Paul Dent

Cybersecurity and Technology Consultant

ABOUT

Paul comes from a family of early computing pioneers/entrepreneurs who founded Computer Power, the largest mortgage processing company in the world. He later founded Hirease, Inc., a very successful North Carolina based credit reporting agency that performs background screenings for clients in the hiring process.

Paul led the migration from an existing client server commercial software system to a full function, internally developed platform technology, which processes over 100,000 individual transactions a day, while handling all billings and CRM. This system was the catalyst for the growth of the company and had become a highly service-based company that offered cutting edge technology. Paul was also instrumental in the acquisition and integration of several technology add-ons and licenses into the Hirease platform. During Paul’s leadership, his companies have been among the INC 500/5000 for 5 years in a row and recognized as the “Best Places to Work” in North Carolina. Paul along with his wife Heidi, sold the company in 2014.

Paul continues to consult with organizations assisting with their cybersecurity, technology strategy and management.  Most recently he served as the Chief Information Security Officer for a global self-service manufacturer. Responsible for installing and updating the company's technology, cybersecurity systems, programs, and staff. Implemented cyber policy documentation and training program as well as new tools for penetration testing and code review. Migrated the data center from Lumen to AWS to provide better redundancy and IPS/IDS solutions that are not available with Lumen. Led development team using two-week Sprints to upgrade operating platform to current versions of Java, Spring, Apache, and PostgreSQL.

Paul currently sits on the Board of Directors for Welltality Health, where he served as an interim CEO.  Paul received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mercer University and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Utica College.