About Us

RedShield is the world's first web application shielding-with-a-service company.

Founded, owned and operated by an experienced team of penetration testers and security technologists, we are challenging the status quo of secure software and code remediation by combining web application shielding micro-services and expert security operations services. We secure vulnerable applications, lower costs, and decrease time-to-market.

Our Vision

To be known the world over for protecting connected people.


Because everything is connected and connection is everything.

Our Mission

To shield the web from dark forces protecting all of its connected people and things.


At RedShield, while we serve our customer's business interests, we also believe it is our duty to protect the end user. Because when security fails, it's the user who ultimately pays the price.

Our Promise

We deliver proven security operations, tools, and proprietary shielding micro-services that save our customers time, money, and ensure secure business operations.


Risk acceptance of any vulnerability is becoming increasingly dangerous. You need tools that can rapidly shield any vulnerability and a cybersecurity team that is as skilled, organized and persistent as your adversary.

Our Beliefs

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Honesty, transparency, and trust are the foundation of business.

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Ethical behavior will always outsmart unethical behavior.

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We are here to enable business and we are here to protect people.

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Cybersecurity is more than just a business issue, we believe everyone has the right to be protected.

Leadership Team

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Andy Prow
CEO, Co-Founder & Security Researcher

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Andy Prow is CEO and co-founder of RedShield. Prior to leading RedShield, Andy was the CEO and Founder of Aura InfoSec, New Zealand's leading information security consulting firm.

Under Andy's leadership RedShield was awarded New Zealand Security Company of the Year 2017, Winner of 2 categories in the NZ Hi-Tech awards 2017,  ANZIA (Australia / New Zealand Internet Awards) for security and privacy, Auckland (AUT) Business Awards 2014, Electra Business of the year 2013 and winner of the Wellington NZ Cyber Gold Awards 2015.

Andy is a rare breed of successful entrepreneur and technical expert. With a BSc Hons in Computer Science and Software Engineering, Andy started his IT career as a software developer and then as a technical and solutions architect for IBM, Telecom, Vodafone and Ericsson.

Also under Andy's leadership, Aura InfoSec was in the Deloitte APAC Tech Fast 500 for 4 years and won many awards before being sold to NZ state owned Kordia in November 2015.

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Graeme Neilson
Chief Research Officer & Co-Founder

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Graeme has spent the last 15 years in offensive security conducting penetration tests and security reviews of governments and corporates across the globe. During that time he has presented on novel research at many information security conferences including BlackHat, CanSecWest, H2HC, Troopers, Ruxcon, Daycon and Kiwicon. As Chief Research Officer at RedShield he heads up a team of security researchers and analysts exploring new attack techniques and ensuring RedShield clients have the most effective defense possible.

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Matt Taylor
SVP Business Development

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Originally a mathematical modelling researcher, Matt has spent the last 25 years in Sales and Pre-Sales roles for hi-tech companies. During that time he has received numerous regional and global performance and outstanding contribution awards. Believing a deep understanding of the technology is essential to effectively promote is, Matt has continued to perform research in his spare time. As SVP Bus Dev at RedShield he manages the Sales, Pre-Sales, Solution Architecture and with Sam the Product Management functions.

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Sam Pickles
CTO, Co-founder and Security Researcher

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Sam Pickles has provided IT and security services for banking, government and service provider clients for over seventeen years across Europe, Asia Pacific and the United States. During this period, Sam built some of the world’s largest web application firewall gateways, conducted penetration testing of networks, applications and hardware devices and currently focuses on advanced techniques for web application vulnerability shielding.

Sam studied Physics at the University of Otago, and Computer Science at the University of Oxford; and is the CTO and Co-Founder of RedShield Security Ltd, New Zealand's award-winning information security service provider.

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Diane Prow
Global Coordinator & International Relations

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Diane was Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer for Aura Information Security for 12 years and only handed over the reins in 2013 when RedShield Security (of which she is also Co-founder) started to get some global traction. At this point she took up the role of marketing and International customer relations.

Since then Diane has sat for the past 4 years on the Board of Business Kapiti Horowhenua, who orchestrate the prestigious annual Electra Business Awards, only leaving in March 2017 when extensively travel commitments required her to be out of New Zealand more than in it.

Diane’s role now in RedShield is as Global Coordinator & International Relations. Her key focuses are setting up and establishing all the infrastructure to run the new RedShield offices globally while building new customer and partner relationships in the new regions.

Accolades

Winners of:

- 2017 NZ HiTech Awards "Most Innovative Software Product" and "Most Innovative Service"
- 2016 NZ CIO 100 Innovation Award
- 2016 iSANZ NZ InfoSec Company of the Year
- 2015 Wellington Gold Awards "Cyber Gold"
- 2014 Deloitte Tech Fast 500 APAC and Fast 50 NZ 'Rising Stars'
- 2013 AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards
- 2012 Australia NZ Internet Awards - Security and Privacy
- 2012 Local Business of the Year