About Us

Cyber Fidelis is an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and a combat veteran-operated security company. Our principals helped define the fundamental requirements for CMMC in 2011 while serving with USCYBERCOM. Our team has more than 50 years of combined thought leadership and hands on cyber security experience, serving in the Department of Defense, the US Intelligence Community, the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), supply chain partners, shaping regulatory compliance requirements and defining updated corporate governance.

Cyber Fidelis

The Company was conceived by 1980's era U.S. Navy and Marine Corp colleagues who each later transferred to the U.S. Army to become OPSEC Thought Leaders and Information Operations Officers. Assigned to a highly classified special cyber warfare operations group, they deployed to Washington D.C. and performed a series of strategic web risk assessments for the U.S. Army across the globe in preparation for the Invasion of Iraq.

During hundreds of vulnerability assessments, Red Team penetration tests and survivability exercises, it became clear that there was an overwhelming abundance of cultural and technical defects within the defense industry base including critical infrastructure and supply chains.

After serving in uniformed as information war fighters, these brothers in arms returned home as experienced veterans and immediately transformed themselves into recognized domain experts at the Pentagon and Defense Intelligence Agency focused on making America's Intelligence Community, supply chain and Defense Industry Base (DIB) information security culture stronger and safer.

Our Team served as Senior Level advisors in multiple U.S. Government agencies.

Meet our team of experts

Richard Morrison

Senior Compliance Advisor

Richard Morrison is an experienced senior level Cyber Security and Operations Program Management Professional with over 20 years of DoD, Federal, and state government enterprise level policy analysis, development, and implementation; compliance experience; servant leadership; project/program/portfolio management; operations management; business process analysis and transformation; business development and client engagement; and professional coaching and mentoring.

Mr. Morrison is a veteran of the US Navy Reserves, having served for 13 years as an intelligence analyst supporting PACOM, ONI, and DIA, and rising to the rank of Petty Officer First Class.

Jeff Ballard

Senior Compliance Advisor

With over 25 years of corporate leadership and management experience, and a BS in Information Systems, Jeff has a demonstrated ability to deliver multinational organizational, operations and IT initiatives of up to $90M USD in scope.  

Before joining Astra Veda, Jeff was brought in to reorganize and reimagine the IT operations for Hudson Pacific Properties, the $5B US West Coast real estate investment trust and the largest owner of independent movie studios in the US. Prior to Hudson Pacific, Jeff drove corporate-wide, multi-million-dollar initiatives for companies such as Sony, Honda, SDI Media, Colorado Access, United Health (Pacificare Health Systems) and Stewart Title. Jeff joined Sony Pictures as a local IT Manager in 2002, leaving Sony after 12 years as their Executive Director and Global Head of IT Support Operations, leading a team of 76 technical engineers supporting one of the largest entertainment companies in the world.

Mick Davis

Senior Policy Advisor

Mick has over 30 years of experience in the safeguarding information operations. He is a senior policy advisor and provides context and de-confliction for cyber related incidents. He is also an Information Operations expert with depth in specialized affects within the corresponding organizational sphere of equities to maintain statutory and service delivery competency.

Mick has worked as a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) in systems analysis focused on rapid prototyping and systems requirements for USCYBERCOM.

He is fully capable of customizing and employing security and continuous monitoring operational processes that meet Fed Ramp, Amazon Web Services GovCloud encompassing FIPS 199 leveraging Lean Six Sigma and ITIL standards to sustain cost effective mission assurance and compliance for third party assessment organization audits. Mr. Davis is also capable of supporting and de-conflicting SOX, HIPPA, Graham Leech, NIST, and Cobit or ISO requirements.

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