The Team

The Team2018-04-19T10:20:45+00:00
Our value is in our expertise and our vision, which is shared by the whole team at Effitas. You can learn more about our panel of experts here.

Chris Pickard B.Sc. (Hons)

CEO & Founder of the Effitas Group

Before bringing his management expertise to MRG Effitas, Chris spent many years building innovative customer solutions in managed training services and business process outsourcing. He is fascinated by technical innovation and is a passionate advocate of developing partnership models for working alongside clients over a full lifecycle.

Key roles:
  • Governance of the Effitas companies
  • Control over group strategy and contractual and legal matters for the group

Zoltán Balázs M.Sc. | OSCE | OSCP | CISSP | SPSE | SLAE | PSP | CHFI | CPTS | MCP | OSWP

CTO - Effitas & MRG Effitas

Twitter: @zh4ck

An expert in malware analysis, penetration testing, computer forensics and security monitoring, Zoli gained his knowledge from working in red and blue teams. Joining us in 2013, Zoli ensures clients receive outstanding project delivery from establishing scope to submitting reports. His ambition is to push the boundaries of what we can do and evolve our processes in line with the changing security landscape.

Key roles:
  • Aligning business goals with the technical possibilities
  • Researching malware trends
  • Technical project management
  • Developing new offensive malware techniques

Rehab Frimpong ACCA Qualified

Chief Finance Officer

Rehab gained over 10 years’ experience as an Internal Auditor, Mess Accountant, Credit Controller and Treasurer for companies in a range of industries. Joining Effitas in 2017, her ambition is to ensure sufficient cash flow to sustain expansion, enhance working capital and determine where to concentrate effort that will help Effitas to be profitable and competitive whilst delivering client satisfaction.

Key roles:
  • Direct the company’s financial goals, objectives and budgets.
  • Oversee investment of funds held by the MRG Effitas and assess and manage associated risk.
  • Manage cash activities and develop executive capital raising strategies to support our growth.

Zsombor Kovács M.Sc. | OSCE | CISSP | OSWP | OSCP

Research Director

Zsombor has been with Effitas since late 2016. He has over a decade of penetration testing experience and special expertise in mobile application security. He is responsible for Android-based efficacy testing and malware analysis, as well as more traditional malware analysis on desktop systems. His remit further includes project scoping and delivery and all tasks associated with maintaining efficiency throughout our projects.

Key roles:
  • Researching new and in-the-wild threats
  • Mobile security
  • Technical project management
  • Developing new offensive malware techniques

Attila Marosi-Bauer OSCE | OSCP | CEH | ECSA

Principal Threat Analyst

Attila has worked in the information security field for the duration of his career in IT. He spent almost a decade as a lieutenant on active duty, working on special information security within the Special Service for National Security before transferring to the newly-established GovCERT-Hungary. Now a Principal Threat Analyst at Effitas, he is also CEO and owner of the BSidesBUD and Hacktivity conferences.

Key roles:
  • Developing new technologies to detect unknown malware
  • Developing new offensive malware techniques
  • Malware research
  • Technical project management

Lóránd Lajsz CCNA | MCTS | ITIL

Threat Detection Specialist

Lorand has extensive knowledge of monitoring and maintaining enterprise infrastructure and business continuity, gained through years of experience in server and network administration. Since joining Effitas in 2016 he has continued to develop his expertise in IT security, with an ambition to deliver the most accurate and top-of-the-line product testing, result analysis and conclusions in the market.

Key roles:
  • Researching malware
  • Testing malware protections
  • Collecting malware

Norbert Bíró

Senior Threat Researcher

Norbert has a proven track record in malware/spam research and threat hunting. He started his professional career in 2010, working for a number of different AV companies as a threat researcher in virus labs before joining the Effitas team in 2018. Norbert has strong technical skills in the IT security space, especially in reverse-engineering, debuggers and obfuscation techniques.

Key roles:
  • Network security
  • Data integrity
  • Malware research

Zoltán Táborosi CCNA | MCTS | ITIL

Automation Expert

Zoltan has a passion for programming, scripting and automation. Largely self-taught, he joined the Effitas team in 2017 in his capacity as an automation expert, to help streamline our processes. Zoltan’s code legacy is still used by leading IT organisations.

Key roles:
  • Maintain automated processes
  • Collecting malware
  • Testing malware protections