Eric Hipkins

Eric Hipkins

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Eric Hipkins is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of R9B, a global leader in cybersecurity products, services and training for the U.S. Department of Defense, Fortune 500, financial markets, critical infrastructure and the international community. Since founding R9B in 2011, Eric’s vision has been to introduce military-grade cyber defense concepts to private enterprises. As a pioneer in cybersecurity, Eric first introduced the concept of threat hunting to commercial markets as early as 2013 with the development of the Edison award-winning ORION HUNT platform. Today, he leads a team of more than 100 professionals dedicated to continuous innovation for the protection of information and automated physical systems.

A military veteran, Eric is an accomplished cybersecurity, threat intelligence, linguistics and cryptology professional with more than 25 years of specialization in advanced cybersecurity and technical intelligence operations. Eric founded the firm after a career that spanned more than two decades of intelligence service for the Defense, Intelligence and Special Operations community. A graduate of the National Security Agency’s premier internship, Eric led the combined joint/multi-agency task force responsible for the technical prosecution of the WMD search for the President of the United States George W. Bush and Congress. Responsible for standing up the United States Army’s most sensitive cyber operations unit, Eric was instrumental in the recruiting, training and development of the Army’s cyber mission force. A recipient of the Knowlton Award for significant intelligence contributions to the United States of America, Eric has served across numerous forward deployed, denied and contested regions supporting the most critical intelligence operations.

Eric serves the academic and philanthropic community as both a mentor and instructor. He routinely provides commentary and analysis on cybersecurity issues for national print and media including Wired, Fast Company, CBS, National Defense, Forbes, and Bloomberg among others.

Eric is professionalized by the National Security Agency (NSA) as an Intelligence Analyst and adjunct faculty. He is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Cybersecurity subcommittee, Cyber Initiatives Group, and Forbes Technology Council, among other cybersecurity and business organizations. Eric holds a master’s degree and maintains numerous professional cybersecurity certifications.

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