Joshua Marpet, Chief Operating Officer/Co-Founder, Red Lion

Joshua Marpet, Chief Operating Officer/Co-Founder, Red Lion

Joshua Marpet is an ex-cop, ex-fireman, and ex-historical blacksmith.  He has been in IT and Infosec since the 90’s.  His first formal security job was at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia as a senior information security engineer.


He is a graduate of MACH37™, the top cybersecurity start-up accelerator designed to facilitate the creation of the next generation of cyber product companies.


He is also a former DEF CON speaker “goon” – a staffer who coordinated speakers at the world’s largest, longest continuously run, underground hacking conference.


Josh was second in command of security for all nine years of Derbycon, an information security conference held in Louisville KY, that began in 2010 and ended in 2019.


He’s also a former adjunct instructor at various universities, including Wilmington University, and a former board member of Hackers for Charitysecurity expert hackers who use their “superpowers” to make the world a better place through projects and acts of service.


Josh is the co-founder and current chief operating officer of Red Lion, a boutique firm that specializes in the ability to see around corners and tackle information security and compliance issues for any size business. He is also a current faculty member for IANS, the Institute for Applied Network Security, as well as for the MIS Training Institute (MISTI), the international leader in audit and information security training. Josh just started a new nonprofit, the RM-ISAO, a trade association to help small and medium government contractors be secure and compliant in a way that they can afford and operate effectively.


He’s a Shmoocon staff member – an annual, East Coast hacker convention “… hell-bent on offering three days of an interesting atmosphere for demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software and hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical infosec issues.”


And, if all that isn’t enough, Josh is also a board member of BSidesDE and BSidesDC, and a former board member of BSidesLV. BSides is the first grass roots, DIY, open security conference in the world that takes place in four core events. Josh is, or has been, a board member for 3 of these 4 conferences. He has been honored as one of the top 10 most influential people in the entire BSides movement.


Josh is the author of a patent-pending invention around blockchain and forensic files. And, finally, when he’s not spending his remaining time with his wife and child, he squeezes in some time to sleep.