What We Do

CyberRatings.org is an independent, non-profit member organization providing transparency and expert guidance on Cyber Risk through our research and testing programs. Registered as a 501(c)(6), we offer the widest range of independent, evidence-based services to the membership and the cybersecurity community at large. We provide unbiased ratings that offer forward-looking guidance, standardized technical reports and industry analysis, along with expert advice to help organizations understand their Cyber Risk.

Vikram Phatak

Chairman and CEO

Vikram Phatak founded CyberRatings.org in November 2020. As one of the industry’s foremost thought leaders, he has extensive experience in cybersecurity technologies protecting networks, endpoints and the cloud. Mr. Phatak founded NSS Labs, Inc. in 2007 as a go-to source for trusted independent, fact-based guidance on security product efficacy. For more than a decade, he grew NSS Labs from a small test lab to a global leader in security product testing. In 2018, he stepped down as CEO to focus on his health and spend more time with his family. Previously, Mr. Phatak founded and led several Internet and cybersecurity companies including Lucid Security and Intermedia Sciences Group, one of the first internet service providers and security consulting firms in the U.S.

Peter Armstrong

Board Member

Peter Armstrong is Managing Director at Cyber Risks Insights Ltd, and formerly The Senior Cyber Subject Matter Expert at Munich Re Group. His expertise is in cyber risk management and quantification of cyber risk exposure for large organizations. Mr. Armstrong is a thought leader in developing responses to cyber risk capital issues facing the very largest industrial enterprises, the enterprise risk management challenges they face and the necessary insurance responses. He is a Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Institute of Directors and a Member of the Board of Advisors at Infosec Global. Mr. Armstrong operated in the Defense, Intelligence and Security Sector leading cyber defense activities with a focus on industrial control systems and operational technology in Energy (including Nuclear), Utilities, Transportation, Primary Industries and manufacturing (notably Aviation, Automotive, Capital Projects and High Tech).

Cathy Main

President and Co-Founder

Prior to CyberRatings.org, Ms. Main was Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Relations at NSS Labs. She worked closely with Vikram Phatak to grow the brand. She is an accomplished executive with 30 years of experience in executive management, strategic business development, public relations, and brand marketing. Before joining NSS Labs, Ms. Main was Vice President of Global Marketing for Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and earlier in her career, she was President of Alpha Cine Laboratory. She is also a past President of Independent Feature Project / West, a non-profit member-driven organization for filmmakers (later rebranded Film Independent).

Carma Austin

Executive Vice President and Co-Founder

Carma Austin has over 20 years of experience in the cybersecurity market and holds a successful track record developing, implementing and executing go-to-market strategies for all types of organizations. Prior to joining CyberRatings.org, Ms. Austin developed and led the go-to-market strategy for IBM’s Security SaaS business. Austin, also a former NSS Labs executive, demonstrates a passion for transparency and efficacy in the cybersecurity industry and has dedicated her career to helping organizations understand and better manage cybersecurity risk. She is a founding board member of the National Cyber Security Society, a non-profit dedicated to educating small businesses about cybersecurity, and a former board member of Austin, Texas based 3Day Startup, a non-profit that teaches entrepreneurial thinking to students who are soon to enter the workforce.

Thomas Skybakmoen

Vice President of Research

Thomas Skybakmoen has over 17 years of experience as both a cybersecurity researcher and analyst. He runs the Research team for CyberRatings.org and authors test reports in network, cloud and endpoint security products. From 2012 – 2020 he was a Research Analyst at NSS Labs where authored hundreds of test reports on the range of security products tested in the IT space. In collaboration with the test team, he integrated results from the test scorecards into Test Reports and Comparative Reports used as guidelines for enterprises to make more informed decisions on security product acquisitions. Prior to NSS Labs, he was Senior Research Analyst in the Web Application Development & Integration group at Gartner providing research and analysis for thousands of Gartner clients.