Founder & CEO
Eric Hipkins is the founder and chief executive officer of R9B, a global leader in cybersecurity training, products and services for the U.S. Department of Defense, Fortune 500 companies, 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 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, intelligence, linguistics and cryptology professional with more than 25 years of specialization in advanced cybersecurity and technical intelligence operations for the defense, Intelligence and commercial communities. Among various senior positions in U.S. Intelligence, special programs and special operations, his assignments included direct support to the President of the United States of America and members of Congress.
Eric is professionalized by the National Security Agency (NSA) as an Intelligence Analyst and adjunct faculty. He is the recipient of the distinguished Knowlton Award for significant intelligence contributions to the United States of America. He is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Cybersecurity subcommittee and the Forbes Technology Council, among other numerous cybersecurity and business organizations. Eric holds a master’s degree in computer resources and information management and maintains numerous professional cybersecurity certifications.