Over the past 25 years, Matt has been a cybersecurity expert with experience in the defense, intelligence, and, corporate, and academic domains. Matt is currently the CEO and co-founder of the consultancy OODA, LLC. (www.ooda.com) which also operates the OODA Network at www.oodaloop.com.
Matt started his career as a hacker breaking into networks for the United States Department of Defense and Intelligence community and their coalition partners. Matt successfully transitioned his skills to the business world and applied a hacker mindset to addressing global problems such as terrorism, cybersecurity, and managing other emerging global risks.
Matt was the Co-Founder and CEO of the Terrorism Research Center, leading the organization from 1996–2018 and through the dynamic environment leading up to and after the attacks of September 11, 2001. He was also a founding employee and Director of Intelligence at iDefense, the first cyber threat intelligence company whose 20 years of intelligence reporting is on display here at the International Spy Museum. Most recently Matt was the Co-Founder and CEO of FusionX, and advanced red teaming and incident response company that was acquired by Accenture in 2015 and Matt went on to run Accenture’s global cyber defense practice.
Mr. Devost was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University for fourteen years teaching the flagship graduate course entitled “Information Warfare and Security” and is a Founding Director of the Cyberconflict Studies Association. Mr. Devost is also on the Black Hat advisory board, helping to shape the agenda for a series of world-class information security conferences. Mr. Devost was also appointed as a special government advisor to counsel the U.S. Department of Defense leadership on a variety of security issues from 2010-2013.
Mr. Devost has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, CBS News, BBC television, NWCN, Australian television and hundreds of other domestic and international radio and television programs as an expert on terrorism and cybersecurity and has lectured or published for the National Defense University, the United States Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities, the Swedish, Australian, Japanese, and New Zealand governments, Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, and a number of popular press books—magazines, academic journals and over 400 international conferences.
Mr. Devost has co-written or authored chapters for several books including Cyberadversary Characterization, Threats in the Age of Obama, Information Warfare Vol. 2, Sun Tzu Art of War in Information Warfare, and was the technical editor for Hacking a Terror Network and best-selling author David Ignatius’ book The Director. He was also an advisor for the movie Black Hat.
In 2004, Mr. Devost was appointed to the Defense Science Board Task Force on Critical Homeland Infrastructure Protection to provide advice to the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Devost served as a Senior Advisor to the Airline Pilots Association National Security Committee and is and adjunct member of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group.
Mr. Devost holds a B.A. degree from St. Michael’s College and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont.