Alissa Knight is the group managing partner at Brier & Thorn, Inc. and the Managing Director of its international subsidiary at Brier & Thorn Germany; a risk management firms specializing in IT risk management consulting and managed security services. As a serial entrepreneur in information security, Alissa has started and sold two previous companies in M&A transactions in international markets, later starting a private equity fund as an investor in startups in Chicago.
Prior to her role at Brier & Thorn, Alissa worked in defense contracting, providing counterinsurgency support in Iraq and Afghanistan, supporting both US and NATO forces through two defense contracts in counter-IED operations support and the Counterinsurgency Assistance and Advisory Teams (CAAT) in Afghanistan’s forward-operating bases.
Alissa’s primary focus in information security has been in penetration testing, digital forensics, incident response, and security event analysis. Prior to starting Brier & Thorn, she developed and built a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution at Applied Watch for open source security software, which she later sold in an M&A transaction to a public company in New Zealand.
Throughout her career, Alissa has earned a reputation for establishing and executing upon processes that taps a rich diversity of technical, business, and entrepreneurial knowledge to nurture disruptive and breakthrough innovations, speed development time to market, and improve the way people live, work, and play.