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Former CIA tech chiefs to drive cyber intelligence in Australia

Bob Gourley


Cognitio is featured in this piece from CIO Magazine:

Former CIA tech chiefs to drive cyber intelligence in Australia

Australia's cyber security is only as good as its organisations', says former CIA tech chiefs and Cognitio founders

The overarching message to organisations from the federal government’s cyber security strategy is – “you’re on your own, we wish you the best luck.”

So says Roger Hockenberry, former CTO for the National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – a role he took on following a bout as chief of cyber defense for the CIO with the agency, among other roles.

“This should be a clear signal to every company that they have to engage in cyber intelligence,” Hockenberry says. “It’s now going to be incumbent on them to do their own research, analyse threats, understand how it affects the business and how it could impact them in a material way.”

With more than twenty years of IT experience, Hockenberry is a proven technologist and business executive that has chosen to focus his skillset on helping enterprises prepare for cyber-attacks as the CEO and co-founder of Cognitio.

In the wake of the release of the government's cyber security strategy, Hockenberry is touring Australia to discuss the importance of cyber intelligence to companies that want to stay protected and competitive.

“Cyber intelligence is more than IT security. You now have to be aware of all these new impacts. Cyber is a market of its own, and that market is moving and evolving quickly,” he warns.

Joining him in Australia is one of three co-founders of Cognitio, managing partner Bob Flores. Flores himself served an impressive 31-year stint at the CIA, in various IT roles including the directorate of intelligence, directorate of support, and the National Clandestine Service, and eventually CTO.

Flores left the CIA to form an independent IT consulting firm, before founding Cognitio with Hockenberry and additional partners, tech titan Bob Gourley (former CTO for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and joint chief of cyber defense for the Pentagon), plus tech consulting, marketing, communications and research guru, David Highnote.

Continue reading at: CIO.com.au

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com