Our Mission

We help companies close the loop on information security by addressing one of the biggest security risks they face: it's not outsiders, and it's not technology...it's their own team.  We have taken a proven risk-mitigation model (the government security clearance), and modified and improved it for the private sector.  We've gone beyond cyber security to create the world's first private industry security clearance, which empowers employees to protect themselves and their companies from unintentional security breaches and data loss.

Our Team

Our team draws from expertise expanding across the government, military, and business.  We have partnered with some of the best minds in the industry to design a comprehensive approach that compliments the technology measures companies are already investing in, improving the ROI for business' existing information security programs.


Chris GriggsChris Griggs, Founder and CEO

Chris is a veteran intelligence officer and security professional with 17 years experience across the defense, special operations, and law enforcement sectors. In addition to his position with Aegis Clearance, Chris is the Chief Intelligence Officer for the Florida Highway Patrol, where he manages all aspects of intelligence support to investigations and patrol operations across the state. Chris got his start in the field as a Counterintelligence Special Agent for the U.S. Army and served overseas in support of combat operations in Iraq in 2003. He has also worked as a Counterterrorism Analyst for U.S. Central Command and as a Senior Intelligence Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Chris has created a track record of innovation in a notoriously challenging industry. He prides himself on building elite teams and surrounding them with operational frameworks focused on achieving ambitious strategic goals. Chris holds a Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance with a counterintelligence-scope (CI) polygraph.


Michael BerdingMichael Berding, CTO

Michael is a tenured information technology professional with 18 years experience in the private and non-profit sectors, including startup companies. His expertise includes computer engineering, software development, automation, complete systems architecture, advanced data analytics/auditing, LAMP stack, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, jQuery, team management, proactive systems monitoring, load balancing, redundancy, virtualization, network administration, APIs, support, and procedures.


Our Approach

The Aegis Clearance is grassroots. It's more than just awareness training. It's a comprehensive, proactive solution to help you mitigate the risk of insider data loss and empower your employees to protect themselves and your company from unintentional data loss.

Our Compliance

Data security is a top priority for Aegis Clearance, and we are committed to protecting the privacy of our clients and their employees.

We maintain data security policies, processes and technology that invoke administrative, physical, and technical safeguards designed to help protect and secure the information we process and store.


“No need to build a (cyber) fence if you’re going to leave the gate open.”
-CEO of national healthcare software company

“This is an eye-opener to private business for the need for this service.”
-IT Consultant, Healthcare Firm

“There are a lot of companies that don’t properly educate or make employees aware of their responsibility in regards to the info they handle.”
-CEO, IT Firm


Advisory Board

Michael Levin
United States Secret Service, Retired
Founder and CEO, The Center for Information Security Awareness

In 2007, Michael retired from the United States Secret Service after a distinguished thirty year career in law enforcement. While at the Secret Service, Michael was detailed to the Department of Homeland Security as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division. Michael previously served as the Branch Chief of the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force program in Washington DC. Michael was a member of the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Special Agent program and worked in the area of computer forensics and cyber crime investigations for over fifteen years.

His passion for securing the nation's critical infrastructure has led to his tireless efforts to make information security practices interesting, meaningful and relevant at home and at work.

Michael is a security consultant and frequent lecturer regarding physical security practices, PCI DSS compliance, cyber crime investigations and related topics including methods to enhance public-private partnerships.


Kevin Ketts
VP Operations and Product Strategy, NopSec

Kevin Ketts is an information security and operations executive with 20+ years of experience. Mr. Ketts is currently serving as the VP of Operations and Product Strategy for NopSec, a leader in the vulnerability risk management space. Prior to that, Mr. Ketts served as the VP of Operations and Security for an international revenue management organization, the Director of Threat Intelligence Product Management for a global leader in information security, and the Director of Information Security and Risk Management for the world’s largest online automotive advertising website. Mr. Ketts was the 4th employee of SecureWorks, Inc. (acquired by Dell) as the VP of Technology and Development. Mr. Ketts has been involved in many areas of security including threat intelligence, fraud prevention, managed security services, intrusion prevention, and identity and access management. Additionally, Mr. Ketts has lead many operational functions including development, technical operations, quality assurance, employee systems, customer operations, and information security.


Mary Claire Ryan
HR and Talent Acquisition Expert

Mary Claire Ryan has over 20 years in the disciplines of HR specializing in "startup" functions, building recruitment organizational processes and teams, and as a generalist in Human Resources for major corporations. 

Currently, Mary Claire is the Talent Acquisition Leader for Forsythe Technology.  Previous to Forsythe, Mary Claire built her own consultancy with her own clients as well as partner with a variety of HR consulting firms.  During her 8 years as a consultant her clients have included the largest bank in the world, two international IT corporations, five health care/pharmaceutical organizations including two bio technology companies, a research business, a large third party contingency firm and well known film and processing company.

Her corporate experience includes Director, Global Executive Search and Diversity Staffing at Abbott Laboratories, Executive Vice President of Global Recruiting at Agency.com, Director of Human Resources for Swiss Bank Corporation – O’Connor and Associates, and Vice President of Human Resources for the Chicago Sun-Times and their affiliate newspapers.

Mary Claire was awarded the first “Staffing Professional of the Year” by the Chicago Employment Management Association (now called the Staffing Management Association.)  She is also certified through the Human Capital Institute as a Strategic Workforce Planner.


Jon Hilfiger
VP Sales, Phish Labs

Jon Hilfiger is responsible for global sales and business development at PhishLabs. A proven sales leader in the information security industry, Mr. Hilfiger joined PhishLabs to expand sales growth and lead the global PhishLabs sales team. Under his leadership PhishLabs has expanded into new markets in the US, expanded it's international client base, and grown at a rapid rate to become a leading cybercrime protection services firm. Mr. Hilfiger began his career at SecureWorks, where he spent 13 years in various roles that contributed to the company’s rapid growth. Prior to joining PhishLabs, Mr. Hilfiger was the Director of Western US and Canada Sales at Dell SecureWorks where he drove sales growth in Fortune 1000 accounts. Mr. Hilfiger holds a bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College.


Stephen Pearson
CEO, High Tech Crime Institute

Stephen Pearson combines more than 25 years of law-enforcement experience with in-depth expertise in today's most pervasive Internet and computer technologies. During his tenure in both federal and civilian law-enforcement agencies, Stephen has had the opportunity to see all facets of Digital Crime Investigations. As an investigator with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Stephen, using his technology skills was responsible for the safe recovery of abducted children during joint FBI and Sheriffs dept investigations. Most recently Stephen has been directly involved in the development and implementation of Computer Crime and Cellphone Forensics training for our Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stephen co authored the book Digital Triage Forensics: Processing the Digital Crime Scene (ISBN: 1597495964) in 2011 to discuss the uses of triage forensics in criminal investigations.

Stephen has been consulted on numerous high profile investigations. Stephen developed the ground-breaking Cyber Squire Internet child safety program for the United States Army at Ft Leonard Wood which has become a standard program of instruction for the local school system for internet safety.

Stephen has served on many boards and panels and was elected to be a regional director for the Professionals Against Confidence Crimes (PACC).