About Us

Your Trusted Security Advisors

“At FWDSEC (Forward Security) we are all about doing application, cloud, and information security better. Our team tackles security using a systematic approach, leveraging standards based and repeatable processes. We are incredibly passionate about delivering the best security solutions, and are driven to help our clients achieve the highest level of security to enable business growth.”

Farshad Abasi
Founder, Chief Security Officer

Who we are

Forward Security is a group of highly accomplished security professionals who focus on delivering best-in-class security solutions. Our team has experience with some of the world’s largest organizations including HSBC, Intel, and Motorola. In our day-to-day we love working closely with fast-growing start-ups and medium-sized enterprises to provide the security expertise they need to build their businesses with peace of mind.

How we came to be

When it comes to certain domains of security – particularly application and cloud – there is a shortage of quality service providers who have a deep understanding of the subject matter and evolving technology landscape. At Forward Security we have brought together some of the best and the brightest in the industry to provide leading expertise in these domains. We are truly passionate about security. Our team is here to deliver the most effective security for your business, following standardized, systematic, and repeatable processes.

Our values

We believe in leading by providing expertise across all levels of security. Facing security issues can feel daunting; we take a straight-talk approach, providing clarity and transparency for your organization with solutions you can trust. We are positive and encouraging as educators and service providers, always striving to work hard and work smart. We aim to provide our clients with thought leadership in security, and pride ourselves on always staying at the leading edge of best practices

What you can expect

As your trusted Cybersecurity advisors, you can always expect us to provide consistent and top-quality service tailored to your business. Tap into our specialized security understanding to solve your most challenging security problems with expert advice. We also know efficiency is key. People want high quality deliverables without the extraneous layers, so we get straight to the point (but with a smile, of course).

Who we are

Forward Security is a group of highly accomplished security professionals who focus on delivering best-in-class security solutions. Our team has experience with some of the world’s largest organizations including HSBC, Intel, and Motorola. In our day-to-day we love working closely with fast-growing start-ups and medium-sized enterprises to provide the security expertise they need to build their businesses with peace of mind.

How we came to be

When it comes to certain domains of security – particularly application and cloud – there is a shortage of quality service providers who have a deep understanding of the subject matter and evolving technology landscape. At Forward Security we have brought together some of the best and the brightest in the industry to provide leading expertise in these domains. We are truly passionate about security. Our team is here to deliver the most effective security for your business, following standardized, systematic, and repeatable processes.

Our values

We believe in leading by providing expertise across all levels of security. Facing security issues can feel daunting; we take a straight-talk approach, providing clarity and transparency for your organization with solutions you can trust. We are positive and encouraging as educators and service providers, always striving to work hard and work smart. We aim to provide our clients with thought leadership in security, and pride ourselves on always staying at the leading edge of best practices

What you can expect

As your trusted Cybersecurity advisors, you can always expect us to provide consistent and top-quality service tailored to your business. Tap into our specialized security understanding to solve your most challenging security problems with expert advice. We also know efficiency is key. People want high quality deliverables without the extraneous layers, so we get straight to the point (but with a smile, of course).

Who we are

How we came to be

Forward Security is a group of highly accomplished security professionals, who focus on delivering best-in-class security solutions. Our team has experience with some of the world’s largest organizations including HSBC, Intel, and Motorola. In our day-to-day we love working closely with fast-growing start-ups and medium-sized enterprises to provide the security expertise they need to build their businesses with peace of mind.

When it comes to certain domains of security – particularly application and cloud – there is a shortage of quality service providers who have a deep understanding of the subject matter and evolving technology landscape. At Forward Security we have brought together some of the best and the brightest in the industry to provide leading expertise in these domains. We are truly passionate about security. Our team is here to deliver the most effective security for your business, following standardized, systematic, and repeatable processes.

Our values

What you can expect

We believe in leading by providing expertise across all levels of security. Facing security issues can feel daunting; we take a straight-talk approach, providing clarity and transparency for your organization with solutions you can trust. We are positive and encouraging as educators and service providers, always striving to work hard and work smart. We aim to provide our clients with thought leadership in security, and pride ourselves on always staying at the leading edge of best practices

As your trusted Cybersecurity advisors, you can always expect us to provide consistent and top-quality service tailored to your business. Tap into our specialized security understanding to solve your most challenging security problems with expert advice. We also know efficiency is key. People want high quality deliverables without the extraneous layers, so we get straight to the point (but with a smile, of course).

Meet Our
Team

Farshad Abasi

Founder, Chief Security Officer

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An innovative technologist with over twenty years of experience in security, software design and development, network and system architecture and management. Farshad spent a decade as a senior member of HSBC’s IT security team and currently leads OWASP’s Vancouver chapter.

Designations & Certifications: CISSP

Mathieu Chretien

Mathieu Chretien

Director of Engagement Management and Operations

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Matt brings over 17 years of experience in IT program & project management, as well as cash flow & supply chain optimization with organizations of all sizes from Deloitte, EY, BC Hydro, and GE, to emerging tech start-ups. When he’s not advising customers, he enjoys kayaking, skiing, and spending time with his children and close friends.

Designations & Certs: PMP, CSCP

Hedi Cheriaa

Hedi Cheriaa

Business Development and Sales Lead

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Hedi is passionate about technology, biotech, golf, innovation, consulting, sales, and coaching. With over 12 years of experience in B2B sales, he has worked with some of world’s leading brands such as Oracle, SAP, Longview, and Salesforce as well as start-ups to achieve their growth objectives through business development, sales operations optimization, talent management, and innovation.

Adam Harrison

Application Security Consultant

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An AppSec Consultant with a love of all things code. Prior to entering the security industry, Adam worked as a Software Engineer building a strong foundation in software architecture and security. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, tennis, and bug bounties.

Designations & Certifications: OWSE

Ralph Andalis

Application Security Consultant

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Ralph brings over 5 years’ experience in AppSec, security research and cyber threat management, built through his time working for leading companies such as HP and Ernst & Young. His natural curiosity for technology energizes his everyday passion for pushing security forward.

Meet Our
Advisory Board
Dominic Rubino

Dominic Rubino

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Dominic is a serial entrepreneur, having started, bootstrapped, built and sold a number of companies in fields such as construction, pharmaceuticals, real estate, franchising and business advisory services. He believes in building high performing teams held together with a strong culture and simple systems.

 

Goran Kimovski

Goran Kimovski (Kima)

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Kima is a software industry veteran with 20+ years of experience building products & solutions on a variety of technology platforms. He is also a successful entrepreneur, co-founding and leading TriNimbus, a major Canadian AWS consulting business, through rapid growth and acquisitions by Onica and later Rackspace that enabled the business to become the largest AWS partner in North America.

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