SEAS alumnus: Jay Kaplan

Jay Kaplan

Jay Kaplan is a born entrepreneur.  By age 13, he had started his first company—a technology-based company—and by his freshman year at SEAS, he had sold the company.

At SEAS, Jay concentrated on learning the fundamentals of computer science and cybersecurity. He was accepted to several colleges but chose SEAS, because it was one of a handful of schools across the US that had been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity.

After graduating and working for the National Security Agency (NSA) for three years, Jay and his colleague Mark Kuhr founded the start-up company Synack.  Their innovative model to bring NSA expertise to the commercial sector immediately began attracting renowned Silicon Valley investors and the interest of large enterprises. On top of all of this, CNBC named Synack one of the top 50 most disruptive companies in the U.S., and Forbes magazine named Jay to its “30 Under 30” list for 2015.