about OnGuard
developers of innerActiv

OnGuard Systems, developer of innerActiv, was founded in 2009 by Jim Mazotas with the primary goal of protecting organizations’ endpoints against the rising risk of insider threat and accidental data leakage. While this goal is still very much at the heart of innerActiv’s product, our scope has expanded to include a robust DLP tool, one-of-a-kind productivity analysis tools, infrastructure monitoring module, and identity monitoring tools, all operating on a low-profile endpoint client. Taking feedback from our current clients, industry experts, and the evolving threat landscape, we continue to develop additional features and components to innerActiv in order to create the most comprehensive and user-friendly endpoint protection software available.

OnGuard Systems has offices in Ohio and Connecticut and has received mention in numerous local and national technology publications for our innovative work.

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Nitin Chamarahally, innerView

President & CIONitin Chamarahally

President & CIO of innerActiv, Nitin Chamarahally leads the company by instilling technology vision, delivering pivotal initiatives that directly enable revenue growth, improve customer experience, and drive operational excellence. Nitin brings a wealth of experience to innerActiv, as a technology and business visionary alongside 20+ years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience in IT. Additionally, he has led the design, development, and implementation of high-performing scalable technology solutions for fortune 500 companies like AT&T globally. He has a strong record of success in delivering strategic business initiatives and transforming businesses from start-up environments to fully operational, profitable entities.

Founder & CTOJim Mazotas

The founder of innerActiv, Jim is responsible for design, technology and strategy, including all aspects of product design and development. He is also the patent author for the innerActiv technology and is presently designing future applications and improvements for exclusive use within the innerActiv framework. Jim has extensive experience in developing new technical business strategies and solutions for many Fortune 500 companies worldwide. He was founder and CEO of Plannet—a leading provider of innovative security and networking products and services for small and medium-sized businesses, which was sold to CareWorks Technologies. Prior to Plannet, Jim held senior technical positions with Toyota, Lockheed Martin, Department of Defense and AT&T, where his contributions positioned the organizations for successful implementations of advanced technologies.

Jim has received several awards and honors, including the 2005 Columbus TopCAT (Top Contributors for Advanced Technology) Award for outstanding business and the 2003 Presidential and National Leadership Award from the Business Advisory Council.

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innerActiv Board of Directors and Advisors

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Board AdvisorAllison Finkelstein

Allison has more than two decades of executive level business experience with a variety of industrial manufacturing businesses. She was a senior executive for a $2.5 billion worldwide business unit of Eaton Corporation. As head of business development for that unit, she was responsible for all mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Deal sizes ranged from small technology buys to a $1 billion acquisition. She also managed the strategic planning process for the unit. Before her time at Eaton, she worked at Bank of Boston where she focused on the transportation industry and structured a multimillion-dollar employee buyout of one of the portfolio companies.

In her most recent role, she was the Assistant Vice President, Investments for TechColumbus, managing a portfolio of thirteen pre-seed funds, including the Ohio TechAngel Fund, 114 portfolio companies and approximately $31 million in assets under management. In addition to this funds management experience, she has herself been an angel investor for over fifteen years, for both domestic and international start-ups. Serving as a Director of three privately held companies, Allison helped orchestrate a very lucrative exit for one twenty-five months after the initial angel round.

Allison holds a bachelor’s of science degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. In addition to consulting work with start-up companies, Allison is involved in a number of non-profit organizations in Central Ohio. She and her husband, who is a private investor, also run a foundation that provides scholarships to graduating area high school students. In 2011, she was honored in the WELD (Women for Economic Leadership and Development) calendar of Twelve Women You Should Know in Central Ohio.

Bob West

Board AdvisorBob West

Bob is chief compliance officer with Metallicus and has had more than 20 years in leadership roles with financial services, product, and professional services companies.  Metallicus is a cutting-edge cryptocurrency company. His experiences allow him to provide multiple perspectives when making strategic decisions.

Previously, Bob was a managing director in Deloitte’s cyber risk services practice, where he was part of the leadership team responsible for growing the business. Prior to Deloitte, Bob was managing director for CareWorks Tech’s security line of business and CISO for York Risk Services (its parent company).  Prior to these roles, Bob was Chief Trust Officer at CipherCloud, where he was responsible for working across the company’s business divisions, customer base, and partner ecosystem to evangelize the importance of cloud data protection.  Prior to CipherCloud, Bob was CEO at Echelon One, an information security consulting and research firm.  Prior to Echelon One, Bob was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati where he was responsible for the enterprise information security strategy.  Prior to joining Fifth Third, Bob worked for Bank One in Columbus where he held several key leadership roles, including Information Security Officer for Bank One’s Retail Group. Prior to joining Bank One, Bob was a manager with Ernst & Young’s Information Security Services practice in Chicago, and a Senior Systems Officer with Citicorp International in New York and Chicago.

Bob is on the board of directors for the USA Track and Field Foundation and on InnerActiv and vArmour’s advisory boards.  He has been on the advisory board for the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), the board of management for the Jericho Forum, the advisory boards for the Agiliance, AirPatrol (acquired by Sysorex), CipherCloud, Securent (acquired by Cisco), TriCipher (acquired by VMWare), Trusteer (acquired by IBM), The University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts and Education and was a member of RSA Security’s Customer Advisory Council and the ISS Customer Advisory Council.

Bob received the 2004 Digital ID World Conference award for Balancing Innovation and Reality, and a 2004 InfoWorld 100 Award for implementing SAML and was a nominee for the ISC2 Senior Information Security Professional of the Year, 2011.  Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in German and then received his Master of Science in Management Information Systems from North Central College.

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Board AdvisorElad Yoran

Elad’s 20 years in the cybersecurity industry spans experience as an executive, several-time successful entrepreneur, consultant, investor, and investment banker.  He is one of the most visible people in the cybersecurity community.

Elad has been recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young.  His entrepreneurial experience includes Vaultive, a pioneering cloud encryption company; Sentrigo, a provider of database security (acquired by McAfee); MediaSentry, a provider of anti-piracy technology solutions to the motion picture, music, and software industries (acquired by SafeNet); and Riptech, a provider of managed security services (acquired by Symantec).  He was also an investor in NetWitness (acquired by RSA) and Threadgrid (acquired by Cisco).

Elad has also served as vice president, Global Business Development at Symantec and as vice president at Broadview (acquired by Jeffries), a technology-focused mergers and acquisitions investment bank, where he led the firm’s information security practice.

Elad serves on several technology, security, and community Boards, including the Army Cyber Institute (ACI), Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) New York Metro Chapter; and Trustee of the Jewish Chapel Fund, US Military Academy at West Point.

Elad authored the Internet Security Threat Report, which was cited in briefings to the U.S. Congress.  He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.  Elad holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Executive ChairmanJay Jayanthan

Mr. Jayanthan is a serial entrepreneur and investor who is instrumental in establishing and growing several startup businesses in the U.S. Mr. Jayanthan is bullish in the technology space and has focused many decades in that sector.

Mr. Jayanthan’s strength is in bringing professionals with excellent credentials to build teams that produces excellent results for the benefit of the stakeholders of the company. He also focuses on resource allocation for the company.

Mr. Jayanthan is a co-founder and former Executive Chairman of PRIME AE Group, a multi-state multi-discipline AE firm.

Mr. Jayanthan is active in community organizations has served in commissions and advisory committees in finance and judicial areas in Ohio and Connecticut.

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Jim Mazotas innerView

Founder & CTOJim Mazotas

The founder of innerActiv, Jim is responsible for design, technology and strategy, including all aspects of product design and development. He is also the patent author for the innerActiv technology and is presently designing future applications and improvements for exclusive use within the innerActiv framework. Jim has extensive experience in developing new technical business strategies and solutions for many Fortune 500 companies worldwide. He was founder and CEO of Plannet—a leading provider of innovative security and networking products and services for small and medium-sized businesses, which was sold to CareWorks Technologies. Prior to Plannet, Jim held senior technical positions with Toyota, Lockheed Martin, Department of Defense and AT&T, where his contributions positioned the organizations for successful implementations of advanced technologies.

Jim has received several awards and honors, including the 2005 Columbus TopCAT (Top Contributors for Advanced Technology) Award for outstanding business and the 2003 Presidential and National Leadership Award from the Business Advisory Council.

President & CIONitin Chamarahally

President & CIO of innerActiv, Nitin Chamarahally leads the company by instilling technology vision, delivering pivotal initiatives that directly enable revenue growth, improve customer experience, and drive operational excellence. Nitin brings a wealth of experience to innerActiv, as a technology and business visionary alongside 20+ years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience in IT. Additionally, he has led the design, development, and implementation of high-performing scalable technology solutions for fortune 500 companies like AT&T globally. He has a strong record of success in delivering strategic business initiatives and transforming businesses from start-up environments to fully operational, profitable entities.

Nitin Chamarahally, innerView
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Board AdvisorRandy Wilcox

Mr. Wilcox began his career at Xerox Corporation in Columbus, OH where he spent 10 years in sales and sales management. In 1983, he founded SARCOM Corporation which over the next 15 years became a leading provider of technology products and services to Fortune 500 companies. What began as a small retail store grew into a company with 26 locations and nearly $1 billion in sales by 1999. Mr. Wilcox sold the company to a private equity firm in the late 1990’s but continued to serve as the CEO for a couple of years. He then founded an internet startup called SingleSource IT that was an online provider of computer products to large companies. That company was sold in late 2001.

In 2006, Mr. Wilcox along with several other central Ohio business people founded Insight Bank, a community bank based in Worthington, Ohio. Mr. Wilcox, one of the two largest shareholders, served on the board and helped sell the bank to a larger bank in 2015.

He is presently a partner in Wilcox Communities and the owner of Quest Business Centers.  Quest Business Centers, which he founded, is currently the leading provider of business conference space in the Columbus area.  Wilcox Communities is a regional developer of active adult targeted condominiums and apartment communities in seven Midwestern states. Wilcox Communities acquired many real estate assets at below market prices during the downturn and currently owns or controls 31 condo or apartment communities.

Mr. Wilcox has been involved with several private equity firms and has served on the boards of their portfolio companies. He currently is on the board of Norvax, a Chicago-based leading provider of online marketing and sales technology solutions for the insurance industry, and Intelligent I.D., a data loss prevention software company based in Columbus, OH. He also continues to serve on the board of SARCOM.

Mr. Wilcox is a graduate of Marshall University. Mr. Wilcox has been involved with a  number of community associations and organizations: Columbus Chamber of Commerce Board Member, United Way of Central Ohio Treasurer and Board Member, Technology Leadership Council Board Member, Former Columbus Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization, World Presidents Organization, Chief Executives Organization, Ohio Health Foundation Board Member, OhioHealth Board Member, OhioHealth Investment Committee Chair and the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation Board Member.

He has won a number of awards including Small Business Person of the Year for the State of Ohio.

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OnGuard Systems, developer of innerActiv, was founded in 2009 by Jim Mazotas with the primary goal of protecting organizations’ endpoints against the rising risk of insider threat and accidental data leakage.

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