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In college, Aaron dropped out of music school to pursue computer science all because of a movie that changed his life, "Hackers" (1995). Aaron took his interest in hacking and developed it into a long and successful career at Lockheed Martin earning him the distinction of becoming a Technical Fellow. Aaron's passion for cybersecurity led him to found Ironwood Cyber in order to make a personal and positive impact on the world by bringing smart and meaningful cybersecurity solutions to the market.

Dr. Aaron Estes

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ethan has long held an avid interest in computer hacking--perhaps beginning when he decided to "customize" DOS system files, crashing his family's computer at the age of 6. Formerly a Technical Fellow at Lockheed Martin and previously the #1 ranked hacker on Hack The Box, Ethan has performed ethical hacking and developed novel cybersecurity solutions across some of the world’s most critical air, space, and defense systems. As CTO of Ironwood Cyber, he is now focused on making advanced cyber threat protection technology accessible to all companies.

Ethan Puchaty

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Max started his career in systems and networks but when a colleague turned him on to a new and sensational book called Hacking Exposed, he suddenly realized where all the fun was in tech and that the new cybersecurity industry was the path he had to pursue. The blossoming Pacific Northwest tech industry provided him with opportunities to get hands-on in security operations, designing secure architectures, ethical hacking, digital forensics, and cybersecurity consulting. Max later moved into the defense industry, and even had a chance to contribute to a much later edition of that same book that first sparked his passion for the securing of things.

Max Klim

Chief Cyber Architect

Jose was drawn to technology from a very early age, when he taught himself to program from books without any help or guidance. His love for software eventually evolved into a fascination with robotics, and eventually employment at Lockheed Martin where he first discovered cyber security. Jose has won many regional and international hacking competitions and placed in the top 5 in dozens of others. His love for hacking transformed his career from software developer to systems and software cyber security architect, where he designed, built and assessed secure systems.

Jose Rodriguez

Chief Software Architect

Dr. Aaron Estes - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Aaron Estes

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

In college, Aaron dropped out of music school to pursue computer science all because of a movie that changed his life, “Hackers” (1995). Aaron took his interest in hacking and developed it into a long and successful career at Lockheed Martin earning him the distinction of becoming a Technical Fellow. Aaron’s passion for cybersecurity led him to found Ironwood Cyber in order to make a personal and positive impact on the world by bringing smart and meaningful cybersecurity solutions to the market.
Ethan Puchaty - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ethan Puchaty

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Ethan has long held an avid interest in computer hacking–perhaps beginning when he decided to “customize” DOS system files, crashing his family’s computer at the age of 6. Formerly a Technical Fellow at Lockheed Martin and previously the #1 ranked hacker on Hack The Box, Ethan has performed ethical hacking and developed novel cybersecurity solutions across some of the world’s most critical air, space, and defense systems. As CTO of Ironwood Cyber, he is now focused on making advanced cyber threat protection technology accessible to all companies.

Jose Rodriguez - Chief Software Architect

Max Klim

Chief Cyber Architect

Max started his career in systems and networks but when a colleague turned him on to a new and sensational book called Hacking Exposed, he suddenly realized where all the fun was in tech and that the new cybersecurity industry was the path he had to pursue. The blossoming Pacific Northwest tech industry provided him with opportunities to get hands-on in security operations, designing secure architectures, ethical hacking, digital forensics, and cybersecurity consulting. Max later moved into the defense industry, and even had a chance to contribute to a much later edition of that same book that first sparked his passion for the securing of things.
Max Klim - Chief Cyber Architect

Jose Rodriguez

Chief Software Architect

Jose was drawn to technology from a very early age, when he taught himself to program from books without any help or guidance. His love for software eventually evolved into a fascination with robotics, and eventually employment at Lockheed Martin where he first discovered cyber security. Jose has won many regional and international hacking competitions and placed in the top 5 in dozens of others. His love for hacking transformed his career from software developer to systems and software cyber security architect, where he designed, built and assessed secure systems.