Bob Gourley is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm. He is the publisher of CTOvision.com and ThreatBrief.com and is also a co-founder and partner of Cognitio.
Bob’s first career was as a naval intelligence officer, which included operational tours in Europe and Asia. Bob was the first Director of Intelligence (J2) at DoD’s cyber defense organization JTF-CND.
Following retirement from the Navy Bob was an executive with TRW and Northrop Grumman, and then returned to government service as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Bob was named one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the globe by Infoworld. He was selected for AFCEAs award for meritorious service to the intelligence community, and was named by Washingtonian as one of DC’s “Tech Titans.” Bob was named one of the “Top 25 Most Fascinating Communicators in Government IT” by the Gov2.0 community GovFresh. Bob was noted as “Most Influential on Twitter for Big Data” by Forbes. The blog he founded and publishes, CTOvision, is now ranked among the top 50 federal technology blogs.
Bob holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and three masters degrees including a master of science degree in scientific and technical intelligence from Naval Postgraduate School, a master of science degree in military science from USMC university, and a master of science degree in computer science from James Madison University.
Bob is a founding member and member of the board of directors of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association, a non-profit group focused on enhancing the study of cyber conflict at leading academic institutions and furthering the ability of the nation to understand the complex dynamics of conflict in cyberspace.
Bob serves on public boards and advisory boards for a number of companies including Centripetal Networks, Haystax, Wayin, Invincea, Fixmo, Spacecurve, Twiki, JackBe, ZafeSoft, Optensity and Triumfant. He has advised Cloudera, Pentaho, Platfora and Recorded Future. He is also on the board of Naval Intelligence Professionals, on the Intelligence Committee of AFCEA and the Cyber Committee of INSA. Bob is on the Cyber Committee of TheCipherBrief.com He is an advisor to MissionLink. He is active in the Washington Capital Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Bob is also on several government advisory boards. He is a participant in the National Security Agency Advisory Board (NSAAB) (Emerging Technologies Panel) and has served on Defense Science Board task forces.
Bob has led and participated in multiple due diligence assessments for private equity firms and businesses seeking evaluation of potential M&A targets.
Bob is frequently cited in the media. He has appeared on CBC News, Fox News, GovMattersTV, LocalNews8, BBC, NBC. He has been featured in numerous radio segments. He has been interviewed for media reporting which has been nationally syndicated including being featured in stories in the Associated Press, NBConline, FoxNews online, BBC and People Magazine. He is a frequent expert contributor to TheCipherBrief.com
Bob is a frequent speaker at corporate events including boardroom sesions for executives and broad employee awareness training. For more see our Corporate Events page.
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