Arlington, Virginia


Overall Rank: 496
Category: Cybersecurity
Category Rank: 48


  • Top Cybersecurity CEOs of 2021
  • Power 500 Software Company


Shift5 was created by founding members of the U.S. Army Cyber Command who pioneered modern weapon systems cyber assessments. Shift5 defends onboard military platforms and commercial transportation systems against malicious actors and operational failures.

Shift5 built an entirely new model that brings order to the complexity of onboard data flowing from planes, trains, tanks, and weapon systems.

The Shift5 platform captures and analyzes real-time onboard OT data, revealing the critical operational and cybersecurity insights needed to move from data to decisions quickly and confidently.


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Key Products

Shift5 for Commercial Air

Allows users to run smarter, safer, and more efficiently by unlocking and monitoring aircraft data without aircraft network security concerns. Stay ahead of Aircraft Network Security Program (ANSP) requirements with continuous monitoring and focus on operations and service delivery.

Shift5 for Rail

Railroad companies turn to Shift5 for Rail’s solution because it provides continuous monitoring of railway vulnerabilities, a rules engine that alerts automatically, and work packages that enable cyber security analysts to address cyber threats immediately.

Shift5 for Defense

Capture all weapon system data, monitor for anomalous activity, generate real-time alerts, and ensure cyber-resilience. Their data-driven solutions integrate directly onto existing platforms, collecting and enriching data from all their electronic components.

Shift5 Labs

Shift5 Labs is composed of cybersecurity professionals specializing in Operational Technology (OT) red teaming and vulnerability analysis. Their team of security researchers and technical subject matter experts focus on helping customers understand their cyber vulnerabilities from a malicious attacker perspective.

Key Executives

Josh Lospinoso is the Co-Founder and CEO

Josh Lospinoso is the co-founder/CEO of Shift5. Josh is an entrepreneur with deep expertise in cybersecurity, data science, and system software engineering. Prior to Shift5, he co-founded RedOwl Analytics, an insider threat detection platform acquired by Raytheon/Forcepoint in 2017. Additionally, he served 10 years as a cyber officer leading teams to build dozens of elite hacking tools for the National Security Agency’s Tailored Access Operations, Army Cyber Command, and the Cyber National Mission Force.

Josh is also the author of C++ Crash Course (No Starch Press, 2019), dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles spanning multiple disciplines, and multiple patents. Josh earned a BS in Economics and Operations Research from the United States Military Academy and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Michael Weigand is Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer

Michael Weigand is co-founder and Chief Growth Officer of Shift5. He is responsible for defining and overseeing execution of Shift5’s long-term growth objectives. Prior to Shift5, Michael served eight years in the U.S. Army as an Airborne, Ranger-qualified Infantry officer and was selected as one of the first cyber operations officers. While at a Department of Defense support agency, he served as an engineering and operations officer conducting both applied research and development (R&D), development, and field operations.

Michael has established and commanded multiple cyber organizations and skunkworks-style teams across the Army and DoD. Notably, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Army’s platform mission assurance program, the Army’s expeditionary cyber forces, the Army’s first cyber capability development unit, and multiple high-profile projects in conjunction with the Defense Digital Service. Michael holds a BS in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy.

Egon Rinderer, Chief Technology Officer

With 30 years of federal and private sector industry experience, Egon Rinderer joins Shift5 as Chief Technology Officer with a focus on growing a world class field engineering team to drive rapid growth across federal and commercial sectors. A veteran to the tech startup world, Egon was formerly with Tanium as Global VP of Technology and President of Tanium Federal, having joined Tanium when it numbered fewer than 20 employees. Prior to Tanium, Egon served with the U.S. military and throughout the intelligence community in the United States and abroad in an operational capacity.

Alexander Gates, Chief Research Officer

Alexander Gates is Shift5’s Chief Research Officer, where he oversees the company’s threat research portfolio, product security strategy, and knowledge management efforts. With over 40 years of military and civil service, Alexander brings extensive experience leading cybersecurity initiatives in the areas of cyber threat, signals Intelligence, research, and information assurance to Shift5.

Formerly Senior Advisor for Cyberspace to the Secretary of Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE),Alex led the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. He created and implemented intelligence-driven initiatives designed to improve threat information sharing between the energy sector and the government, and routinely engaged the private sector on cybersecurity matters. Prior to that, Alex served in various leadership roles at the National Security Agency (NSA). He helped build the NSA Threat Operations Center, which identified emerging cyber threats; created a cyber integration lab that focused on cyber situational awareness, and spent years leading NSA’s Red, Blue, Hunt, and Technical Security Teams. Alex regularly represented DOE and NSA at the White House, numerous congressional committees, and the office of theDirector of National Intelligence for the Department of Defense Alex holds Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Information and Telecommunication Systems from Oklahoma and Johns Hopkins Universities, respectively.

Robert Sison, Chief Financial Officer

Robert Sison is the Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for Shift5’s financial strategy, management, and operational effectiveness. Robert has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience spanning across different industries, including enterprise security, AIOperations (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations), video games, and semiconductors.

Before joining Shift5, Robert was the CFO for BigPanda Inc. where he established the financial strategy and infrastructure as the company grew to over $1B in market capitalization. Prior to his role there, he was Vice President of Finance for Tanium, a security management platform. Prior to Tanium, he was with Electronic Arts for 10 years, where he covered a multitude of responsibilities including Investor Relations, Corporate Development, and Finance and Accounting. He started his career as a public accountant with Deloitte and Touche. Robert holds an Accounting degree and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Company insights

“Shift5 is at an amazing milestone, and they are not only focused on building a rock-star team to scale the company, they prioritize putting people first… because without great people, how can we build a great product? I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this company and contribute to the world-impact they set out to achieve.” – Nicole Wheeler, Director of Marketing


“Shift5 is not just another in a long line of VC backed startups. It’s different. Very different. The people who make up the company are, and will continue to be, remarkable. Why would anyone want to solve easy problems when there are incredibly difficult challenges to be overcome?” – E. Egon Rinderer, CTO


“Shift5 was my first stop coming out of college, and I haven’t regretted a thing! Every day, I am surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the country – who are more than willing to lend a helping hand to enable my growth. Leadership is phenomenal. The three co founders have immense experience in the industry, and their expertise and knowledge of the space has enabled them to have the energy to build something incredible and have fun doing it!” – Declan McCarthy, Business Development Specialist


“These tremendous, seasoned executives have built multi-billion dollar, category-defining businesses at Tanium and Armis. They have seen explosive growth stories play out with a similar narrative: providing visibility and control over the previously unobserved.” says Josh Lospinoso, Shift5 CEO. “Shift5 is unlocking the world’s fleet data, and these major additions will turbocharge our growth.” – Ralph Kahn, Chief Revenue Officer


“We’re tremendously excited to have Ralph join our team and accelerate our go to market efforts. His phenomenal experience in both commercial and public markets is unique and a perfect fit for Shift5. Ralph is at home building a team focusing on offering dual market and technically complex solutions to secure and enhance heavy vehicles. I’m honored to work closely with him and the new leadership team to deliver category defining solutions.” – Michael Weigand, Chief Growth Officer and Co-Founder


“Matt brings a wealth of deep experience developing world class cybersecurity products. Under Matt’s leadership, Shift5’s product and engineering teams will rapidly mature and expand our product offerings to accomplish the mission of protecting the world’s most important fleet assets.” – Scott Shreve, Head of Product


“With a broad cross-section of building technology for the Federal and commercial sector, Egon has a rich background in growing and nurturing field engineering organizations. We are fortunate to have his perspective and leadership on the team as we help organizations drive innovation and digitally transform their processes.” – James Correnti, Chief Architect