Tom Barrick is the CEO of Excalibur CyberSecurity, Inc.
This small but efficient company made its money in two ways. The first was as an advisor to large corporations on maintaining adequate security in an ever-improving cybercrime environment. The second, and really more lucrative part, was in the recovery of lost or stolen items invariably of high value, thus making the earning of a 20% value price tag very much worth the effort.
For over two decades before founding his company, Barrick has been an agent with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), that country's version of the CIA. Being single and largely frugal, he had packed away a good deal of his salary into mutual funds over the years and had an impressive nest egg. A bit on insider information had been beneficial before the Market crash of '87 and a switch over to Microsoft and Oracle stocks had done quite well for him. He could have retired and lived comfortably for the rest of his life but that would also have been, to Barrick, a bit too tame.