Fortiphyd

The faces behind our success

Meet Our Team

Co-Founder, CEO, CTO

David Formby, Ph.D.

David has extensive experience characterizing power substation network traffic, discovering vulnerabilities in power grid and control system devices, and developing techniques to address these vulnerabilities. 

David’s technical experience also includes expertise in universal software radio peripherals (USRPs) garnered while working at MIT Lincoln Labs and database management systems garnered while working with the Department of Energy Savannah River Site. 

David participated in the NSF I-Corps program as the Entrepreneurial Lead and has been recognized in multiple pitch competitions and showcases.

Raheem Beyah, Ph.D.

Raheem is the Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He serve as the Chairman  and Chief Strategy Office (CSO) of Fortiphyd Logic. He is an international recognized expert in the areas of cyber-physical systems security, network monitoring, and network security.

Raheem has vast experience with project formulation, initiation, grant proposal writing, and technical gap analysis with various industry stakeholder, budget and expense management, and progress reporting to various sponsors (e.g., government funding agencies, corporations), and the Integration of developed systems into mission critical operational environments.

He is heavily involved in educating the next generation of cyber-physical systems security practitioners, primarily through teaching an online Cyber-Physical Systems Security course through the Georgia Tech Online Masters in Computer Science program which reaches students across the globe. Raheem is a member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Cyber Security Advisory Council and on the Global Advisory Board of the Control System Cyber Security Association International (CS)2AI.

Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, Board Chairman

Board Member

John Copeland, Ph.D.

John held the John H. Weitnauer, Jr., Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1993-2016, and was also a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. In 2000 he invented the StealthWatch system for network security monitoring, and founded LANcope, Inc. He served as Chairman of LANcope, Inc. from 2000-2006. He raised over $25M in venture capital for LANcope before it was acquired by Cisco in 2016 for $453M. He has also served as Director of the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) from June 1993 to Nov. 1996. 

As Director, Dr. Copeland had broad responsibilities for the organizational, programmatic, and financial development of GCATT. In that period, GCATT managed a Georgia Research Alliance program that distributed approximately $20,000,000 to six Georgia research universities. It was allocated $24,000,000 by the State of Georgia and $5,000,000 by private and industry sources for a 150,000 sq. ft. building which was completed in June 1996.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech in March 1993, Dr. Copeland was Vice President, Technology at Hayes Microcomputer Products (1985-1993), and Vice President, Engineering Technology at Sangamo Weston, Inc. (1982-1985) and served at Bell Labs (1965-1982).

John Jerrim

John Jerrim has over 35 years of experience in the communications and information security arenas. Early in his career, he led the Advanced Technology Laboratory at Sangamo Weston in developing spread spectrum power line communications for use in electric utility SCADA systems. He then joined Hayes Microcomputer Products, initially as the Manager of Systems Engineering, then becoming the Software Development Manager, where he led a complete and successful emergency rewrite of a the companies flagship software product in a five month period. 

John founded a small software development and consulting company that operated for about 10 years. He then joined forces with Dr. John A. Copeland to found Lancope, Inc, which eventually sold to Cisco Systems for $453 million. During his time at Lancope, John led the development team for the flagship StealthWatch product for six years before focusing exclusively on advanced detection technologies. John then spent three years as a Senior Research Scientist with Damballa investigating integration of network flow and DNS analytics before moving on to Plixer International, where he led the companies research and development of network behavioral analytics to support the Scrutinizer product.

John has been awarded 11 US patents areas of solid state electric metering, spread spectrum communications, communication protocols, and network security technologies.

Board Member

Board Member

John Balsam

John is a highly experienced and energetic senior level executive with over 40 years of proficiency as an engineer, project and program manager, and CxO level corporate leader. The majority of his career has been in the technical arena in defense, high-reliability space applications and the software industry. Prior to his employment at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, John held the position of VP of Operations at Lancope, Inc., prior to the company’s acquisition by Cisco.  His experience spans increasing levels of responsibility, from Systems Engineer performing technical analysis and design tasks, to Project and Program Management of multi-million dollar programs to Senior Executive level management. Past corporate experience includes business formation, raising capital, strategy formulation and execution, and daily operational management. 

John holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a regular invited guest participant and business plan judge in entrepreneurial classes and the annual Georgia Bowl at the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia and the Coles College of Business of Kennesaw State University.  John is a past President and Chairman of the Board of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta, a Professional Engineer in Georgia and Louisiana, Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a participant in the MIT Enterprise Forum.