Prior to co-founding Applied Trust, Trent R. Hein co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer for XOR Inc. from 1991 to 2001. XOR, an outsourced network solutions provider, was named to the Inc. 500 list twice during Hein's tenure, and the company grew to annual revenues in excess of $50 million with more than 550 employees. In addition, Hein is co-author of the best-selling Unix System Administration Handbook and Linux Administration Handbook. Unix System Administration Handbook has been translated into at least twelve languages and is recognized around the world as the "bible" of Unix system administration. Hein has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the USENIX Association for his work with the University of California at Berkeley's Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG), and he was the third engineer hired at Berkeley Software Design, Inc. (BSDI; see Linux launch). He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, which in 2004 awarded him the Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Hein is a 10-year Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE-10), #1941. He is also Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) #54481, with an Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP) and Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) designation. Hein is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, and has served in various roles including President of the Board for the 2004-2005 term.
Ned McClain is an expert in IT infrastructure and application security, helping organizations of all sizes find balanced IT solutions. He was formerly director of Infrastructure Engineering at a large consulting firm. In this role, McClain was responsible for the security of more than 200 client environments involving a wide variety of infrastructure from wide-area networks to local wireless deployments for companies such as ConAgra, Empire Blue Cross, and Whole Foods Market. McClain is also a contributing author to the Unix System Administration Handbook and the Linux Administration Handbook. McClain often lectures about various system administration and security topics at technical conferences such as USENIX in the United States and APRICOT in Asia. He has a degree in Computer Science from Cornell University's College of Engineering and is CISSP #39389.