meet the tsf team

The members behind The Sixth Flag bring a wide variety of experience and talent to the team.

Pete Kofod, Founder and CEO

Peter has over twenty years of technical and leadership experience in Information Technology, including the development of secure hosted services for the transportation industry as well as designing and managing networks in the utility and defense sectors. In addition to his role at TSF, Peter is Founder and Principal of Raleigh-based Datasages Consulting Group LLC, a firm dedicated to providing enterprise management services to industrial and transportation customers. In this role, Pete is often called upon to lend expertise to large scale transportation projects. He has been a material contributor to the implementation of Positive Train Control in the United States, particularly as it applies to security and availability in a hosted environment and has patents under way related to this work..

Prior to entering the technology industry, Pete served as an Army officer in various operational and staff roles in the US Army Special Forces, including six years on a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (SFODA). In this capacity, he developed a deep appreciation for the complexity of developing and executing the security and back up plans necessary for a successfully completing a mission and ensuring the safe return of all personnel.

Pete's approach to security is heavily influenced by his military experience. It grants him a unique perspective that focuses on system hardening as well as mitigation and resiliency. Defense in depth, cell structure security, message based architecture and discardable resources are concepts that Pete strongly advocates with his security conscious clients.

Pete has been responsible for the deployment of several large enterprise management systems, focusing on high availability and secure networks, including the ground network for the International Space Station. He has been asked to lead various Red Team efforts, including full mission profile penetration testing of transit authority trail control systems.

He is a renowned speaker and thought leader on issues of Internet security, system management, trustless systems, and privacy. He has been asked to speak to various groups, including the Unites States Secret Service on the topic of network and cyber security as well as the resiliency of trustless systems such bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.. Peter has also served as an advisor to the committee for network security at the American Public Transit Association.

Under Pete's leadership, The Sixth Flag was recently named to CRN's 2015 Top 25 Emerging Vendors and to its Top 10 Emerging Cloud Vendors. In October 2015, Pete was named among CRN's 100 People You Don't Know But Should.

Peter holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1990).

Pete Kofod

David Kinghorn, Co-Founder and CTO

David has over seven years experience developing and testing cloud services and conducting integration with social networks. Prior to The Sixth Flag, David was a software engineer at Xobni, a social media startup later purchased by Yahoo, where he developed front and backend web services.

From 2007 until 2010, David was a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft in Silicon Valley where he worked on a cloud-based video service called Microsoft Mediaroom, now Ericsson Media Room, helping telecommunications companies compete in the paid TV space with a team distributed across China, the US and the United Kingdom..

David holds a MS in Computer Science (2007) from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and a BS in Software Engineering from the same University.

David Kinghorn

Shane Yocum, Vice President of Business Development

Prior to joining The Sixth Flag, Shane served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In this role, he investigated cyber-based terrorism, espionage and state sponsored intrusions. This position afforded him the opportunity to provide outreach and guidance with the public and private sector to mitigate digital exposure worldwide.

Before the FBI, Shane served as a Special Forces operator, communication specialist and Airborne Ranger in the US Army.

Shane earned a B.A. in Science, Technology and Society from North Carolina State University and is a Board member for the local Pony baseball league. He lives in Silicon Valley.

Shane Yocum

Meghan Kofod, Vice President of Operations

Meghan started her career working in biotech and genetics research. Then while working as a genetic counselor from 1993 to 1997, Meghan discovered that her true passion involved presenting targeted information, public speaking, and designing brochures and educational materials.

To this end, from 1997 to 2008, Meghan fully immersed herself into studying and practicing web development, IT infrastructure and graphic design. She has since developed a web presence for various local businesses and non-profit organizations.

Meghan holds a BS in Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1991). She also holds a MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina (1993).

Meghan Kofod