Our story

Founded from pure passion for the industry, our mission has always been to make the Cyber world a safer place.

Level Effect started as a software company, developing Recon™.

Recon™ is the first EDR solution that merges endpoint forensics with sophisticated network traffic visibility with no appliance required. That software was acquired in 2021 by Huntress Labs. (read more here). 

In July 2020 we launched the first Cyber Defense Analyst Bootcamp on our custom built Level Effect Learning Platform. 

We aim to deliver the highest quality learning experience to our students.  We do that by focusing on the most relevant skills and information students need to succeed within an organization in a Cyber Security role.


Our mission is to make the Cyber world a safer place by arming individuals with the knowledge they need to defend themselves and their organizations.


Greg Ake

CEO & Instructor

Greg has seventeen years of Cyber Security experience, fifteen years being within the U.S. Air Force, National Security Agency (NSA) and as a defense contractor conducting Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Computer Network Operations (CNO).  He has led diverse technical teams in support of intelligence collection, advanced analytics, network exploitation, persona/device profiling, technical research, and intelligence driven tactical operations.

Rob Noeth

CTO & Instructor

Rob leads software development and systems engineering at Level Effect. He has over ten years experience as a senior CNO software engineer and systems architect within the NSA. With extensive knowledge in architecting and engineering distributed systems, web applications, micro services, and data analysis platforms.  Rob has helped the United States Army, United States Air Force, University of California, and several Fortune 500 enterprises secure their networks and applications.

Anthony Bendas

COO & Instructor

Anthony leads Level Effect operations and content development. Anthony has over 6 years of security industry experience in engineering, consulting, and pentesting roles and over 7 years in management. He is OSCP, Network+, and Security+ Certified.

Will Nissler


As a Cyber Defense Analyst Alumni, Will actively searches for tools to add to Level Effect courses and has a special interest in security automation techniques. Will has 6 years of experience in the U.S. Navy where he worked within the U.S. Intelligence Community supporting cyber operations. When he is not teaching or writing labs, Will works full time as a Security Engineer.