Jason Polancich is founder, lead architect of SurfWatch Labs, an independent data analytics firm founded in 2013 that provides highly accurate, timely and actionable information to businesses regarding the cybercrime threats they face.
Polancich is a serial entrepreneur focused on solving complex internet security and cyber-defense problems. Novii Design, a company he co-founded in 2005 with Rebekah Lewis-Polancich, was based on his contributions to cloud architectures, distributed computing, data analysis and systems integration. The company assisted the U.S. Intelligence Community and Department of Defense in building some of the largest data warehouse and analysis systems ever put into operation within the government and defense contracting sectors. Novii Design was sold to Six3 Systems in 2010.
Prior to Novii Design, Polancich assisted technology companies in building engineering practices around software, data and collaboration. He began his professional career 20 years ago, serving as a U.S. Army translator, intelligence analyst, software engineer, systems architect and corporate executive.
In addition to completing numerous professional engineering and certification programs through the National Cryptologic School, Polancich is a 1991 graduate of the University of Alabama, with degrees in English, Political Science and Russian. He is a distinguished graduate of the Defense Language Institute (Arabic) and has completed foreign study programs through Boston University in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Polancich lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast and in Charleston, SC with his wife and business partner Rebekah, their three teenagers and a very high-maintenance Springer Spaniel. In his spare time, he follows the Alabama Crimson Tide, My Morning Jacket, The Drive-By Truckers, Paul Finebaum, William Gay’s writings, and anything that gets him outside and near the ocean.