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Threat Defiance Report

Pikes Peak Regional Cyber Summit

On behalf of root9B, Eric Stride and Aaron Shaha will present a live cyber demonstration at the Pikes Peak Regional Cyber Summit on Tuesday, March 15 from 11:45-1:00 p.m. More information on the days agenda and presenters, here.

Eric Stride Vice President, Emerging Technologies

Eric Stride, a 12‐year veteran leader of the U.S. Air Force and NSA, serves as Vice President of Emerging Technologies, the research and development arm at root9B. Mr. Stride brings significant technical and command experience throughout the cyber operations domain that includes numerous highly technical cyber operations for the Air Force, NSA, and Cyber Command. Some of these positions include commanding a geographically separated offensive cyber operations unit, leading the Air Force’s first-ever regional cyber combat mission team to initial operating capacity, and serving as deputy chief for cyber operations at an NSA field site. Mr. Stride is also an alumni of NSA’s prestigious Computer Network Operations Development Program. He has developed cyber capabilities for both NSA and the Air Force, in addition to serving as a subject matter expert to the Air Force’s cyber acquisition office. He authored the Air Force’s first weapons & tactics manuals addressing offensive cyber operations, and was the U.S. Air Force’s first-ever Numbered-Air-Force level offensive cyber evaluator. Mr. Stride holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in IT Management from Colorado Technical University, in addition to possessing numerous industry certifications. 

Aaron Shaha Vice President of Threat Intelligence

Aaron Shaha has over 15 years of experience in physical and network security within the Department of Defense. Most recently he has served as a technical director in the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center (NTOC) leading a team of advanced cyber analysts charged with finding the most advanced cyber actors and malicious tools in network traffic. He holds a Masters in Security Engineering from SMU and was previously certified Adjunct Faculty teaching Network Based Intrusion Detection for the NTOC. Previous positions include working to support real time cyber military integration operations and architecting a near real time Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) system. He has also been awarded the National Intelligence Award - Exceptional Achievement Medal (EAM) for Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) expertise and problem solving in support of a major operation for the Counterterrorism Production Center. The EAM “Recognizes a single exceptional contribution to the IC and the US; awarded on a very selective and limited basis.”