Chief Intelligence Officer
International Association of Certified ISAOs
Mr. Hillis has over 33+ years of experience providing information technology security services and training to government, military and corporate entities. Mr. Hillis has 23 years of significant technical experience in many areas of Information Assurance, Computer Security and Intelligence. His direct efforts have helped eliminate some of the most prolific hackers on the planet and enable law enforcement to build successful criminal cases against them. He has detailed experience with vulnerability management solutions, computer forensic acquisition and examination, perimeter security, operational security, and enterprise security management.
His cybersecurity expertise includes the collection, acquisition, tracking and compromise of Internet-based criminal activity, hacking, botnets and Internet predators. He has served in the roles of Chief Technology Officer for the government and the private sector, and in the role of Principal Secure Systems Engineer as the technical and capture lead for the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and U.S. Department of Defense – Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) initiatives. In this role, he selected architected and won four of the main DoD Information Assurance Programs that are in use today including the Host-Based Security System (HBSS). Mr. Hillis provides research, testing and evaluation of software product suites, as well as forensic, penetration testing and security support services.
Mr. Hillis retired from the US Navy in 2004 after 21-years of Active Duty service. During that time, he acted as Information Systems Security Manager for the Southeast Region of the United Sates. He received recognition from the U.S. Naval Institute and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) as a Copernicus Award winner. The Copernicus Award is given annually to people who have shown exceptional individual contribution in the disciplines of command, control, communications and computers, information systems and information warfare. He was also recognized by the U.S. Navy for developing software solutions for the patching and auditing of the Navy’s classified and unclassified networks, saving the Navy over 30 million dollars.
Mr. Hillis works closely with and has received recognition and awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.