The founders of SYNACKTEK have over 35 years of combined experience in the network security field. Our background includes running large security programs, creating and managing IT/OT teams, developing security architectures, and holding security and network engineering positions. For those 35+ years, we were "customers," so we have an understanding of our customers' needs and the challenges facing them. We saw the need to utilize innovative technology to create simple, forward-thinking solutions, so we formed SYNACKTEK to deliver them to our customers.
Our Leadership Team
Jeremy Parkins– CEO / Founder
Jeremy has over fifteen years in the cyber security field, and in that time he saw the need for a more customer-centric reseller industry. He started Synacktek to be a customer-centric company that introduces high-value product, services and integrations. He is the former CISO at UIL Holdings, where he oversaw the cyber security program and SCADA networks for their electric and three gas companies. Previously, he was Director of Information Security at People’s United Bank and an information security and network engineer at Traveler’s Insurance. Jeremy has also spent time with CT PURA and the MA DPU, helping form reasonable and effective cyber security regulation over each state's public utilities. He is a professor at Sacred Heart University, where he teaches Cyber Security and Computer Science. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems from UCONN and a master's degree in Technology Management from Quinnipiac.
Chris Beyer – CTO / Founder
Christopher Beyer has over 20 years of experience supporting IT systems for large companies and has implemented secure network and remote-access solutions in many different environments, including large financials, healthcare and utilities. Over the past five years, Chris has been heavily involved with ICS security and compliance, participating in the industry and community to further the security of our critical infrastructure. He co-founded Synacktek with a focus on helping companies improve their cyber security program and the reliability of their IT infrastructure. Chris was the manager of an integrated IT/OT team for UIL Holdings and the lead network engineer for People's United Bank. Chris is a PCNSE, CISSP and has also held certifications from ISACA, Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper, f5 and Splunk. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Sacred Heart University.
Ryan Gavigan – VP of Sales / Principal
Ryan brings 15 years of sales and management experience to his position as Vice President of Sales. He is a proven leader with a deep understanding of the cyber security industry and the ability to solve unique customer needs. He is responsible for developing and ensuring the company is executing on its go-to-market strategy and overseeing all client-facing functions, including sales, marketing, services and partner solutions, as well as client satisfaction. He has the belief in establishing long-term, trusted relationships with customers, business partners and manufacturers, which will be essential in our growth. Prior to joining Synacktek, he held sales positions with technology companies Akibia and Integration Partners. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Assumption College in Worcester, MA.
Bill Kehn – Principal Engineer
Bill has over 20 years in the IT industry working with many different customers, ranging from startups to large enterprise accounts. Bill comes to Synacktek after many years working for a local Connecticut-based VAR focusing on a variety of public- and private-sector accounts. He is highly specialized with extensive knowledge in the areas of routing/switching, service provider (WAN) and security technologies. Some of Bill's work includes working with large financials on building a scalable, secure enterprise WAN, IT/OT security initiatives and projects for utility sector clients in order to meet mandated government compliance deadlines. He has a bachelor's degree in Atmospheric and Computer Science from SUNY Albany; in 2015 achieved his Cisco CCIE (#48228) in Routing and Switching and holds certs from Palo Alto and f5.