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About

Leadership

Ben Gerenstein - CEO

Ben Gerenstein is the CEO and Founder of Rimstorm. As CEO, Ben is responsible for managing all of Rimstorm’s teams and operations as well as setting the overall vision and strategic direction for the company. Ben develops Rimstorm’s business strategies and plans to ensure long-term sustainable growth by leading and motivating teams and operations.

As of September 2020, Ben has been named a CMMC Provisional Assessor by the CMMC-AB. As one of the very first CMMC assessors in the country, Ben will be participating in the first ever assessments under the CMMC-AB. He is also an active member in the CMMC-AB Exam Objectives Working Group. 

Ben is a serial entrepreneur who has grown, cultivated and sold a number of successful IT companies, including, most recently, an MSP located in the DC metro region. He has received numerous awards over the years, including multiple wins of the Fantastic 50 Award presented by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to the fastest growing companies in the state.

Ben’s passion for technology began while pursuing has Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Colgate University. Throughout his career, Ben has had extensive experience as a senior network engineer and security analyst. He was Director of Network Systems at Dow Jones and his technical experience includes heading a cybersecurity audit team for the US Naval institute. In addition, Ben has an MBA and is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

When not working, Ben is an avid Maker at Nova Labs and enjoys building steampunk gadgets that mix old and new technologies.

Ben Gerenstein - CEO

Ben Gerenstein is the CEO and Founder of Rimstorm. As CEO, Ben is responsible for managing all of Rimstorm’s teams and operations as well as setting the overall vision and strategic direction for the company. Ben develops Rimstorm’s business strategies and plans to ensure long-term sustainable growth by leading and motivating teams and operations.

As of September 2020, Ben has been named a CMMC Provisional Assessor by the CMMC-AB. As one of the very first CMMC assessors in the country, Ben will be participating in the first ever assessments under the CMMC-AB. He is also an active member in the CMMC-AB Exam Objectives Working Group. 

Ben is a serial entrepreneur who has grown, cultivated and sold a number of successful IT companies, including, most recently, an MSP located in the DC metro region. He has received numerous awards over the years, including multiple wins of the Fantastic 50 Award presented by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to the fastest growing companies in the state.

Ben’s passion for technology began while pursuing has Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Colgate University. Throughout his career, Ben has had extensive experience as a senior network engineer and security analyst. He was Director of Network Systems at Dow Jones and his technical experience includes heading a cybersecurity audit team for the US Naval institute. In addition, Ben has an MBA and is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

When not working, Ben is an avid Maker at Nova Labs and enjoys building steampunk gadgets that mix old and new technologies.

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Erik Briceño - Chief Operating Officer

Erik Briceño is Rimstorm’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Erik oversees the daily operations as well as provides support in the creation and implementation of strategic visions for Rimstorm, in collaboration with the CEO, to achieve sustainable long-term growth.

Aside from Rimstorm, Erik is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty.

Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm.

From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University.

When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.

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Chris Waskowich – Chief Technology Officer

Chris Waskowich is Rimstorm’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, Chris provides technical leadership through the implementation and supervision of projects to ensure all of Rimstorm’s technical aspects are in alignment with its business strategy.

Aside from Rimstorm, Chris is the CIO for V2 Systems. Chris is the certified expert in leveraging technology to deliver quality managed IT services for V2’s clients. He is dedicated to guiding his clients through the maze of matching business need to technology potential, which includes process standardizing, workflow optimization, budget forecasting, training and generally answering the question, “how can we use technology to do things better?”

Along with Erik Briceño, Chris was a co-founder and CTO of Ampcast.com and was responsible for managing and executing the entire technical infrastructure of Ampcast.com. Prior to Ampcast.com, Chris was an Acoustic Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation from 1995 to 1999 and was responsible for the development and administration of custom software designed to track and analyze the overall acoustic performance of submarines. Chris holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in Technology Management from George Mason University.

 

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Jennifer Tenzin – Director of Marketing

Jennifer Tenzin is Rimstorm’s Director of Marketing. As Director of Marketing, Jennifer leads in the development and execution of comprehensive marketing strategies for Rimstorm. She builds and manages all internal and external communications related to the coordination of marketing programs to further the growth of the company. She oversees the daily operations of content development, advertisement, and the alignment of Rimstorm’s strategic messaging on digital platforms. Jennifer graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs.

Outside of Rimstorm, Jennifer enjoys staying active, spending time with friends and family, and traveling and discovering new places to eat.

Our Purpose

Rimstorm’s mission is simple – to significantly improve the security of your data using award-winning, state-of-the-art technology combined with cyber managed security services. We will also accomplish this mission in an affordable, non-intrusive manner, leveraging the expertise and commitment of our security professionals.

Our Value Proposition

Organizations continue to face an ever-growing landscape of security threats that are becoming more targeted and malicious in nature. It is important for any organization to have visibility into how their systems are being used and by whom. Granular visibility of network activity is essential to protect against a catastrophic event such as a security breach, system outage, high-risk event, or compliance violation that results from unintentional or unauthorized changes to these systems.

Unfortunately, most organizations don’t have the tools, time, or staff expertise to deal with the evolving threat landscape and increased sophistication of attack techniques. By partnering with Rimstorm, organizations can leverage best practices to improve their network security while reducing staffing requirements and ultimately lowering costs.

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