Matt Devost

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, an 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.

Presentation Topics


Matt presents on his unique approach to technology, business, and security issues which is driven by a technique he calls “HACKthink” – applying a hacker mindset to analyze and dissect complex problems and develop innovative solutions. Matt has used HACKthink to hack into aircraft carriers, global banks, and conduct hundreds of hacking operations. Learn the approaches that make this all possible and how they can be applied to your organization, market, or any problem or opportunity.

Who Hacks, Wins—Managing Cyber Risk

Gain a detailed understanding of the cyber threat and proven strategies and approaches for managing cyber risk in your organization. From criminals to nation state sponsored attacks, modern adversaries are targeting your networks, your data, and your people. Understand the tactics they are using and effective cyber defense countermeasures you can deploy today to thwart the attackers of tomorrow.

Kill with a Borrowed Sword

Matt has famously predicted cyberthreats for over twenty-five years and has been on the front-lines of cyberconflicts for over two decades having worked to counter Russian, Chinese, and other nation state threats. This presentation provides an overview of the current threat environment to include nation state attackers, criminals, cyberterrorists, and insiders and the knowledge you need to understand how these threats will evolve over the coming decade.

What’s Your Digital Footprint?

Are you curious as to how hackers might target you or your organization’s executives? Receive a breach disclosure notice and wondering what your risks are? Join professional hacker and cybersecurity expert Matt Devost on a tour of your digital footprint to understand what threat actors could be targeting you, how to raise your defenses, and best-practices you can implement right now to make yourself a hack-resistant target.

A New Hope: Cyber Innovation Over the Next 10 Years

A review of the technologies and strategies that will drive cyber security solutions over the next decade. From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Autonomous Vehicles, we are on the precipice of incredible technological disruption. Matt provides an overview of this emerging technology landscape with a thoughtful perspective on how to manage risks and exploit opportunities.

Red Teaming: 20 Lessons Learned over 20 Years

Matt Devost draws upon 20 years of red teaming against governments and corporations to identify the top 20 lessons learned from red teamers that can make their engagements more successful. Filled with real-world stories drawn from hundreds of successful hacking operations, Matt provides the audience with an understanding of how hackers target systems, people, and processes.


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