Executive Management Team
Philip de Souza
Philip de Souza is the Founder and President of Aurora, a California-based consulting firm specializing in data security and compliance. As president, Philip is responsible for coordinating Aurora’s technology, sales and business development teams to strategically position the company as a unique and trusted advisor to its clients. Philip has focused on developing Aurora’s presence in the implementation of data security solutions. Aurora has emerged from its network consulting origins to become an industry leader, with a comprehensive range of solutions for regulatory compliance, legal and best practices requirements to meet the needs of its clients. Aurora has sustained a record 20% growth rate over the past three years, managing effective resources and capacity utilization. More recently, Philip led a team engaged in the design and development of SecurePATH™, a data encryption and regulatory compliance solution that is helping top-tier corporations protect their data, thereby solving a problem that costs corporations billions of dollars in theft, resources and lost intellectual property.
Vice President, Professional Services
As Vice President of Professional Services at Aurora, Ed Mori is in charge of researching and developing new technologies in the security space for Aurora, and creating technology solutions that assist Aurora clients with their business processes. He manages a team of fully qualified engineers, developers and technicians.
Ed also oversees the Professional Services Organization, as well as the engineers that offer full service information technology solutions to the SMB market. He joined Aurora in 1998 after acquiring a wealth of hands-on field experience that focused his efforts on delivering superior customer service.
After designing the user interface for SecurePATH, a new company that offers secure large file delivery, Ed has remained with the firm as CTO. He is also a commission leader at a large local church. In his spare time he enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Director of Security Consulting
Mr. Bahadur was the co-founder and CIO of Foundstone, one of most well known information security and vulnerability risk management companies ever created which occupied five offices in the United States and one office in Singapore and one office in India. Foundstone was acquired by McAfee for $86M in October of 2004. Gary was also the President and co-founder of Ether2 Corporation managing business development, client acquisition, marketing, fund raising, and strategic direction. Gary also served as a Senior Vice President at Bank of America. A longstanding industry veteran, Gary was also an Information Security Practice Manager at Ernst & Young and Senior Consultant at Price Waterhouse. Gary has published two books “Windows XP Professional Security” and “Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online” and has a new book “Securing the Clicks” set to be published in August 2011. He has published numerous information security and compliance related articles and is a frequent speaker at a number of information security conferences including ISACA, ISSA, Networld Interop, and Vanguard Security.
As Controller for Aurora, Ron Swain is responsible for managing the company’s day-to-day financial performance and policies, while overseeing short and long-term strategy and budgeting. In addition, Ron oversees all HR and Legal aspects of the company.
Ron has over 20 years of accounting experience including 8 years in retail and over 10 years working in entertainment including Disney, Universal Music Group and DreamWorks Animation. During his time at these companies, he has always operated under the mantra of “effective, efficient and nimble.” As a result, he has had a hand in designing multiple ERP implementations and designed many new processes that improved the operation of the accounting functions at his companies. Now, he is bringing that same effort to Aurora to drive growth and help Aurora reach the next level.