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

    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.

  • Ralph Massaro

    Vice President of Sales and Operations

    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.

  • Kurt Wescoe

    Vice President of Technology

    Kurt brings in-depth software engineering and software security expertise to Wombat, having worked for many years as a software consultant. As VP of Engineering, he leads the software engineering department and is responsible for making sure that Wombat’s software solutions are scalable, dependable and are architected to meet the evolving needs of Wombat’s customers. Kurt also serves as a faculty member in the School of Computer Science’s master’s program in e-Business at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He has a M.Sc. in E-Commerce from CMU and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Amy Baker

    Vice President of Marketing

    Amy Baker, Vice President of Marketing at Wombat Security Technologies, is a veteran marketer who has been in the information technology and security industry for more than ten years. Amy has extensive experience in developing internal communications that drive cultural change and has been specifically focused on info security awareness and training for the last few years. She has presented at ISSA events and written for and been quoted in publications such as Dark ReadingThe Business JournalsSecureBuzz, and Wombat Security’s blog. She has held marketing leadership roles in technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 20, including Metis Secure Solutions, BioReliance, McKesson, Marconi Communications, and Ericsson. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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, iSKY (acquired by TRG), Invensys, 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.

  • 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.

  • Rob Atherton

    Vice President of Business Development

    Rob joined Wombat in 2015 to help drive the company’s growth and expansion by developing alliances with technology companies, strategic channels, and managed service providers.  Rob brings twenty years of experience in M&A, corporate development and strategy, strategic alliances, channel and sales management, marketing and law.  His prior roles include Vice President of Corporate/Business Development at Juniper Networks and Fortinet and Vice President of Business Development and Channels at Endace.  During Rob’s legal career, he was an attorney in the Palo Alto Office of Wilson Sonsini, Assistant General Counsel at Juniper Networks and clerked on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Immediately prior to joining Wombat, Rob managed enterprise, federal and service provider sales teams for the Network Visibility division of Emulex.  Rob holds a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Tulane University.