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From siloed expert to empowered team: Blackwire.ai democratizes knowledge, fosters collaboration, and builds a thriving security culture.

Blackwire Labs' Dynamic Trio Fortifying the Digital Frontier

Blackwire Labs is driven by a trio of distinguished professionals in the cybersecurity realm, each contributing unique expertise to fortify the digital landscape.

Joshua Ray (CEO) with over 20 years of cybersecurity experience, Matt Devost (strategic advisor/board director) with expertise in cybersecurity and counterterrorism, and Christopher Clark (CTO) specializing in network resilience and incident response. Their collective experience shapes the company’s direction in the cybersecurity field.

Joshua Ray

CEO

A U.S. Navy veteran and seasoned cybersecurity executive, Joshua Ray is dedicated to enhancing the cyber resilience of organizations across various industries. With a robust career spanning over 20 years, he has demonstrated expertise in navigating the commercial, private, public, and military sectors. Notably, he led global product and services businesses, showcasing innovative capabilities in defending some of the world's most targeted networks against advanced cyber adversaries.

As the former Global Security Lead for Emerging Technologies & Cyber Defense at Accenture, Joshua played a pivotal role in driving security innovation and securing critical technologies for the next generation of the global economy. Prior leadership roles include serving as the Global Cyber Defense Practice Lead for Accenture Security and managing Verisign's enterprise Cyber Intelligence Program.

With a background that includes creating and managing cyber threat intelligence programs at Raytheon, technical leadership roles at the Office of Naval Intelligence and Northrop Grumman Corporation, Joshua brings a wealth of experience to lead a cybersecurity startup.

Holding a Bachelor of Science in information technology from George Mason University and an Executive Certificate in strategy and innovation from MIT Sloan School of Management, he has also served honorably as a member of the U.S. Navy and remains an active member of the cybersecurity community, often contributing insights as a regular guest on the Cyber Wire podcast.

Matt Devost

Strategic Advisor

Matt Devost is a prominent figure with extensive experience in technology, entrepreneurship, and international security, particularly in the realms of cybersecurity, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, and risk management. As the CEO & Co-Founder of OODA LLC, a global strategic advisory firm specializing in global security, technology, and intelligence matters, he offers valuable insights and guidance.

Beyond his leadership at OODA, he actively engages with various companies, including serving as a board director, making him a sought-after strategic advisor for startups seeking guidance in the intricate intersection of technology, security, and risk management.

Matt's career also encompasses roles as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, where he imparts knowledge on cybersecurity and business risk. Additionally, his contributions as a board member of MissionLink, a non-profit trade association, further underscore his deep understanding of emerging threats and essential security issues.

With a strong academic foundation and a wealth of media appearances and publications, Matt will be an asset for Blackwire Labs as the team navigates the ever-evolving fields of cybersecurity and technology.

Christopher Clark

CTO

Christopher Clark, an accomplished cybersecurity professional, stands out as a dynamic leader in the field. With a career spanning over two decades, he has made significant contributions to enhancing enterprise data security and network resilience.

As the Chief Technology Officer at Blackwire Labs, Christopher's expertise encompasses a wide range of areas including network and infrastructure vulnerability assessments, incident response, and the development of comprehensive security programs. His experience in creating and implementing technical designs for defense in-depth strategies and risk reduction is particularly noteworthy.

Previously, Christopher played key roles in several high-profile organizations. At Accenture Security, he was pivotal in developing Cyber Defense security standards and integrating major acquisitions like Symantec and ContextIS. As a leader at Palo Alto Networks, he founded and expanded the Global Security Response Team, focusing on threat analysis and security automation. His tenure at Watermark Insights and Verisign iDefense further demonstrates his capability in creating impactful security programs and innovative solutions.

With a remarkable track record in managing critical systems in challenging environments, including active hostile fire zones, Christopher's leadership is grounded in real-world experience. His skill set is further enriched by his involvement in various commercial and open-source security toolsets, emphasizing his commitment to advancing the cybersecurity field.

Christopher Clark's combination of technical acumen and strategic foresight positions him as a key asset to Blackwire Labs and the broader cybersecurity community.

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