Leadership Team

Corsec’s success can be attributed to the intelligence, determination, vendor advocacy, and drive of its people. The staff is comprised of seasoned engineers, experienced technology specialists, and highly skilled professionals with over 100 years of cumulative experience. We are made up of purpose-driven, innovative professionals who deliver exemplary certification and validation consulting services.


Chief Executive Officer


Matthew Appler has led Corsec to become the undisputed leader of the IT security product validation and certification industry. Matthew not only defines the company’s strategic vision, he makes it a reality by applying his extensive expertise to Corsec’s daily operations. Over the past 20 years, Matthew has helped validate a wide array of hardware, software, and firmware products, including database management systems, storage systems, virtual private networks, firewalls, smartcards, and cryptographic accelerators. That hands-on approach to leadership ensures success for our customers and Corsec.

Before co-founding Corsec in 1998, Matthew was a lead software developer, designing and developing secure email systems, token-based purchase order systems, public key infrastructure, and client and server components. Matthew has a bachelor of science in computer science from James Madison University.







Chief Administrative Officer


Head of Service Delivery

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Chandra James heads the administrative side of the Corsec organization. She oversees the finance, IT, human resources and administrative departments within the organization. She is responsible for leading the overall financial processes and operations; driving employee engagement, development, and strategic hiring, as well as maintaining the corporate culture; and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business. Chandra joined Corsec in 2008 and has held multiple roles in several departments including operations, sales, and marketing, all with progressive management responsibilities. Her versatility allows her to provide a blend of strategic planning and tactical execution to her role.

Prior to joining Corsec, Chandra held accounting and finance positions for more than a decade. She worked as an accounting clerk for Hughes Design Associates and later as an accounting administrator for Wrecking Corp. of America. Chandra then worked as an accounting administrator at L&E Meridian while completing a double major in accounting and economics at Longwood University.

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John Morris helps define company strategy and oversees the Corsec customer experience. His deep technical background ensures that Corsec provides unparalleled consulting services that deliver enterprise value to customers. John has decades of experience in cryptography, communications, security engineering, public key infrastructure, and networking technologies. He pioneered and leads Corsec’s DoD APL and Enterprise Laboratory Service offerings.

Before co-founding Corsec in 1998, John managed one of the first NVLAP-accredited FIPS testing laboratories, working to help vendors get hardware, software, and firmware products validated. During that time, he recognized the need for a vendor advocate to guide companies through the arduous and complex technical certification activities, and to simplify and streamline the validation process for everyone involved. John received a bachelor’s in electric engineering from the University of Maryland, and a master’s in telecommunications and computer science from George Washington University.

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John Carrabis is responsible for all obligations of the service team. He oversees Corsec’s high standards to operations, core values, project scheduling, and enterprise. His implemented process strategies enhance project execution, quality and efficiency. John joined the Corsec team in the fall of 2016 and has streamlined the organization to be able to focus on specialized certifications. He drives and tracks Corsec key performance indicators which keeps the business on course. He brings a wealth of senior management to the organization while driving and building strong teams.

John has spent the last 35 years in the semiconductor industry with the last 20 years with Micron Semiconductor. He holds a Black Belt through the Six Sigma Academy and a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Farmingdale State College, SUNY.