Cyberus Security

We consult on all aspects of an organization’s cyber defense strategy.  We specialize in cybersecurity training for executives and Internet Safety Training for employees and can help you develop a breach survival plan and CEO/board alert process.  Our goal is to preserve and extend your existing IT investment and compliance.  We can assist with vendor choices by balancing total cost of ownership against percentage of risk reduction.

Cynthia James

Founder and CEO

Cynthia has worked in high tech for over twenty-five years including a decade spent with the global cyber intelligence firm Kaspersky Lab. There she managed global technology integration partnerships with some of the largest security companies in the world and served as President and General Manager of their federal sales division. Prior to KL she was with NEC’s Corporate Venture Capital division after raising funds from them for a semiconductor startup. Cynthia has also held executive sales positions at Packeteer, Point Group and The Learning Company (originally Softkey).  Cynthia is a regular presenter and panelist at industry conferences and has delivered numerous webinars on a wide range of cybersecurity topics, including energy sector threats, management of cyber-risk in the supply chain, privacy challenges and threats to corporate real estate.
Cynthia obtained her CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification in 2011, passed her Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) exam in 2019, published a book on internet safety (Stop Cybercrime from Ruining Your Life!), and completed her master’s degree in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information management from George Washington University in 2016.  She is conversant with all standard cybersecurity frameworks (NIST, CIS CSC, Cloud Security Alliance) and has additional expertise in Automotive, and IoT cyber.  In addition to coaching CEOs and key executives on managing cyber-risk for the worldwide Vistage organization, Cynthia has developed internet safety training for employees which is delivered by herself or other Cyberus instructors. She provides confidential post-breach consultation and advises government contractors on cyberdefense. She also collaborates with security-focused companies on speaking and writing engagements. Cynthia is the mother of two grown sons and currently lives in Silicon Valley.

Cyberus Leadership

Dr. Melvin holds an PhD in Computer Science from Berkeley and has 30 years of experience in computer design, engineering and intellectual property development and litigation. He has consulted widely within the high tech industry for companies including: Samsung, Apple, Google, and Mentor Graphics, along with numerous startups. He also advises venture capital firms, is a Registered Patent agent for the US Patent Office and is inventor with over 49 patents. 


Cyberus Advisors

Ted Snelgrove

Ted Snelgrove has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena, focused on innovation in therapeutics and diagnostics. He has held senior leadership roles for over a decade and has deep expertise in developing sales and marketing teams. Ted also has years of experience diversifying strategies with the focus of pivoting into new markets (oncology, genetics and precision medicine). A former Naval aviator, originally from the Midwest (go Twins!) he now resides in Millbrae, California with his family.

Linda Arens

Stephen Melvin

Linda has over 25 years of experience in developing and leveraging partner ecosystems to broaden product and service offerings. She is adept at identifying complimentary technologies which produce benefits from integration, joint development and shared sales channels. She has worked across diverse organizations with products and services that include data analytics and storage, data center monitoring, middleware and cybersecurity.  Linda collaborates with product management and development teams to develop product extension and augmentation strategies, enabling companies to increase revenues by marketing and selling to a broader customer base.


Cyberus Security is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women.

We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today and we can add diversity to your supply chain.

It all starts with Education and Strategy

At Cyberus our goal is to educate small and medium size businesses (board, CEO, execs and employees) about cyber, and provide as many Do-It-Yourself cybersecurity tools as you can use.  Once you know enough to have a serious conversation about cyber, we’re listening! 


Every company should have these things: 

  1. A conscious cyber security defense strategy: your goals and commitments constrained by your budget

  2. A plan to mitigate risk 

  3. A plan to boost and maintain security awareness within the company (the vast majority of breaches start by compromising an employee through email)