The Battleground has Shifted

Identity is the new perimeter of enterprise security. Obsidian delivers intelligent identity protection to organizations across applications and services.

About Us

What We Offer

Obsidian delivers consolidated, context-rich visibility into which resources their users have access to, and how they are using these permissions across all services. Security operations, identity governance and incident response teams now have shared context about the users, permissions and access in the organization they are defending.

Get answers to the most pressing questions in your organization:

  1. Who has what access?
  2. Should they have it?
  3. What are they doing with it?
  4. Is it appropriate?

About Us

Obsidian is a cybersecurity company building a solution powered by machine learning to secure the enterprise identity perimeter. The company was founded by Glenn Chisholm (CEO), Ben Johnson (CTO), and Matt Wolff (Chief Scientist). Obsidian’s leadership team has decades of cybersecurity experience at companies like Carbon Black and Cylance as well as the National Security Agency. We are backed by Greylock Partners and based in Newport Beach, CA.

Glenn Chisholm


Ben Johnson


Matt Wolff

Chief Scientist

Alexander Vandenberg-Rodes

Data Scientist


Alfredo Hickman

Staff Security Engineer

Andrew George

Senior UX Engineer

Ashley Laurie

Director of Operations

Brian Lau

Data Scientist

Charlene Hu

Senior Software Engineer

Chris Fuller

Senior Security Data Scientist

Chris Galbraith

Machine Learning Researcher

Danny Hyun

Vice President of Engineering

David Elston

Senior Data Engineer

David Newhall

Machine Learning Engineer.

DT Mirizzi

Software Engineer

James Banh

Senior Application Quality Engineer

Jed Mitten

Senior Security Researcher

Jody Forness

Senior Security Researcher

John Hofrichter

Software Engineer

Jorge Cuadra Fueyo

Senior UX Engineer

Justin Head

Senior Infrastructure Engineer

Justin Turpin

Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

Kevin Yamada

UX Engineer

Kong Pang

Principal Software Engineer

Laura Norén

Laura Norén

Director of Research

Marcus McCurdy

Machine Learning Engineer

Mazy Akhlaghi

Head of Talent

Mitch Myers

Mitch Myers

Director of Quality Engineering


Naresh Chebolu

Senior Director of Data Science

Nihara Thomas

Software Engineer

Noah Corradin

Senior Security Researcher

Sammy Staszak

Machine Learning Engineer

Sean Borman

VP, Product Management

Sean Han

Principal Data Engineer

Shreyas Karnik

Software Engineer

Steph Yeo

Marketing Associate

Suda Srinivasan

Suda Srinivasan

VP, Marketing and Customer Experience

Sunny Volkert

Client Development Specialist

Timothy Ho

Cloud Infrastructure Engineer



A High Energy How To for Cyber Startups

Logic Central

CTO Ben Johnson shares personal lessons from Obsidian’s early days, values and process.

New Tech Doorbells Have Cameras, and That’s an Ethics Problem

NPR's Marketplace

The phenomenon of doorbell video has privacy experts worried. Director of Research Laura Norén weighs in.

False Flags and Real Flags

The CyberWire

Director of Research Laura Norén talks about the importance of infusing data science ethics early in the engineering process.

Tech, Cybersecurity and Ethics


Professional ethics matter. Laura Norén examines the power of ethical objection in the Project Maven case.


It’s time to re-think the security stack. Do you want to build, create, innovate? We are forming a kick-ass team that will redefine the future of cybersecurity.

To see our current list of open roles, please click here.

Don’t see your role listed? If you are a standout candidate for our product team and you’re passionate about building world-class technology, we want to hear from you.