About Us

Cosaint is a privately-held company incorporated in Washington state in 2001, and headquartered in Mount Vernon, WA. The company develops information security education solutions with a focus on online security awareness training for end-users.

"Cosaint" is a Gaelic word meaning "to protect" or "defend". This reflects not only the background of many of our staff in the information and computer security industry, but also our dedication as a company to producing secure, reliable and robust solutions for our clients.


Some of Cosaint’s clients include:

  • Air Methods
  • American Medical Systems of Maine
  • Androscoggin Bank
  • Brinkman Financial Services
  • City of Mount Vernon
  • Columbia River PUD
  • Commerzbank
  • Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Connecticut State University System
  • Demand Media
  • Getty Images
  • Guitar Center
  • Holland America Line
  • Infospace
  • Kennebunk Savings Bank
  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • King County
  • Metropolitan National Bank (NYC)
  • Microdynamics Group
  • Nike
  • North Cascades Eye Hospital
  • Northern California Power Agency
  • Northwest Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Northwest Urology Clinic
  • Orchard Brands
  • Oregon State Treasury
  • Pacific Northwest Cardiology
  • PEMCO Insurance
  • Portland General Electric
  • Russell Investments
  • Skagit Pediatrics
  • Spectrum Medical
  • State of Oregon
  • Sur La Table
  • The First N.A. (Maine)
  • T-Mobile
  • Travis Credit Union
  • Trilogy Fulfillment
  • United Mail
  • Vertafore


Matthew Gischer
Chief Executive Officer

Matt has been helping businesses design, manage, and secure their IT infrastructures for well over 10 years. He has worked with a variety of organizations – both large and small – on complex projects involving network security, infrastructure virtualization, and wireless networking.

Prior to co-founding Cosaint, Matt worked at SecurityPortal – a major center for security research and information. At its peak, SecurityPortal had an audience of over 350,000 IS, IT, and security professionals, hosted over 40,000 pages of information and was receiving over 2,000,000 page views per month. At SecurityPortal, Matt wrote the Microsoft security newsletter sent out to thousands of security professionals each week. He also led the development of the NetRadar alerting system, and supported the development of other online services.

As well as his leadership and management role at Cosaint, Matt is ultimately responsible for the architecture and design of the delivery infrastructure which allows Cosaint to deliver online training to tens of thousands of students. He also leads the professional services division for a local company – Network Solutions NW, Inc. – and he holds numerous IT certifications including CCIE Security, CCSP, CCNP, MCSE and VCP.

Michael McCrea
Chief Operating Officer

Michael has over twenty years of system integration, network security, on-line hosting and project management experience. He has worked in the fields of information security and network integration since 1990. Before joining Cosaint, Mike worked as the Director of Technical Operations for SecurityPortal where his responsibilities included management of the SecurityPortal web site and infrastructure – a major center for security research and information. Michael also managed the development team of network engineers and programmers, and a content development team including both in-house and contract authors and editors. He was also in charge of the early development of the NetRadar alerting system and authored the SecurityPortal newsletter which had over 20,000 subscribers.

At Cosaint, Michael is active in the development of on-line training content including authoring Cosaint’s “Safe Surfing”, “Good Password Practice” and “Dealing with Spyware” courses. He also acts as a subject matter expert and technical reviewer for all Cosaint courses. As well as his course development role, Michael is also engaged in network design and implementation consulting to a wide range of clients (including businesses and healthcare organizations) in Skagit, Snohomish and King counties.

Michael has worked with a wide variety of methodologies and manufacturers’ equipment. He also has a strong working knowledge of web hosting, virtual environments, IDS, VPN’s, Active Security, intra/internet, LAN/WAN, TCP/IP, routing fundamentals. Michael is a MCSE, CNE, CCNA and has an ATA degree from Skagit Valley College of Mount Vernon, Washington.