Keynote Speaker – Brian Hermann, Ph.D.

Director, Cyber Security & Analytics Directorate

Brian Hermann, Ph.D. is the Program Executive Officer and Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency Cyber Security & Analytics Directorate. He is responsible for leading the acquisition, development and technology insertion of cyber security and network operations solutions from the enterprise level down to the endpoint. In addition, Hermann manages a diverse portfolio including cyber situational awareness capabilities and the development of solutions for identity management and zero trust.
Hermann previously led the agency’s Services Development Directorate where he oversaw the development and acquisition of DoD-wide enterprise information technology unified capabilities, business systems, and warfighting command and control capabilities for the Department of Defense.
A retired U.S. Air Force Communications and Cyber Officer, Hermann has served in a variety of communications, acquisition-related, software, test and evaluation, information technology, and educational positions. He developed techniques for evaluating software product maturity and reliability used for major acquisition programs including JSTARS, the CV-22, and the E-3 Radar System Improvement Program for the AWACS. He also has extensive experience teaching systems and software engineering, delivering information technology services, and leading educational departments. As a National Defense Fellow, he published research on a normative U.S. Government response to cyber attacks.

In his final active-duty tour, Col. Hermann led DISA’s Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) program’s collaboration services team and served as the Chief of DISA’s Enterprise Applications Services Division. After military retirement, Dr. Hermann spent several years in industry before rejoining the government in July 2016.

He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and earned his doctorate in Computer Science with a focus on Software Engineering from Arizona State University. He is also a graduate of the Air War College, the College of Naval Command and Staff, and the Air Force Institute of Technology.