Leadership Team

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John Verry

Lead Managing Director

John Verry

As Pivot Point Security’s Managing Partner and CEO John Verry guides organizations on the path to becoming provably secure and compliant.

Over the past 21 years, he has led hundreds of security engagements across diverse industries, including government, legal, telecommunications, critical infrastructure, finance, and transportation. A popular speaker and recognized thought leader, John offers insight for both business and technical audiences. He is an ISO 27001 Certified Lead Auditor, Certified Third Party Risk Management Professional, and Certified Information Systems Auditor. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and is the host of The Virtual CISO Podcast, Pivot Point Security’s Security Awareness Education platform. A family man and foodie with a penchant for pop culture references,

John deftly mixes wit and wisdom while sharing his deep knowledge of cyber security.

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Rich Rebetti

Director Of Operations

Richard Rebetti

Richard Rebetti has been Pivot Point Security’s Chief Operating Officer and Integrator since 2018. Rich is responsible for executing the organization’s strategic plan, budgets, and holding the PPS internal teams accountable for achieving clients’ Information Security (Cybersecurity) and Compliance requirements.

Throughout his lengthy career in C-Suite roles within the technology and telecommunication industries, he has developed a record of team building and operations enhancement in start-up, turnaround, and mature business settings. Rich has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Accounting from St. John’s University and a Master’s degree in Management from the City University of New York Baruch College.

He enjoys traveling with his family and exploring the city with his wife and two dogs.

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Carla Higginbotham

Sales Director

Carla Higginbotham

Carla, Director of Sales, has been with Pivot Point Security since 2012, and is responsible for the Sales and business development teams at the company.

Prior to joining the PPS, Carla worked her way up at the McGraw Hill Companies, starting in customer service, client success, new business and finally inside sales. Other work history includes Vetstreet. She holds a Bachelor in English Literature from Rider University.

She lives at home, in the forest, with her wonderful husband and daughter, and you can often find her reading a book with a bag of Cheetos on her lap.

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Elzar Camper

Managing Director

Elzar T. Camper

Elzar T. Camper is the Practices Director for Pivot Point Security. He is responsible for strategy and the execution of the company’s cybersecurity consulting services, providing technical and strategic leadership, helping organizations mitigate risk and build robust cybersecurity strategies.

Before joining Pivot Point Security, he held the position of Global Head of Protective Service at SAP and spent over 10 years as a U.S. Diplomat and Federal Law Enforcement Official with the U.S. Department of State. In his tenure with the Department, he led Cyber Insider Threat initiatives and advanced U.S. foreign policy objectives both domestically and overseas. Elzar holds a Master of Software Engineering and a Master of Information Science from Pennsylvania State University, a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and multiple certifications in cyber and physical security to include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), Certified Protection Professional (CPP), and the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) Certification.

Elzar lives in Philadelphia, PA, where he enjoys cheering for the Eagles, Sixers, and spending time with family and friends.

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Peggy Leary

HR Director

Peggy Leary

Peggy Leary, HR Director, joined Pivot Point Security in October 2020. She is responsible for developing and executing PPS’s people strategies with a strong emphasis on talent acquisition and management.

Before joining PPS, she was the HR and Finance Manager for a nonprofit organization as well as Vice President and Senior HR Business Partner for Bank of New York Mellon, where she spent 13 years supporting Compliance, Sales, and Information Technology business units. Earlier in her career, she focused on technical recruiting for various financial institutions in the NY/NJ area. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rider University.

Peggy lives in Naples, Florida, with her husband and daughter. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, love the beach, and exploring Florida’s state parks.

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Mike Gargiullo

SA Practice Lead

Michael Gariullo

Michael is the Security Assessment Practice Leader, performing penetration tests against networks, applications, and IoT devices, across physical and cloud environments with Pivot Point Security since 2004.

With a wide breadth of experience across a wide range of industries, Mike has helped hundreds of companies understand their current security posture and assisted them in formulating a remediation plan and overall security roadmap. Mike is passionate about information security, learning how things work, and sharing his knowledge with others. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information systems security from Western Governors University and is an active member of the OWASP ASVS project and a CREST Americas Counsel member.

Mike’s wife is a saint who puts up with his hoarder like tendencies when it comes to old cars, tools of all types, and random electronic parts he may need one day. He likes to camp with his family in the woods, near a lake or river when he’s not working or in the garage tinkering.

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Rich Stever

GRC Practice Lead

Rich Stever

Richard Stever has been with Pivot Point Security since 2012. Rich has been the GRC Practice Lead for the last 5 years and is responsible for developing the strategic direction of the GRC Practice to ensure clients success. Rich has over 25 years of enterprise security experience; specialization in network and application penetration testing, security event management, risk assessment, policy development, security architecture, and controls auditing. Rich has been leading projects across a wide variety of environments and verticals providing support and implementation of ISO 27001 for 100+ certifications, SOC 2, attestations, HIPAA, HITRUST, incident response and business continuity.

Rich has a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three kids. He enjoys coaching and playing (still) soccer, traveling and spending time with his family at the beach.