Brian Everest is a results-oriented IT professional with over 25 years of experience in designing, implementing and supporting IT systems and networks for diverse industries. Brian served as a Director of IT Networks and Security at CGI, where he ran a security group conducting penetration testing and security audits for enterprise level customers.
Brian has observed that the Boards, governing bodies and management at Starport’s clients have become increasingly aware that they are not immune to cyber crime. He believes that if a company acknowledges the threat head on, and takes the appropriate steps to make themselves an unattractive target; it is possible to dissuade cyber criminals from striking. One of Brian’s passions is working with a client to implement sufficient information security tools and practices so as to manage risk and mitigate the effects of cyber criminals.Brian holds the CISSP, CISA and CISM certifications, he also holds a Programmer/Analyst diploma and an MBA degree in Information Technology.
David Poulson has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. After graduating from Commerce at Queen’s University he worked at ComputerLand in Toronto, where he saw the potential for the personal computer. He joined Ernst & Young and while completing his MBA at U of T. While there, he participated in the development of E&Y’s new PC practice area.
Since that time, he started a number of successful technology ventures, including software firm United System Solutions which became a CGI company in 2001. After a short break, he co-founded Starport with former United colleague, Brian Everest. Starport has enjoyed steady growth and is now in its 13th year with more than 30 full time staff.
As an entrepreneur with decades of experience in Information technology, David and his partner Brian Everest observed the troubling increase in cyber activity targeting SMEs. They knew that cyber threats had become sophisticated, dangerous and unrelenting, and that Starport’s clients were going to need new approaches to combat the work of cyber thieves in this unfortunate new normal. As a result, Cyber724 was launched in January, 2018.
Eric has over 25 years experience delivering technology solutions to a wide range of industry sectors in both Canada and the United States. He started his career as a programmer but quickly found he was more interested in a “big picture” view of technology. He eventually moved into a solutions architect role where he was able to fulfill his passion of providing complete custom solutions to clients.
Eric joined Starport at its inception 13 years ago. He has provided leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology solutions throughout his time here. Over the last several years he has been focused on cyber security, attack prevention and damage mitigation.
Prior to joining Starport, Eric ran a successful consulting company for almost 10 years. His clients included Nortel, JPMorgan Chase, CIBC and Royal Bank. He provided enterprise computing and telecommunications solutions with an emphasis on fraud prevention for credit and banking card services.