Security is a Force for Good

At Anitian, we are on a mission to make security and compliance easy. We use the power and scale of the cloud to deliver security and compliance solutions for organizations of all sizes.  

As the corporate perimeter vanishes, due to remote workers and cloud enabled services, the traditional “castle defense” of large perimeter and data center appliances is ineffective. Furthemore, modern, high-performance DevOps environments cannot afford to be bogged down with tiresome compliance busywork. 

The cloud allows us to build dynamic, responsive, and resilient environments that are secure and compliant, by default and by design. This is the genesis of our Sherlock Cloud Security platform.  

Sherlock harnesses the power of the cloud to:

  • Rapidly deploy compute environments with security and compliance automatically integrated into every component
  • Dramatically reduce the cost and time to build and maintain security and compliance
  • Aggressively scan trillions of records for indicators of compromise
  • Empower people to make more accurate decisions about risk
  • Put the cloud to work protecting your data, business, and reputation

We serve thousands of companies and leaders with security and compliance solutions. Our reference accounts include some of the most recognized name brands in the world. Let us put the cloud to work protecting your business, your data, and your job.






Andrew Plato is a 20 year veteran of the information security industry. In 1995 while working at Microsoft supporting one of the first Internet e-commerce sites, Andrew inadvertently hacked the site using a SQL injection style attack. This incident inspired Andrew to start Anitian with a mission to help people understand the complexities of protecting data and systems. Since then, Andrew has participated in thousands of security projects, authored numerous articles, and given hundreds of presentations on all matters of IT security.

Andrew serves a brilliant team of security analysts. Andrew is committed to building collaborative, high-trust environments that cherish innovation, engagement, and accomplishment. Andrew’s forthright and pragmatic views on security, risk, and compliance have made him a highly sought speaker, author, and advisor.




Guy loves the challenges of the start-up and emerging growth phases of a company’s evolution. Guy has over thirty years of experience as a finance professional in the Portland Metro area. He has worked both as a consultant and a full-time finance executive leading accounting and finance teams with startups, emerging growth, and mid-market enterprises encompassing a spectrum of financial and administrative functions including raising capital, management operations, BOD relations, investor relations, accounting, analysis, legal, treasury, tax management, facilities, and human resources. He has extensive experience raising numerous private rounds of equity capital, as well as two IPOs. From 1983 through 2008 he was part of four venture fund start-ups, three as VP Finance/CFO.  He began consulting in 2009 and has been working with Anitian as their fractional CFO since mid-2018.

Guy has served on industry association boards, coached numerous youth sports and led youth organizations.  He celebrates his 31 plus year marriage daily and is immensely proud of he and his wife’s financially independent son and daughter.  He continues his active pursuit of adventure alpine skiing and surfing.




Jane has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. In 1992, Jane started a private accounting firm which she ran successfully for 14 years while raising her two daughters. In 2007, Jane stepped out of private practice to accept a Controllership position at a Portland advertising agency. In 2013, Jane became the Controller for Anitian and was promoted to Director of Operations in 2016, then Director of Finance in 2017, and in 2019 to Vice President of Operations.

Jane enjoys being part of a leadership team in the ever-changing and never boring information security industry and actively participating in Anitian’s mission of making security and compliance easy. At work, Jane works to promote an efficient, trust-based organization that empowers each member to achieve their best and to feel the joy that success brings. Outside of work, Jane is passionate about well-being and animal welfare.




Toni Plato brings to Anitian twenty years of experience in educating adults, developing talent through teaching and training, directing academic programs in training and development, leadership, healthcare management, and e-learning, and recruiting and retaining talent. Her previous experiences in higher education and healthcare allow her to contribute best practices in developing people throughout an organization.

Toni has lead both university courses and training seminars around topics in leadership, organizational behavior, human resources, management, and strategic planning. Toni has a master’s degree in Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education specializing in adult learning and organizational development. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in educational leadership through the University of New England.




Robert has 17 years, and counting, of information technology and security experience. Performing the role of both Security Operations Manager and Security Operations Architect allows him to fulfill his desires to build incredible security platforms and services as well as to connect with and help his team of Sherlocks conquer the security world. He works with his team to build not only a useful security monitoring program, but also the cloud-based SIEM to back it. He also leads Sherlock’s efforts in forensics and incident response, penetration testing, and security and cloud architecture. His pass-time during work is adapting the Sherlock training program to the constantly changing landscape of both technology and new threats.

He applies his passion for learning new things to the rest of his life: studying philosophy, language, music, and the natural world. He spends most of his non-work time playing bassoon in local groups, creating culinary dishes with his partner, going on hikes with his corgi, and creating his own computing lab environments to test the latest platforms and technologies.




Mike Mahar has spent the majority of his professional career developing solutions to enterprise challenges, spanning Fortune 500, Global 1000 and governmental organizations. His focus for the last twenty years has been on information security, specifically identity governance and administration (IGA), compliance, and risk management. Beyond information security, Mike has deep industry knowledge and experience with multiple enterprise applications, data centre transformation, and cloud service adoption. Mike brings this wealth of experience to Anitian to build a first rate consultancy that is focused upon bringing the value sought by clients to their organizations.

When not building consulting teams, Mike enjoys reading, travel, playing music, cooking, and metalworking.

Our team has a comprehensive spectrum of certifications, including:

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
  • AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty
  • AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty
  • AWS Certified Security – Specialty
  • PCI SSC Qualified Security Assessor Company (QSAC)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®)
  • Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP)
  • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
  • GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT)
  • GIAC Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
  • GIAC Incident Handler (GCIH)
  • GIAC Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
  • GIAC Firewall Analyst (GCFW)
  • GIAC Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester (GXPN)
  • Our team members have dozens of technology certifications from manufacturers like Cisco, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Splunk, and more.



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