Management Team

Scott Markle

CEO

is an industry veteran with nearly 20 years of information security experience in business and product development, sales and marketing, and consortia and project marketing. Prior to the spinout, Markle served as director of US operations as well as vice president of business development. Prior to joining West Coast Labs (Haymarket), he spent 10 years with ICSA Labs, another premier security testing company and independent division of Verizon Business, where he managed both network and content security technology groups, and implemented and oversaw the Premier Services division. He has led many industry groups that have directed the development of accepted test methodologies and security best practices within numerous developing technologies.

Roger Thompson

CTO

is a software innovator and thought leader in the malicious code / security space, and is one of the few first-generation anti-virus researchers still active in the industry, having built the first antivirus in Australia, in 1987. Before joining the new West Coast Labs, he served as the chief emerging threat researcher at ICSA Labs, and prior to that was vice president of threat research at AVG Technologies (AVG). He is a frequent speaker at security conferences worldwide, and is often sought out by the press for insights on matters of malicious code. He is a member of CARO (Computer Antivirus Research Organization – the world’s core antivirus researchers), and is on the editorial board of Virus Bulletin.

Richard Thomas

Director of Global Operations

has worked in the security industry for over 15 years. He has vast experience in all areas of infosec testing including; test plan development, network architecture design and implementation, data analysis and research. He has been extensively involved in the development of various UK government accreditation schemes including CCTM & CPA. He is also a published review writer and conference speaker. Away from information security, Richard holds a black belt in karate and is a self-confessed gaming, book, and movie nerd.

Larry Bridwell

Sr. Vice President, Strategic Alliances

brings more than 18 years of information security and security testing experience to West Coast Labs. Prior to joining the new company, Bridwell served as vice president of global security strategies at AVG Technologies (AVG), one of the largest anti-virus and malware companies. There he worked closely with the technology groups to determine current and future malware trends, and develop and promote best practices and protection strategies using AVG security products. Before AVG, he served as the manager of ICSA Labs Anti-Virus Product Developer’s consortium (AVPD), and managed and authored the highly regarded annual Virus Prevalence Survey. He is very active in anti-virus and malicious software working groups currently serving as chair for the Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers (AVAR), and is a long-standing member of the European Institute of Computer Antivirus Research (EICAR), Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), and Department of Homeland Security’s Software Assurance Working Groups. He frequently presents at IT security conferences globally including Virus Bulletin, EICAR, AVAR, RSA, Comdex, and InfoSec World.