Background

TrapWire Inc. was founded in 2005 to design, build and deploy counterterrorism technologies and services for the protection of critical infrastructure and personnel. The genesis of our company was a project initiated in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The objective of that project was to develop a capability that would prevent such attacks from occurring in the future. This project evolved into our flagship product, TRAPWIRE, and its related methodologies, training and supporting capabilities.

Inside of the Trapwire network, all reporting and incidents are updated in real-time

The challenge is not only one of collecting information. Tools must be in place to help make sense of it all.

Leadership

DAN BOTSCH

President

As President and one of the founders of the company, Dan brings three decades of experience in government and private sector positions focused on security and intelligence. Prior to joining TrapWire, Dan served 11 years as an Intelligence Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, focusing on Russian and Eastern European affairs. He also has experience in corporate security, having served as the Deputy Director of a Business Intelligence Group that monitored political, economic, security and market dynamics for a Global 100 energy company. Dan holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business; a Masters degree in International Affairs from Boston University; and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Political Science from Bates College.

Michael Maness

Director of Business Development

One of the original members of the TrapWire team, Mike is currently responsible for the Business Development activities of TrapWire Inc., and acts as Program Manager for two of the larger TrapWire Networks in the US. Mike joined TrapWire following 20 years of service with the Central Intelligence Agency, including 15 years overseas running covert operations against terrorist groups and hostile intelligence services around the globe. As a senior operations officer and field manager, he was instrumental in combating major international terrorist organizations in the immediate wake of 9/11, and has been recognized by the CIA for his work in war zones across the Balkans and Middle East. Mike is a graduate of Texas State University and a member of the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

Michael Chang

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Michael is responsible for all TRAPWIRE training programs and deployment teams. Prior to joining TRAPWIRE, he served 14 years with the Central Intelligence Agency as a counterterrorism operations officer, special operations officer, DCI protection detail agent, and weapons instructor. Michael has been the keynote or guest speaker at conferences across the country—including the Robbery Investigators of Texas (RIOT), Energy Security Council (ESC), Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), ASIS, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and numerous Department of Defense and law enforcement conferences. He has an M.A. in Forensic Science from the George Washington University and a B.S. in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University.

Paul Chadha

Director of Products and Technology

As Director of Products and Technology, Paul manages TrapWire Inc.’s corporate-wide technology infrastructure, including the operation and maintenance of TrapWire Data Centers worldwide. Paul is responsible for ensuring information security and high system availability to meet the demanding requirements of our government and private sector clients. He also directs all product development efforts, Client Support Services, and the technical integration teams responsible for TrapWire system deployments. Paul has nearly two decades of experience in the Information Technology arena and has led numerous efforts to overhaul corporate networks to vastly improve security and reliability. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) certifications.

John Taylor

Director of Finance & Administration

As Director of Finance, John handles the accounting, finance, and government compliance for the company. Prior to joining TrapWire, John held several financial positions in public and private companies conducting forecasting, budgeting, financial analysis, and merger and acquisition-related work. As a consultant to the federal government, John conducted threat and risk assessments against bio-containment laboratories, engaged in security-related benchmarking, and assisted in policy and procedure development in the security arena. John’s previous experience includes work as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, where he planned and implemented logistical as well as site security for high level U.S government officials and leaders of foreign countries. In his capacity as an agent, John also investigated threats against government personnel and worked financial fraud investigations. John has an MBA in corporate finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a bachelor’s in finance from Georgetown University.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is TrapWire?

TrapWire is an intelligent, cloud-based incident reporting and analysis system. It analyzes your security-related events and detects patterns and matches that are indicative of terrorist and/or criminal operations in the planning stages. Built on that foundation are a myriad of other tools designed to streamline and modernize your security operations, including mobile apps, information sharing portals, analysis tools, and mass warning and notification capabilities. The technology is supported by a variety of services available to clients, including training provided by subject matter experts in law enforcement, anti-terrorism, surveillance detection, analysis, and intelligence operations. Contact us to learn more.

Is TrapWire installed in a manner that enables it to control CCTV systems?

No. The TRAPWIRE system does not operate or control camera systems or any other security systems. While imagery and video clips can be attached to TRAPWIRE incident reports, client video systems remain entirely under the control of those clients. TRAPWIRE is a software application that is deployed in support of existing security systems and enables security organizations to better leverage those resources.

How is TrapWire different from other, similar systems?

TRAPWIRE is the only system that provides a systematic, comprehensive approach to the prevention of terrorist attacks and criminal acts. There are many systems designed to collect incident and suspicious activity data, but the data collected typically turns into “noise” over time. In order to convert that data into actionable intelligence, organizations must have a means of pulling the signal from the noise. That means collecting and aggregating reports in a standardized format; analyzing the data to reveal patterns and threat indicators; and disseminating the information in a way that raises awareness and ensures an appropriate response. Additionally, the aggregated information and resulting threat data must be easily accessible and understandable at any point in time, regardless of personnel turnover or organizational changes, so that institutional memory is maintained and an opportunity to prevent a disaster is not missed. TRAPWIRE provides this and more in one easy-to-use platform.

Is TrapWire a surveillance system?

No, TRAPWIRE is a surveillance detection system. This is an important distinction. Users have access to analytical tools that enable them to detect hostile surveillance operations against assets and personnel. The TRAPWIRE system is not used to conduct surveillance and in fact does not provide such a capability, nor does it have access to or control video or other surveillance systems.

How much does TrapWire cost?

Our pricing options are designed for long-term sustainability and are flexible based on the size and scope of deployment. Compared to expenditures for traditional physical security and even legacy software systems, TRAPWIRE licensing is offered at tremendous value. Contact us for more details.

Does the U.S. government control TrapWire?

No. TRAPWIRE Inc. is a private company. While many of our subject matter experts previously served in the government, we do not have any ties to our former agencies or military organizations.

Does TrapWire replace any of my current systems?

TRAPWIRE is the backbone for our clients’ security operations in many cases; however, it is also designed to leverage and integrate with current systems and procedures, which enhances their effectiveness, and thereby returns greater value on existing security investments. During deployments, TRAPWIRE operations personnel work with the client’s security leadership to develop the optimal collection, analysis and response methodology. Due to TRAPWIRE’s ease of use, no client has ever had to hire additional personnel to operate the system.

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