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Bob Gourley

Partner at Cognitio

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Defense & Space
  1. Cognitio Corp,
  2. Centripetal Networks,
  3. MACH37 Cyber Accelerator
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Cognitio Corp

Cognitio Corp

Partner and Co-Founder

– Present

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Partner and co-founder of Cognitio Corp.

Editor of, the award winning technology blog.

Author of The Cyber Threat, available at

Winner of InfoWorld top 25 CTO of the year for 2007.

Awarded intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008.

Named to Washingtonian Magazine "DC Tech Titan" list in 2009.

Named one of the “Top 25 Most Fascinating Communicators in Government IT” by the Gov2.0 community GovFresh.

Named to "Top 20 Influencers in Big Data" in in Feb 2012 based on Traackr reach, resonance and relevance.

Served as the CTO for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Founder of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of governments, venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms.

Extensive industry experience in intelligence and security.

Bachelor of science degree in chemistry, a master of science degree in national security affairs, a master of science degree in military science, and a master of science degree in computer science.

Sits on boards in industry and government. Participant in the National Security Agency Advisory Board (NSAAB) (Emerging Technologies Panel).

Specialties: Cyber Security, Cyber Defense, Cyber Intelligence, Predictive analytics for the intelligence community. Big Data. Cloud Computing. Collaboration and collaboration tools. Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Verification. Management of technology throughout its lifecycle. Conversant in networking, communications, storage, servers, middleware, applications, and devices. Computer Science hobbyist. Very interested in learning about new technologies of use to DoD Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS).


Partner and Co-Founder

Cognitio Corp
– Present (7 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

Board Member

Centripetal Networks
– Present (4 years)

Stars Mentor

MACH37 Cyber Accelerator
– Present (8 months)


Crucial Point LLC
– Present (7 years 2 months)

– Present (7 years 2 months)


The Cyber Threat(Link)

September 2014

What do business leaders need to know about the cyber threat to their operations? Author Bob Gourley, the Director of Intelligence in the first Department of Defense cyber defense organization and lead for cyber intelligence at Cognitio Corp shares lessons from direct contact with adversaries in cyber space in a new book titled “The Cyber Threat”

Understanding the Cyber Threat is critical to preparing your defenses prior to attack and also instrumental in mounting a defense during attack. Reading this book will teach you things your adversaries wish you did not know and in doing so will enhance your ability to defend against cyber attack. The book explores the threat and the role of the emerging discipline of Cyber Intelligence as a way of making threat information actionable in support of your business objectives.

"The insights Bob provides in The Cyber Threat are an essential first step in developing your cyber defense solution."
· Keith Alexander, General, USA (Ret), Former Director, NSA, and Commander, US Cyber Command

"There are no excuses anymore. Trying to run a business without awareness of the cyber threat is asking to be fired. The Cyber Threat succinctly articulates insights you need to know right now."
· Scott McNealy, Co-founder and Former CEO, Sun Microsystems and Chairman Wayin.

"When I’m researching my own books, I always turn to Bob Gourley. I make disasters up. He’s seen them for real. And most important, he knows how to stop them. Read this. It’ll scare you, but also protect you."
· Brad Meltzer, #1 bestselling author of The Inner Circle

"Bob Gourley was one of the first intelligence specialists to understand the complex threats and frightening scope, and importance of the cyber threat. His book can give you the edge in what has emerged as one of the most compelling, mind-bending and fast moving issues of our time."
· Bill Studeman, Admiral, USN (Ret), Former Director, NSA and Deputy Director, CIA

Cloud Computing: Risks,Benefits and Mission Enhancement for the Intelligence Community(Link)

Intelligence & National Security Alliance
March 2012

In response to recent trends in federal information management to move towards cloud computing, the Intelligence and
National Security Alliance (INSA) convened a working group to study the mission impacts of cloud computing on the
Intelligence Community (IC). The Cloud Computing Task Force collected and analyzed data through a concerted effort in
which two groups conducted over fifty interviews with thought leaders and policy makers in the public and private sectors.


Data Divination: Big Data Strategies(Link)

Cengage Learning
July 2014

Data Divination: Big Data Strategies focuses entirely on strategy, from how to accurately calculate ROI, present a winning business case and empower your workforce from the CEO down, to developing overall and project-specific strategies that actually work.

Beyond the chapters that address specific steps and elements in developing successful big data strategies are ten chapters each dedicated to a specific industry. Those industries are governments; Department of Defense and Intelligence community; security; healthcare; small businesses and farms; energy; transportation; retail; banking, insurance and finance; and manufacturing.

In the chapters dedicated to specific industries, we examine real life use cases and case studies from several angles so you can see what works, what doesn't and why. There are suggestions on what players in those industries should consider doing beyond what they're doing now and in preparation for upcoming changes being wrought by disruptors and industry trends that are already underway. Because so many industries are converging, Bob and I urge you to read about industries other than your own in this book. There are several trends underway now that will impact seemingly unrelated business sectors. You'll find the heads-up on that useful in your own big data works.

This book also mentions tools where necessary but its focus is on big data strategies. It's written primarily for a business audience but is also useful to the more technically inclined in sparking project ideas or in learning about what others/competitors in the same industry are doing with big data.

Finally, if you ever wanted to know the big picture in big data--where projects in 10 different industries ultimately come together in changing our world--you'll catch a great glimpse of it here.



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