Transformation through Operational Education

Every company small or large has the potential to effectively defend their most critical assets. Every person, regardless of prior education, with an aptitude and passion for cybersecurity has the potential to excel in the exciting, high paying field of cybersecurity. In 2020, we realized that to unlock this potential a fundamental shift is required towards operational learning. Bringing the latest threats and technologies together with real, on-the-job situations allows learners to immediately deploy into professional job roles. RapidAscent brings this new mode of operational training to companies and learners at a large scale.

Our Mission

We partner with companies and students together to

  • secure companies from rapidly evolving threats
  • provide a job-ready, deployable talent pipeline
  • build cyber security careers for a better life

Our Story

While training and assessing risk to companies in cybersecurity space in 2020, Mike Lyons at Stanford along with Craig Schultz and Brian DeMuth, who were operating in corporate cyber risk and advanced cyber defense, formed a new team with leading industry cybersecurity experts.
They realized that the largest risk issue facing companies globally was the rapidly increasing skills gap leading to more than 4 million unfilled positions.
Realizing that even the largest companies did not have the resources available to build a training program that can keep up with new emerging cyber technologies and threats, they designed an adaptive, hands-on, online learning capability that Fortune 100 companies now depend on.
Since then, these immersive programs upskill learners so they can operate effectively from their first fundamental training through internship, apprenticeship, hiring, advancement, promotion and retention.
RapidAscent provides learners with the capability to excel in staying ahead of threats, is centered on company's on-the-job projects, and matches learners with potential and passion to thrive in a robust cyber security career that matches a corporation's needs.

Executive team

Mike Lyons

Chief Executive Officer & Co‑Founder

Craig Schultz

Chief Product Officer & Co‑Founder

Brian DeMuth

Chief Growth Officer & Co‑Founder

Mehdi Cherqaoui

Chief Operating and Financial officer

Brandon Keath

VP of Curriculum Development and Instruction

Brian Pollock

Chief Architect & Sr Director Product Platform Development

Advisory Team

Paul Vilevac

Sr Director, Sentinel One

Chris Villasenor

Co-Founder, Dir, TealSpace Inc.

Lynda Elis

President & CEO, Capitol Concierge

Matt Weaver

Director, Cyber Bytes Foundation

Bill Smith

Chairman, Board of Dir, Young Marines

Mike Hallinan

Former Dir, Cyber CSAA, Marine, Veterans Education

Bruno DelMarre

Former General Manager for Microsoft MEA

Paris E L'Etraz, PhD

Managing Director Venture Lab, IE Business School

Jack Murphy

AI/ML Specialist,

Todd Rowley

Old Dominion Bank, Nova and
VA Tech

Mark Goodwin

Former VA Tech Assoc,
Director Hume Center

Marty Hernandez

Business Strategy Advisor

About the Community Safeguarding Our Cyberspace.

Taking Students Beyond the Basics to Build Mastery