CDR Zac Staples - Creator of HACKtheMACHINE

CDR Zac Staples started hacking computers at age nine and then thirteen years later was commissioned as an Ensign to begin his career as a surface warfare officer. He has served aboard the guided missile destroyers USS LABOON and USS O’KANE and the guided missile cruisers USS SOUTH CAROLINA and USS PHILIPPINE SEA. In 2007 he volunteered to serve as an Electronic Warfare Officer in Iraq to protect our forces from radio controlled explosive devices and has since sought to develop tactics and technology in support of advanced electronic warfare. Since 2013 he has served as a Military Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School, and he is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.  He currently serves as Director of the NPS Center for Cyber Warfare (CCW) leading basic and applied research into the technical and organizational capabilities necessary to conduct cyber warfare.


Howard Shrobe, Phd

Howard Shrobe is a Principal Research Scientist at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).  He is a former Associate Director of CSAIL and is the Director of CSAIL’s CyberSecurity@CSAIL initiative.  Dr. Shrobe has served twice as a program manager at DARPA: from 1994 - 1997 he served as Chief Scientist of the Information Technology Office and led the Information Security Initiative; from 2010 - 2013 he served as a program manager in TCTO and then I2O, leading the CRASH and MRC programs.  He received his MS (1975) and PhD (1978) from MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.


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