Riperia is a startup dedicated to expanding the ranks of cybersecurity professionals.

With decades of leadership experience in cybersecurity, higher education and workforce development, we understand the fundamental challenges that traditional education models have producing experienced and qualified cybersecurity professionals. We see the most critical issues being the lack of professionally relevant experience provided by traditional higher education, the amount of time and money required to obtain a degree and a lack of diversity in students entering the cybersecurity profession. Because of these challenges employers are faced with an inadequate cybersecurity workforce while information security incidents pose one of the greatest risks to the global economy.

Founders

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Laura McKinney

President / CEO

Laura served as the VP for the Wilsonville campus of the Oregon Institute of Technology, one of Oregon’s public universities. Her strategy focused on integrating industry more tightly with higher education, resulting in more industry relevance.

Before she joined OIT, Laura led efforts at the Oregon University System to bring industry and higher education together to address critical workforce talent and applied research needs.

Additionally, she served as the Executive Director of the Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC), a unique council of industry executives established by the state legislature in 1997 with the mission of fueling postsecondary engineering and technology education.

Prior to joining OUS, Laura was President and CEO of Galois, Inc. Galois is a computer science research company specializing in research, design and prototyping of new technologies for cyber security and safety. In this role, McKinney was accountable for strategic direction and all operations for the company. She also held other positions at Galois, including vice president for engineering and manager of technical staff, beginning in 2001.

Other key experiences include faculty positions in computer science at two- and four-year institutions; as a project manager at Pacific Software Research Center for a large Air Force applied research project; and as a software engineer in various early stage software companies.

Laura has a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science, and an MSCS in Software Engineering.

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Kris Rosenberg

Chief TECHNOLOGY Officer

Kris has over 20 years of professional experience as a senior-level IT executive (CIO, CTO, CISO) and as a sought-after information security consultant in multiple industries. He has led IT organizations of all sizes and developed a significant track-record of building highly functional teams of technology professionals that were able to solve critical business and organizational problems.

In 2014 he transitioned to serve as a full-time Professor and the B.S. Information Technology degree Program Director at Oregon Institute of Technology. While at OIT Kris developed multiple new courses, and updated the curriculum to have a stronger focus on developing the real-world skills needed in a modern IT workplace. He also developed a wide-range of new Cybersecurity courses and led the effort to create a new baccalaureate degree in Cybersecurity. He also established the Oregon Tech Cyber Defense Center, a “teaching hospital” for future cybersecurity professionals, to help provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience before graduating..

In 2017 Kris was named as one of the initial members of the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council, where he served as the voting Higher-Education representative and he continues to sit on the council as a select non-voting advisory member.

Kris holds a BS in Information Technology and a MS in IT Network Management, as well as multiple industry certifications in security, networking and systems administration.

 

Co-Founders

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Elaine Rosenberg

As a graduate of Yale University and the CEO of a successful business, Elaine has more than two decades of leadership experience. Her accomplishments include achieving exponential growth in sales and profitability, successfully bidding against global competitors to win public and private sector contracts and orchestrating acquisitions to achieve strategic advantages and economies of scale for her company. Elaine also volunteers her time to help lead her national trade association and a local women’s barbershop chorus.

 
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Will McKinney

Will brings over 30 years of relevant leadership, marketing and technology management experience spanning from early stage start-ups to large enterprises. His track record includes the definition and delivery of multiple successful software products within a variety of markets, including health/wellness, cost accounting, Internet tools and chip design/validation. A goal throughout his career has been to deliver easy to understand solutions using technology to help better the lives of individuals.