Dennis Gilbert

IANS Faculty

Dennis is the Founder and CEO of Vector9 Consultants, a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) that provides strategic cybersecurity guidance for critical infrastructure entities at greatest risk. Previous to this, he was the VP/CISO for the two largest energy/utility companies in the U.S. (Duke Energy and Exelon Corporation). Prior to these two CISO roles, he served as the Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 2005, Dennis retired from the USAF, where he held key leadership positions in national-priority programs in cybersecurity, information warfare, and satellite communications.

  • Strategy, Governance, Risk Management and Compliance
  • Management and Leadership
  • Crisis Response
  • Executive Protection
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence and Vulnerabilities

Achievements & Contributions

  • Successful 21-year Air Force career in the special access/cyber career field, retiring at the rank of Lt Colonel.
  • Former member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Regular contributor and speaker in a variety of forums, symposiums, and podcasts
  • Executive Advisor to multiple cybersecurity start-ups
  • Current Board member of two national non-profits
  • Awarded the prestigious National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation.

Certifications & Credentials

  • BS, Management Information Systems - Louisiana Tech University
  • MS, Systems Management - Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California
  • FBI Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Academy
  • Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (ISACA)
  • Advanced Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College

Hobbies & Fun Facts

Dennis enjoys philanthropic activities, traveling both near and far, culinary tours, chasing waterfalls, and relaxing with a good book and a fine bourbon.