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Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Drissel is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BlackhawkNest. He’s responsible for all corporate vision, culture, and oversight.


    He was formerly the Acting Section Chief of the Intrusions Section at the Defense Cyber Crime Center’s (DC3) Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory (DCFL) where he and his team provided intrusion and malware analysis support to DoD entities, Federal Law Enforcement, the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF) and the Defense Industrial Base Collaborative Information Sharing Environment (DCISE). He was also DC3’s certified DoD Forensic Examiner and engaged on over 1000 intrusions cases.

    As a prior technical trainer within the Defense Computer Investigations Academy, he helped design the incident response and network-based intrusion curriculum and deliver it to over 1000 federal law enforcement/Intel related personnel.

    Joseph has served on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

    He regularly speaks on the topics of cyber security, intrusions, forensics analysis and the value of proactive data protection, providing his perspective and expertise at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Conference, to the U.S. Commerce Department, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a variety of industry leaders, and on major outlets like CNN and Krebs on Security.



Chief Operating Officer

Matt Barrett is Chief Operating Officer of BlackhawkNest. He is responsible for all facets of operation, including service oversight, client communications, employee well-being, and corporate operations.


    He previously led the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity program for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). To support the program, Matt led a multi-stakeholder engagement effort to develop and publish the Cybersecurity Framework Version 1.1. Through his awareness campaign and efforts, he propelled the Cybersecurity Framework to world-wide use at an estimated domestic usage of over 30%.

    During his tenure at NIST, Matt also supported the Obama Administration’s Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity through fifty-three specific action items to protect cyberspace.

    In the mid 2000s, he led NIST’s Security Content Automation Protocol program and supported the Office and Management and Budget’s Federal Desktop Core Configuration initiative (predecessor to US Government Consensus Baseline). For this work, Matt earned the Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award – the highest honor in the U.S. Department of Commerce – and was named to the 2007 Federal 100 for transforming the government’s ability to deliver on critical missions.

    Prior to NIST, Matt was President of the cybersecurity and signals intelligence organization, G2, Inc., and President of the unpopulated joint venture, Trusted Security Alliance, managed by G2. Between 2009 and 2014, he grew G2 from 40 to 100 people.

    Previous to this, Matt was appointed the youngest Director in the 44-year history of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). He achieved this while growing his cybersecurity business unit from 15 to 200 personnel and servicing the intelligence, defense, and national security communities. During this period, he also managed security solutions, pricing, and bids for all CSC global outsourcing.

    Matt holds a Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Virginia Tech.



Director of Engineering and Development

Jim brings over 40 years of experience in software development, built on a foundation of hardware experience, to his work for BlackhawkNest. He is responsible for designing and implementing software support for all operations.


    This includes integrating the storage and processing of the wide variety of data gathered in operations and support for automated analysis. Previously, Jim spent seven years at Tenable Network Security where, among other achievements, he designed and implemented the government-standards-based automation approach used with Nessus, the well-known vulnerability scanner.



Director of Cybersecurity

Ron has over 20 years of experience in information technology, specializing for more than 13 of those years in cybersecurity, particularly in cyber intrusion investigations, incident response, and cyber threat intelligence.


    Ron is responsible for BlackhawkNest’s cybersecurity detection & response use case, requirements, and concept of operations. His practical, first-hand experience, drives the collaborative aspect of Blackhawk’s technology, ensuring all Blackhawk’s solutions are developed with the analyst and incident investigator in mind.



Director of Messaging and Operations

Regina has over 15 years of experience in cybersecurity, with a strong emphasis on program management, communications, and training.


    She uses these disciplines to keep BlackhawkNest’s operations running smoothly, oversee both internal and external communications, and cultivate relationships with partners and clients.



The leadership of BlackhawkNest formed the US CyberDome to defend political campaigns and party committees against cyber and disinformation threats. US CyberDome is a 501(c)(4) non-profit that operates in accordance with Federal Election Commission and is guided by an extraordinary board of advisors led by former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. US CyberDome also operates the first-ever political campaign information sharing and analysis organization, the PC-ISAO.

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Storbyte, headquartered in Washington D.C., manufactures enterprise storage arrays that offer performance, power management, reliability, density, efficiency, flexibility, and affordability. Storbyte provides custom-build hardware for the Blackhawk Analytic Platform. In 2018, Storbyte was the Storage Magazine and SearchStorage Product of the Year and made the CRN® Emerging Vendors list.

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Founded in 2010, CyberESI leverages our team’s history supporting the Defense Cyber Crime Center to hunt and eradicate some of the most sophisticated adversaries in the world for our clients. Our services are aligned with acclaimed NIST guidance such as the Cybersecurity Framework based on our history working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. CyberESI supports BlackhawkNest with detection & response services.

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Splunk Inc. is an American public multinational corporation based in San Francisco, California, that produces software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data via a Web-style interface. BlackhawkNest search and visualization is delivered via the Splunk Enterprise product.

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