wombat security management team


Wombat Security Technologies is a company born from research at the world-renowned Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). In June 2008 the company was founded by Drs. Lorrie Cranor, Jason Hong, and Norman Sadeh, all faculty members at the CMU School of Computer Science. 

While at CMU, our cofounders lead the largest national research project on combating phishing attacks. Their goal was to address the human element in cyber security and develop novel, more effective anti-phishing filtering solutions.

This project, which was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, yielded a uniquely effective suite of cyber security software training and filtering technologies. These technologies provided the foundation for Wombat Security Technologies’ line of products and continue to be refined and extended by our co-founders.


Today Wombat Security Technologies, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, provides information security awareness and training software to help organizations teach their employees secure behavior. Our Security Education Platform includes integrated knowledge assessments, a library of simulated attacks, and interactive training modules, which have been proven to reduce successful phishing attacks and malware infections by up to 90%.

Our Management Team

  • Joe Ferrara,President and CEO

    Joe Ferrara

    President and CEO

    Joining Wombat in 2011, Joe brings 20 years of experience in technology marketing, operations and management to his role as President and CEO. Recently Joe was a finalist for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia and received a CEO of the Year award from CEO World. Joe has provided expert commentary and has spoken at numerous information security industry events including RSA Europe, the CISO Executive Network forum, ISSA International and information security regional conferences. His previous roles include President, CEO and Chairman of Tollgrade Communications, CEO of Marconi Communications North America and General Manager of Ericsson’s Wireless Software & Services and Routing & Switching Divisions. Joe holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a B.S. from Penn State University.

  • Mike Borton, CFO

    Michael Borton

    Chief Financial Officer

    Michael Borton, Chief Financial Officer at Wombat Security Technologies, has held senior management positions with several international technology companies: Harmony (acquired by Mediware) Consul Risk Management (acquired by IBM), iSKY (acquired by TRG), Invensy and Landmark Graphics (acquired by Halliburton). Prior to working in technology, Mike held various senior financial roles at Schlumberger, including assignments in London and Paris. Mike holds a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University and an MBA from Indiana University. Borton is a Certified Management Accountant.

  • Ralph Massaro, Vice President

    Ralph Massaro

    Vice President of Sales

    As VP of Sales, Ralph leads Wombat’s direct and indirect sales activities which have contributed to Wombat’s significant growth. Ralph brings extensive sales, marketing, and operations experience to Wombat, including prior roles as VP of Sales and Marketing for both Solvaire Technologies and TekMethods, and as General Manager of Content Products at LogicLibrary. Ralph spent eight years at PassGo Technologies, where he was North American General Manager and VP of Worldwide Sales. While at PassGo, he quadrupled North American revenue and helped to position the company for acquisition by Axent Technologies (Symantec). Ralph began his technology sales career at Duquesne Systems/Legent, where he held several sales and sales management positions. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Robert Morris College.

  • Amy Baker, Vice President

    Amy Baker

    Vice President of Marketing

    Amy has 25 years of experience marketing a wide variety of business to business technology products and services including cyber security, telecommunications, healthcare technology, information technology, physical security and biotechnology. She has held marketing leadership roles in companies of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 20, such as BioReliance, Condor Technology Solutions, McKesson, and Ericsson. One of Amy’s key strengths is her ability to build strong relationships between sales and marketing, ensuring that all activities are delivering on the goal of generating leads which result in business opportunities and increased revenue. To achieve this goal, Amy has hands-on skills and experience leading all aspects of marketing: Public Relations, Product Management and Marketing, Investor and Analyst Relations, Marketing Communications, Market Research, Channel Marketing, and Sales Support. As recognition of her success in leading a highly productive marketing team through Ericsson’s acquisition of Marconi Communications, she was one of only a few Marconi employees selected for the Ericsson Executive Leadership program. Amy has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marketing from Clarion University and completed post-graduate work at the University of Maryland.

  • Molly Bissell, Vice President

    Molly Bissell

    Vice President of Customer Service and Operations

    Molly has had more than 20 years of experience leading operational teams, including customer service, IT, order management, facilities, finance, network operations, logistics, and supply chain. Prior to joining Wombat, she was the Senior Vice President of Operations at Carnegie Learning, which was sold to the Apollo Group in 2011. Molly previously led Global Service businesses for Ericsson, Marconi, and FORE Systems, including global 24/7 teams in Sao Paulo, Dublin, Montreal, Cleveland, Dallas, and Pittsburgh. She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. 

  • Tom Sands, Vice President

    Tom Sands

    Vice President of Engineering

    Joining Wombat in 2015, Tom brings over 25 years of engineering and development management to Wombat.  Prior to joining Wombat, Tom was VP on Product Development at Forever, assembling the team and the technology to deliver an award winning mobile and web application, growing to thousands of members.  At Vivisimo, as Sr. VP of Engineering, Tom led the development team to deliver new products and focus that resulted in a successful acquisition and integration by IBM.  Prior responsibilities included General Manager of ECI Telecom in Pittsburgh, Director of Technology and Collaboration and Director of Hardware development at Ericsson, through its acquisition of Marconi and FORE Systems.  Tom received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

  • Kurt Wescoe, Chief Architect

    Kurt Wescoe

    Chief Architect

    Kurt Wescoe joined Wombat Security Technologies shortly after its founding in July 2008 to lead its product development efforts. As Chief Architect he is responsible for ensuring Wombat's software and systems are built on a sound foundation, and evolve to meet the ever increasing scale as the company grows. Kurt brings over 10 years of experience, having previously held a variety of engineering positions across multiple industries.  He has also served as a faculty member in the School of Computer Science’s master’s program in e-Business at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) since 2004. Kurt earned his  M.Sc. in E-Commerce from CMU, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Summa Cum Laude.

  • Melanie Shivetts, Controller

    Melanie M. Shivetts


    Melanie Shivetts joined Wombat Security Technologies as Controller in August 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience in the software technology industry, ranging from Fortune 50 to early-stage start-up companies. Prior to joining Wombat, Melanie served as Vice President of Finance and Operations for Carnegie Speech Company, where she was responsible for all of the company's finance, accounting, human resources, and legal operations; she also served as Secretary. Other prior experience includes roles as Director of Operations at Wisdom Technologies and various finance and accounting positions at IBM. Melanie holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Our Board Members

  • Norman Sadeh, Chairman and Cofounder

    Norman Sadeh


    Norman served as founding CEO of Wombat from 2008 to mid 2011. As Chairman of the Board, he continues to work with management on strategic business decisions. Norman is a professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where he directs the Mobile Commerce Lab, the Tepper School of Business’s MBA Track in Technology Leadership, and the Master's Program in Privacy Engineering. He currently leads two of the largest national research projects in cybersecurity and privacy. During the late 1990s, Norman worked at the European Commission, serving as Chief Scientist of the EU’s $700 million initiative in e-Commerce, which, at the time, included all pan-European cyber security and online privacy research and related policy initiatives. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from CMU, a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and a B.S./M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Brussels Free University.

  • Jason Hong, Cofounder

    Jason Hong


    Jason Hong is an associate professor in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, part of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He works in the areas of ubiquitous computing and usable privacy and security, and his research has been featured in the New York Times, MIT Tech Review, CBS Morning Show, CNN, Slate, the World Economic Forum, and more. He is also an author of the book The Design of Sites, a popular book on web design using web design patterns. Jason received his PhD from Berkeley and his undergraduate degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. Jason was a member of DARPA's Computer Science Study Panel (CS2P), and is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, a Kavli Fellow, a PopTech Science fellow, and a New America National Cybersecurity Fellow.

  • Edward R. Engler, Managing Partner

    Edward R. Engler


    Ed Engler is Managing Partner at Pittsburgh Equity Partners and focuses on early stage investments in information technology and life sciences companies in the Western Pennsylvania region.  He has been an investor and entrepreneur in Western Pennsylvania for 15 years, having founded his own successful technology company, and has provided funding and guidance to early-stage companies through his venture capital fund. Ed has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and has completed the Entrepreneurial Management Program at CMU's Tepper School of Business.

  • Sarah Sommer, Partner

    Sarah Sommer


    Sarah Sommer founded and is a partner at Level Equity. She has spent her career as an investor in growth-stage software, media and internet companies. Prior to Level Equity she was a member of the investment team at Insight Venture Partners. Sarah is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Joseph Wharton Scholar.



  • Joe Ferrara,President and CEO

    Joe Ferrara

    President and CEO, Wombat Security Technologies