Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley

Partner at Cognitio

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Defense & Space

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Bob Gourley's Summary

Partner and co-founder of Cognitio Corp.

Editor of, the award winning technology blog.

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).

Bob Gourley's Experience

Partner and Co-Founder

Cognitio Corp

May 2014Present (5 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

Board Member

Centripetal Networks

December 2010Present (3 years 10 months)

April 2014Present (6 months)

October 2007Present (7 years)


October 2007Present (7 years)

Bob Gourley's Publications

  • Cloud Computing: Risks,Benefits and Mission Enhancement for the Intelligence Community

    • 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

    • Cengage Learning
    • July 22, 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.

  • Addressing Cyber Instability

    • Cyber Conflict Studies Association
    • December 2012

Bob Gourley's Skills & Expertise

  1. DoD
  2. Intelligence Community
  3. Editor
  4. CTO
  5. Federal Government
  6. Disruptive Technologies
  7. Big Data
  8. Cloud Computing
  9. Cyber Security
  10. Management Consulting
  11. Computer Security
  12. Enterprise Architecture
  13. Security Clearance
  14. Security
  15. PKI
  16. CISSP
  17. Information Security
  18. Information Assurance
  19. Program Management
  20. Network Architecture
  21. Business Analysis
  22. Systems Engineering
  23. Military
  24. Leadership
  25. Strategic Planning
  26. National Security
  27. Management
  28. Network Security
  29. Command
  30. Vulnerability Assessment
  31. Project Planning
  32. Homeland Security
  33. Army
  34. Business Development
  35. Enterprise Software
  36. Integration
  37. Navy
  38. IT Management
  39. Government
  40. Strategy
  41. Intelligence
  42. Air Force
  43. IT Strategy

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Technology for enterprise operations and national security- especially new/disruptive technology. Bob blogs about these interests at

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