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.
Team Who We Are
Our team includes some of the brightest talents in the industry who bring with them decades of experience in some of the most secure, complex and fast-paced security environments in the world.
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.
Andrew D Milne
Chief Revenue Officer
Andrew Milne builds and creates connections between products, clients and market fit. With a career in sales and marketing that spans more than two decades, he inspires clients and audiences to innovate, change, and challenge traditional business thinking. He is a sought-after speaker on marketing, digital transformation and audience engagement, and how these topics will shape the future of business. He is an active blogger and the host of “The Brief,” a video series focused on conversations with key players in the business of digital transformation today. Prior to joining Field Effect, Andrew was the founder and Chief Revenue Officer of the digital creative agency bv02 Inc., and has worked with global brands as well as small and mid-sized enterprise clients in multiple sectors including technology, financial services, healthcare, education, tourism, associations, and government.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Security Analyst
Sean Alexander is an experienced software engineer and security analyst with 10 years of experience in the cyber security industry. During his career he has worked in the software development fields of: endpoint sensors, network sensors, cross-platform agent frameworks, vulnerability research, malware analysis, build systems, test automation and orchestration, data mining, and machine learning. Sean developed his professional skills through his Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Queen’s University. During his academic career Sean was a founding member and team lead of the Queen’s Network Security team and participated in the Cyber Defense Exercise with the Royal Military College of Canada’s team.
UK Sales Director
Julian Attlee has been solving technology challenges for over 20 years – the past seven being in cyber security. He loves working with startups and businesses of all sizes and specializes in company growth. He’s passionate about helping other businesses be successful and he places a strong emphasis on people and relationships.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Cyber Security Advisor
Andrew Hunter has spent the last 15 years building teams across the Canadian intelligence community. Most recently, he led the development and operation of tradecraft to support national and Five Eyes intelligence outcomes as the Deputy Director General at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).
Andrew began his career as a Security Researcher at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in 2004. In this role, he performed ground-breaking software vulnerability research and cross-platform development.
As the Senior Cyber Security Advisor at Field Effect, Andrew will work alongside clients to ensure flawless integration customized to their needs. His professional experience has given him unique insight into how to best protect businesses of all sizes from cyber threats.
Julie Kim worked in the healthcare industry for 17 years prior to making a career change and joining Field Effect in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Engineering along with a diploma in Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics.
Threat and Risk Intelligence Lead
Over the course of her career, Elena has held various strategic and tactical intelligence roles in Canadian government and the financial sector. Most recently, she worked as an advisor for the Strategic Intelligence, Analytics, and Partnerships within the Information Security program at BMO Financial Crimes Unit. There, she worked on setting intelligence requirements, established a workflow between various teams within information security and established relationships with government. Elena has extensive experience in analyzing all source intelligence and had assisted law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world with their operations.
Channel Partnerships Lead
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.
Direct Sales Lead
With over 15 years of experience in various sales roles, Ryan McBride is intimately familiar with supporting SME sized organizations. His role is to help organizations strengthen their cyber security defences as well as to further our goal to provide comprehensive cyber security to businesses of all sizes.
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 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.
Jason Serafini specializes in bridging the knowledge gap between people and technology, identifying technical solutions to ensure the needs of each client is met. He brings over 15 years of software development experience to his current role as a Sales Engineer. He works closely with clients and Field Effect technical teams to find innovative solutions for the unique needs of each individual organization. Jason’s software development experience spans multiple industries including education, mining, healthcare, government, and cyber security. Prior to joining Field Effect, Jason led software development teams in designing and implementing enterprise level information management systems for a large public health organization. He began his career at Field Effect as a Senior Software Developer where he gained detailed knowledge of the underlying technology used in Field Effect products and services.
Senior Software Architect
With over 16 years in the IT security industry, Andrew Stevenson has evolved into a leading security specialist in host-based and network security technologies, cross platform/environment distributed computing solutions, and systems and software test implementation. Andrew’s experience implementing cyber security solutions in the public sector and private industry helps provide valuable context to build our next generation tools and capabilities.
Head of User Experience
With over seven years of experience as a UI/UX design specialist, Michael Woods is responsible for the design and development of the front end user interface and experience for the Field Effect product suite. Combining an academic background in Computer Engineering, a strong technical understanding of visual and interaction design principles, and years of hands-on experience in software design, Michael applies a user-centric problem solving approach to architect, implement and optimize highly effective workflows in both desktop and mobile domains.
“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