first Royal Military College (RMC) team, participating in the annual National Security Agency (NSA) Cyber Defence Exercise.
Deputy Director of Security Services
Colin is a resourceful and energetic leader who has experience in driving a range of teams, programs, and projects for various technologies. He has over 18 years of experience as a computer engineer, software developer, technical leader, government executive and business executive. Most recently, Colin was the Director of Risk Mitigation Programs with the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security where he led programs designed to support government and organizations of all sizes mitigate threats and make informed decisions around the technologies they used.
Previously, Colin was in key roles at the Communications Security Establishment, including building and managing several teams of cyber security analysts as the manager for Network Operations, and shaping the strategic direction for capabilities as the technical advisor for Network Programs.
VP of Simulation Technologies
Mark Gaudet is an experienced product leader with a broad background that spans engineering, product management, product marketing and business development. He is passionate about continually learning and building great products customers love.
After starting his career in semiconductor design and manufacturing at Nortel, Mark joined ISOTRO Network Management where he had the opportunity to implement the market strategy he developed for an MBA project. As VP of Marketing, he helped the company grow revenue from zero until they were acquired by Bay Networks. He also sits on the advisory board for the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick and is a member of the ICTC National Cyber Security Leadership Council on youth and education.
Mark holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queens University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.
Director of Product Marketing
Libby Robinson is a product marketing professional who knows that without audience specific strategies and positioning, even the most mind blowing solutions will struggle to see the success they deserve. She is able to apply her technical background (through her engineering degree and experience in product management and technical sales) to impactful sales and marketing strategies.
Director of Simulation Technologies
Noel Murphy has 20 years of experience in the software development and IT field, most recently as the Director of Product Technology for all Online Training at The SANS Institute. Noel has the ideal mix of IT security and e-learning background, giving him a unique understanding of not only the needs of security professionals, but also the needs of the people who train them. During his career, he has been a software developer, a software architect lead, and managed software development teams.
Head of Data Analytics
Earl Fischl has 19 years of experience in cyber security and data analytics, including time spent conducting operations and developing analytics, as well as years working at a strategic level as a manager within the Government of Canada. Earl brings a rare blend of skills and experience to Field Effect. With a background in Political Science, he has tackled cyber security as both a purely technical security challenge and as a complex espionage challenge.
Global Director, Channels and Partnerships
Toby Nangle excels at building sales channels and channel sales teams for technology companies. With a 23-year career in technology channel sales, he has worked extensively in the Education Technology, Cloud, IT Infrastructure and IT Security sectors. His expertise lies in developing cohesive channel strategies, identifying and developing the shortest path to revenue for new technologies and implementing the necessary internal and external structures to support channel partnerships. Immediately prior to joining Field Effect, Toby guided channel development and partner account management teams through two successful acquisitions.
Director of People and Talent
Stefanie is an experienced HR leader and strategic business partner who has supported a variety of sectors including non-profits, manufacturing, and oil and gas. She is passionate about building talent, developing people and continuous improvement. After graduating from the University of Ottawa, Stefanie completed graduate work in Strategic HR Management at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.
Director of Market Intelligence and Insights
Barry McArthur has extensive experience leading and growing industry analyst programs across global enterprise software providers. Most recently, he was Director of Global Industry Analyst Relations at Entrust, a global cyber security firm specializing in identity and data protection. During his six-year tenure at Entrust, Barry initiated the industry analyst program and successfully positioned Entrust in industry evaluations and market coverage and supported the organization’s understanding of the evolving market dynamics, buyer requirements, and competitor capabilities. Prior to Entrust, he spent over a decade at Cognos and IBM in multiple roles including Analyst Relations, Office of Strategy and NPI (New Product Introduction). Barry has extensive international experience, pursuing post-graduate studies and work in Japan and other APAC countries.
Director of Marketing
With over 14 years of experience in marketing and PR and a multi-disciplinary background in journalism, Jane Harwood offers a unique approach to effective communication.
Most recently, she was the founder of Jane Harwood Public Relations where she worked on major campaigns with many large corporations, not-for-profits, government organizations, startups and everywhere in between. She has also previously taken on demanding leadership roles with major, local, national and international events as well as high profile organizations
As the Director of Marketing, Jane leads the marketing team with the ultimate goal of making Field Effect a household name worldwide.
Client and Partner Success Lead
Andrea Holland’s career has been focussed on improving client satisfaction, better client interactions and user adoption of technology. She has a proven record in identifying client business needs and defining practical solutions. Prior to joining Field Effect, Andrea was a business consultant and worked with clients in the cyber security and risk management sectors. Prior to that, she had leadership roles in organizations including TELUS, MD Physician Services and Teradata. She has worked with clients in many industries including healthcare, financial services, retail and government.
“Our best metric of success is to hear our customers say they’re more cyber-security capable and confident with their networks. To do this, we build unique solutions that prioritize function and simplicity above all else, with a company culture that emphasizes developing trust and confidence with our customers.”
Andrew Loschmann, COO