We work hard to hire ethical, creative people who strive for excellence. Then we work even harder to keep them! The following profiles are for the more active staff members and associates.
Note: Not all associates are listed on this site. If you are interested in a particular certification, please ask.
Certified Information Security Specialists
During the early 1990s, Stacey was the Accounting Department Coordinator for a medium-sized business (200 employees), and since then she has owned her own company (small music store in West Lafayette) and worked for two banks as a teller. Stacey joined the infotex team in 2010 as Accounting Manager. In 2012, when three of the original four owners of infotex wanted to sell the company to a third party, Stacey stepped in and arranged the financing for her and Dan, her husband, to purchase the company. She then focused on our profitability and stability. Our company is “stable” thanks to Stacey’s leadership!
infotex found Michael Hartke in 2008 as he was getting his third company off the ground supporting small to medium size businesses in their technical endeavors. He started as a third shift Data Security Analyst (known then as NOC Associates) and was quickly consumed by cybersecurity. He worked his way up to six third shifts a week and offered his talents to help with web development and maintenance. Michael’s first official internal application for infotex was a Clients Notes tracking system in 2009. He was promoted to Senior NOC Associate, joined the internal Tech Team, and took over development of the infotex SIEM in 2011.
Michael was promoted to Programming Coordinator during the development of infotex SIEM2, spearheading additional services like Rogue Device Detection and Non-Reporting Devices systems. Michael soon started helping to support and develop our internal threat hunting / reporting tools our DSA’s use to watch networks. Michael remains on the internal Tech Team offering his skills to help with Incident Response for our Clients and continues to watch the SOC on a regular basis to ensure our tools and offerings are exceeding our Clients expectations.
Michael is an experienced speaker, giving talks at various cybersecurity conferences and workshops. He also moderates most of our webinars on incident response, awareness and cybersecurity.
Prior to founding infotex in 2000 to serve community banks, Dan Hadaway led software development projects, e-commerce application development, and many network installation projects. His first experience in IT governance came in 1984 when a company he co-owned decided to design an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application. He wrote his first Acceptable Use Policy in 1986, and after responding to his first major Information Security Incident in 1988, he conducted his first Information Technology risk assessment in 1989. He now works extensively with banks from 26 million to 14 billion on projects ranging from IT Audits to Incident Response to Policy Development. His primary strength is the use of risk management fundamentals to help banks determine where they need to be on the compliance spectrum. Dan speaks regularly at various conferences, workshops, and webinars. He has delivered talks for the Community Bankers Association of Illinois, the Indiana Bankers Association, the Missouri Bankers’ Association, and the Community Bankers Association of Ohio. He has presented for various user group meetings including the Jack Henry User Group, EPCOR, the Indiana CPA Society, etc. His topics range in scope from BYOD to Authentication to Vendor Management. People who have seen Dan speak will say that he has the ability to help non-technical people understand technical issues.
Dan facilitates the annual Indiana Bankers Association Cybersecurity Conference and the Ohio Bankers’ League Technology Conference. He co-moderates the OBL’s IT Forum. He has been the facilitator of this conference since 2008, which grew in size from about 40 in 2008 to approximately over 120 attendees in 2018. Following the lead of the Education Director at the IBA, Dan worked closely with her and helped develop content, find and coach the speakers and panelists, drum up attendance, and moderate the actual event.
Dan also writes regularly (primarily on his blog.) He has been published in Bank Notes, Hoosier Banker, the Ohio Record, the ABA’s Compliance Magazine, and several other trade magazines and websites. Dan also helped write the original CRISC manual for ISACA.
Dan and his wife, Stacey, live in Lafayette Indiana, where Dan writes music and enjoys watching the careers of his two daughters, Dani and Jacki. A lover of music and philosophy, and an innovator in IT Governance, Dan always achieves very high ratings in his talks, seminars, and workshops.
Sean hails from Cincinnati, OH and holds a B.S. in Telecommunications and Networking Technology from Purdue University. He came to infotex as a NOC Associate in 2005 and has seen the evolution of our managed services through three leaders prior to becoming the defacto leader himself.
In 2007 he became our Lead Technical Auditor and is involved with penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and social engineering tests as part of Information Technology Audits.
In 2012 he was promoted to Information Security Officer in charge of policy enforcement and development. Sean also continues to manage the technical staff and coordinate the evolution of our infrastructure and managed services.
Chad Smith, CISSP
Security Operation Center Manger / Senior Security Operation Center Analyst
Chad joined the infotex team in 2008. As the Security Operation Center (SOC) Manager he is responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day operations of the 24×7 SOC, developing and maturing processes, and driving innovation. As a Senior SOC Analyst he serves as an escalation point to address unique alerts, threats, incidents, and requests. Besides regular SOC duties, he is also responsible for optimizing and automating workflows, continuously improving techniques and tools by researching security trends, and developing new methods of monitoring for threats.
Chad enjoys spending time with his wife and family. His hobbies include reading, listening, learning, and creating.
Bryan joined the infotex team in the Summer of 2009 as a weekend NOC Associate. Through showing his strong work ethic and willingness to try new things, Bryan has come from a mere two shifts a week to five shifts a week. He rose to the rank of Senior NOC Associate in the Summer of 2013. Bryan handles a lot of the internal auditing of our Daily Reports and the creation of Quarterly IDS Reports for clients. He is also in charge of keeping our boilerplate inventory under control and updated as we go. In 2018, Bryan started a new role as the Director for our movies/webinars and was started tracking a number of projects from almost all areas of the business. In 2019, Bryan celebrated his 10th Anniversary working with infotex!
In 2020, he took on a lot of the marketing, social media, email campaigns, website updating, and moved up to being a Producer of all the movie projects and helped run various online events for the Indiana Bankers Association and Ohio Bankers League.
Bryan is living with his wife and daughter in Florida just outside of Orlando. He enjoys movies, gaming, reading, and going to Disney World and Universal Studios.
Ryan Hensler, CISSP
Senior NOC Associate
Ryan came to infotex in 2011 after graduating with a dual major B.A. from Ball State University. He started with us as a weekend NOC Associate, where his technical skillset and more began to shine.
Ryan’s first technical experience came in high school when he worked through his summer breaks helping his high school’s IT department. Once he moved on to college, he started his own successful media production and technical consulting company. His strong work ethic, entrepreneurial drive, and creative vision has led Ryan to thrive at infotex. Here he has continued to build on his background in networking, programming, and information security.
Ryan lives with his wife, Lori, and daughter, Savannah, in Kokomo, Indiana. In his limited spare time, he enjoys the weather, amateur radio, and playing the piano.
Adam joined the team in 2012, primarily working the night and weekend shifts. As he has gained experience in the company, he is now the lead non-technical auditor for infotex and handles Incident Response Tabletop Tests as well. He is starting to write more articles on information security topics for infotex and speak at various conferences, workshops, and webinars. He currently holds the ISC2 CISSP certification and working towards CISA. Adam lives in Dayton, OH with his cats, Joseph and Ms. Kitty. He enjoys spending time outdoors, table top gaming, flight sims, and 3D printing to name a few things.
Matt Jolley, CISA
Staff Auditor / Data Security Analyst
Matt joined infotex in 2015 as a NOC Associate, later adding technical auditing and work on infotex‘s own systems to his NOC watching duties. Matt has been “Vigilize” . . . . our primary article reviewer . . . . since January 2016. Writing about technology is nothing new for Matt: he started his career as a freelance contributor to Maximum PC magazine at the age of 14.
Matt became a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in 2020.
Matt lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he grew up and enjoys spending long nights in front of the PC, photography and hunting for interesting consumer electronics at local thrift stores.
Sofia Puga Tafoya
Sofia joined infotex in 2017 as a Marketing Coordinator to assist with web design, marketing materials, and other sales and marketing duties. In 2020, her role was changed to Graphic Illustrator, as she produces all the artwork for infotex. As an example, Sofia creates our Awareness Posters, ads and graphics.
Sofia received her BA from Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) in Indianapolis in computer graphics. Before joining infotex, Sofia worked for Andy Harmon Insurance. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family.
Nate joined infotex in July of 2020 to fill our newly formed Engagement Coordinator position. Nate is a proud Purdue Boilermaker with a BA in Organizational Leadership and Supervision, with 5+ years of Client Engagement experience in the InfoSec, Construction, and Automotive industries.
Nate is passionate about making sure Clients are meeting their goals but most importantly that they are able to get a good night’s sleep! If Nate doesn’t have the answer he will get it for you in the most efficient way possible.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his dog Loki, playing tabletop games with friends, and cheering on Arsenal Football Club.
Tanvee Dhir, CEH
Data Security Analyst
Tanvee joined infotex in 2020 as a Data Security Analyst. Tanvee is a proud Terp moving from Maryland to Indiana.
Tanvee earned a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and then moved to the United States to finish her Master’s in Cybersecurity. Her first technical experience was working as the NOC associate for the UMD’s Network Center. She currently holds Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification and plans to take on Cloud Security next.
Tanvee is passionate about learning new things and taking up new responsibilities so that her skillset is constantly growing and diverse. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, whipping up new cocktails, creating art, and discovering new music.
Steve holds a B.S. in Cybersecurity from Purdue University and joined infotex in 2021 throughout his studies in West Lafayette, IN. While holding various security positions for public and private sector organizations in the past, Steve also supported the Indiana Army National Guard as a formally trained Intelligence Analyst where he worked with a team to prepare actionable briefs about the latest military threats.
Steve is ecstatic about his Data Security Analyst role, and with skills in information security, analysis, and public speaking, is also a dedicated speaker here at infotex.
Outside of working on new technologies in his home lab, Steve enjoys landscape photography, 3D printing, and hanging out with friends and family!
T.J. founded Deckard Design in 2014 to provide custom software development and IT consulting services to businesses. He has over two decades of experience in the banking and healthcare IT landscapes, including over a decade of experience as the Information Security Officer of a de novo community bank.
Deckard Design is actively involved in the development of the next generation of SIEM products at infotex.
Kate Odynetc is from Tula, Russia. She graduated from Tula State University with a BA in Printing. She worked in Advertising for 4 years, and for 3 years as a Digital Marketing Consultant. After moving to Prague, Czech Republic she realized that she wanted to work as an illustrator. Kate is a new illustrator but likes to create characters and enjoys her new work and its results.
Kate is currently collaborating in the production of some of the artwork for infotex.
Matthew Jonkman, CISSP
Senior Security Consultant
Matthew Jonkman came to us as part of our acquisition of Paradigm Shift Security in January 2003. Prior to then, he was an associate Security Engineer, so we’ve actually been working with Matt since late 2000.
Matt was our CTO from 2003 through 2006. He still works with us as an associate.
Matt has been involved in Information Technology since the late-1980s. He has a strong background in banking and network security, network engineering, incident response, and Intrusion Detection. Matt led our team in the development of our managed services as well as the creation of bleeding snort. He now maintains the third generation of bleeding snort, emergingthreats.net. Matt spent 5 years serving abroad in the Army as an Air Traffic Control Radar and Communications Systems Engineer before attending Indiana State University and the Rose-Hulman Institute. After several years as a general consultant he became Lead Technician for Sprint’s Internal and Managed Security division, overseeing the implementation of all Sprint Internal and Managed Security Devices. Matt then moved to the financial sector as Senior Security Engineer for a major Midwestern bank and financial services corporation. Matt is helping our firm offer a full range of general and security specific consulting services and Security Assessments to the entire country, as well as Managed Intrusion Detection, Secure Email, and Managed Firewall Services.
Joe Cychosz, BSEE, MSE
Consultant / Associate / Thinker’s Lunch
Joe began his career twenty years ago as a Systems Analyst for Control Data Corporation where he was responsible for clients including Bendix, Caterpillar, Indiana State University, Fermilab, Aeritalia, Purdue University, and various government locations. He later established a computer consulting firm which provides systems integration and product development for small companies. Joe has over fifteen years of experience in product development and integration of UNIX-based systems. Joe was Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a research staff member at Purdue University’s Computer Aided Design and Graphics Lab and the Center for Collaborative Manufacturing. He has been the manager of the lab’s infrastructure since 1986 and has participated in state-of-the-art computer graphics research projects since 1981. He has published several articles on computer graphics and has authored contributions in the Graphics Gems (italic for Graphics Gems) series.
As a consultant, he was co-architect and developer of a Hierarchal Storage Management (HSM) system capable of storing several terabytes of data with complete autonomous operation. Joe also has developed production management data base systems for the entertainment industry. He is co-founder of WorldServer, a web-hosting services and data base solutions company, and is CTO of 1mart Corporation, a provider of e-commerce solutions. Joe Cychosz has a BSEE from the University of Illinois and a MSE from Purdue University. He is a member of SIGGRAPH and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.