Meet our Founders

Founded by a team of ex-Booz Allen cybersecurity experts, Protos Labs combines Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Statistical Modelling to develop next-generation cyber risk solutions that bridge the gap between technology & the business.

Co-Founder & CEO – Joel Lee

Joel is the co-founder and CEO of Protos Labs with extensive experience in cybersecurity and management consulting. Prior to founding Protos Labs, Joel led the cyber threat intelligence practice at Booz Allen Hamilton and was involved in key projects in OCBC and the Singapore Government. He has advised multiple multinational and government organizations on cybersecurity strategy, risk management and operations, and pioneered a threat-based cyber risk management framework for a Global 500 bank.

Co-Founder & CTO – Simeon Tan

Simeon is the co-founder and CTO of Protos Labs with extensive experience in offensive security, threat intelligence and risk management. Prior to founding Protos Labs, Simeon led the operational technology cybersecurity practice at Booz Allen Hamilton and threat intelligence capability in OT-ISAC. He has advised multiple organizations across the financial services, government, energy, transportation, healthcare and telecommunication sectors on cyber defense and operations.

THE PROTOS LABS’ DIFFERENCE

WE ARE A TEAM FROM SINGAPORE, FOR SINGAPORE

First, Protos Labs’ business focus is fundamentally focused around cyber. We’re here, as Singaporeans, to help protect Singapore (and from there, the region too).

Because of this focus, we are passionate about our national mission, have an appreciation of regional cybersecurity trends and understand the challenges in the market – for instance, the lack of deep technical expertise in local talent pools, the buzzword-laden cybersecurity market that masks commodity technologies behind sophisticated jargon, and the highly sales-driven product culture where vendors seek merely to sell a tool.

We come to the table with this insight, which means our clients are not spending their time and money getting us up to speed.

WE APPLY TRADECRAFT AND CREATIVITY TO DEVELOP BESPOKE AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Second, we seek to build innovative solutions that are sustainable and will truly enhance our clients’ capabilities – sometimes this means developing a bespoke tool; other times it may not.

Cyber attackers are evolving with new methods and techniques, a phenomenon often said to far outpace the work of “blue team” defenders. Cyber defenders need to similarly advance in new domains and with new methods. At Protos Labs, we apply real-world tradecraft, technical specialization, and creative experimentation to our clients’ most complex cyber challenges. We then contextualize this to our clients’ operating model and integrate it into their existing workflows. We are not interested in selling tactical tools or applying technology for technology sake – we believe in applying technology to solve our clients’ greatest cyber problems, and then to empower our clients to run on their own.

WE ARE NIMBLE IN BUSINESS, YET DEEP IN EXPERTISE

Having come from a world-class, global consulting organization, we understand the dynamics of finding real subject matter experts amidst a massive 5-figure workforce. Time is money – having to spend months jumping through administrative hoops only means potential opportunity and revenue lost. As a startup, we are able to move quickly and provide bespoke services where required. Despite our size (startup!), we leverage our experience delivering on nation-state class cybersecurity solutions to our clients to bring you the same deep expertise in a more agile package.