Matthew G. Devost

Matthew Devost is a technologist, entrepreneur, and international security expert specializing in
cybersecurity, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, and risk management
Mr. Devost is currently a Managing Director at Accenture where he leads the Global Cyber Defense
practice responsible for Accenture’s cloud, mobile, infrastructure, network, endpoint, incident
response, threat intelligence, threat hunting, vulnerability management, IOT/IIOT, and red teaming
offerings. Mr. Devost joined Accenture following their acquisition of the global cybersecurity
consultancy FusionX LLC where he has served as President & CEO since 2010. As a Founder of
FusionX, Mr. Devost helps an international clientele identify and manage dynamic threats in
complex operational environments.
Mr. Devost was an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University for fourteen years teaching the
flagship graduate course entitled “Information Warfare and Security”, and is a Founding Director of
the Cyberconflict Studies Association. Mr. Devost is also on the Black Hat advisory board, helping
to shape the agenda for a series of world-class information security conferences. Mr. Devost was
also appointed as a special government advisor to counsel the U.S. Department of Defense
leadership on a variety of security issues from 2010-2013. He is also on the Advisory Board for the
D.C.-based non-profit, MissionLink, which has helped over 100 early stage companies identify
mission and market requirements and is a Mentor at the Virginia cybersecurity accelerator Mach37.
Previously, Mr. Devost served as the Chief Operations Officer for iSIGHT Partners, a global risk
identification and mitigation company, where he managed a full-time staff of 80 personnel with
offices in Dallas, Washington DC, China, India, Europe, and South America. Mr. Devost was
responsible for all business operations including directly managing iSIGHT’s global threat
intelligence, vulnerability, and assessment practices.
Mr. Devost was a founder of the Terrorism Research Center, Inc. (TRC) in 1996, where he served
as President and CEO until November 2008. As founder and President, Mr. Devost oversaw all
research, analysis, intelligence, assessment, and training programs including the development of the
renowned “Mirror Image” training program, the Responder Knowledge Base, and the Terrorism
Early Warning Group program which established local intel fusion centers in 56 high-threat U.S.
cities. In addition to his duties as President, Mr. Devost also provided strategic consulting services
to select international governments and corporations on issues of counter-terrorism, intelligence,
information warfare and security, critical infrastructure protection, and homeland security.
In 2006, Erik Prince’s E.P. Investments acquired TRC and in 2007 Mr. Devost became the
President of Total Intelligence Solutions, LLC (TIS) and directly managed three subsidiary
companies including TRC. Mr. Devost also co-founded and served as Executive Director of
Technical Defense, Inc., a highly specialized information security consultancy.
Previously, Mr. Devost was the Director of Operations for Professional Services at Counterpane
Internet Security. At Counterpane, Mr. Devost led a team of technical information security
consultants providing vulnerability assessments and information security consulting services to
international corporations and governments. Mr. Devost had performed the same function as
Director of Operations for Security Design International, Inc, which was acquired by Counterpane
Internet Security.
Mr. Devost has been researching the impact of information technology on national security since
1993. Prior to joining SDII, he was a founding employee and Director of Intelligence Analysis for
Infrastructure Defense (iDefense), where he led an analytical team identifying infrastructure threats,
vulnerabilities and incidents for Fortune 500 and government clients including Microsoft and
As a Senior INFOSEC Engineer at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Mr.
Devost provided support on Information Operations and its related subsets to the Department of
Defense Community to include the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Joint Staff and
unified Commands, the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Manager - National Communication System, and
numerous other defense, intelligence, and law enforcement entities. Mr. Devost also developed and
directed the first Coalition Vulnerability Assessment Team (CVAT), which conducted vulnerability
assessments of coalition-classified networks during military exercises.
Mr. Devost has also worked for the United States Customs Service and as a graduate fellow at the
University of Vermont. As a graduate fellow, he conducted research on national security and
information warfare that culminated into a widely published thesis entitled "National Security in the
Information Age."
Mr. Devost has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, NPR, CBS News, BBC television, NWCN,
Australian television and dozens other domestic and international radio and television programs as
an expert on terrorism and cybersecurity and has lectured or published for the National Defense
University, the United States Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities, the Swedish,
Australian, Japanese, and New Zealand governments, Georgetown University, American University,
George Washington University, and a number of popular press books - magazines, academic
journals and over 200 international conferences.
Mr. Devost has co-written or authored chapters for several books including Counterterrorism:
Bridging Operations and Theory, Cyberadversary Characterization, Addressing Cyber Instability,
Threats in the Age of Obama, Information Warfare Vol. 2, Sun Tzu Art of War in Information
Warfare, and was the technical editor for Hacking a Terror Network and best selling author David
Ignatius’ book The Director. He also served as an advisor to the Michael Mann movie Blackhat.
In 2004, Mr. Devost was appointed to the Defense Science Board Task Force on Critical Homeland
Infrastructure Protection to provide advice to the Department of Defense and Department of
Homeland Security. Mr. Devost served as a Senior Advisor to the Airline Pilots Association
National Security Committee and is an adjunct member of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early
Warning Group.
Mr. Devost holds a B.A. degree from St. Michael's College and a Master of Arts Degree in Political
Science from the University of Vermont.