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About Canopy

Learn how we’re challenging convention and transforming the way people work.

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Who We Are

We are Canopy, the creators of industry-leading privacy and data breach response software. Our goal is to bring transparency to how organizations store, process, and share sensitive data by empowering them to detect and protect personally identifiable information (PII).

When Ralph Nickl founded Canopy, data privacy laws like GDPR, CCPA, and PIPEDA were gaining momentum across the globe, but technology had not yet caught up. In an attempt to keep pace with growing threats, organizations were using software from parallel industries like ediscovery. 

Having come from the ediscovery software market, Ralph witnessed firsthand how slow, inaccurate, and expensive it was for finding PII and people in breached data. He wanted to create a tool that was designed to help companies notify authorities and affected people as quickly as possible in the event of a breach — not just because regulations require it, but because it’s the right thing to do.

Data Breach Response

July 23, 2018
Canopy Software disrupts the market through the use of AI and machine learning as well. With a purpose-built user interface and process, Data Breach Response is the first software of its kind.

First Patent

August 10, 2021
The USPTO issues Canopy a patent for identifying compliance-related information associated with data breach events, validating and confirming our leadership in this space.

Privacy Audit

October 13, 2021
Canopy defines PII detection again with the launch of our second product. Privacy Audit provides companies with critical insights about how they handle data to inform their data governance strategies and proactively mitigate risk.

Database Sampling

December 20, 2022
Canopy further establishes its position as the leader of data breach response software by introducing the industry's first-ever database sampling capabilities, giving users an upfront look at this notoriously difficult file type.

How We Work

Canopy has been a remote-first company since day one, before the pandemic turned that into a global trend. This has allowed us to build and grow our team with the best talent, regardless of where they live.

There’s a great deal of trust that comes with remote work, and no room for micromanagement. We select Foresters who are reliable, self-managing, and motivated to provide our customers with the best solutions to their cybersecurity problems.

This remote-first structure benefits our company and our people in many ways — here are just a few:

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It allows for a change of scenery.

Great ideas come from exploring: Canopy itself was conceptualized in the forest. Without ties to an office, we’ve seen Foresters do amazing work from a hotel, a campground, or even a boat.

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It's better for our planet.

We strive to be good stewards not just in the digital world, but also in the real world. Cutting out daily commutes and not powering a dedicated workspace are ways to lessen our impact on the planet.

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It offers a healthier balance.

Our Foresters are dedicated to the roles they play at Canopy, but they are also people with full lives. Working from home provides more time and autonomy to balance family, hobbies, and other obligations.

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It lets us build a more diverse team.

Recruiting from just one geographic location can severely limit the variety of voices on a team. By bringing together people from all walks of life, we aim to make more inclusive decisions.

Meet Our Team

Dubbed “Foresters” as another homage to our love for nature and the broader environment, our team is made up of talented, creative, and enthusiastic people from across the United States. We all share a common goal: to leave the world (both real and digital) better than we found it.

If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our Careers page to view our available positions.

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Ralph Nickl

Founder and CEO

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Adi Elliott

Chief Operating Officer

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Jennifer Jackson

VP of Customer Success

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Aditi Shah

VP of Finance

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Sarah Albani

Director of Marketing