Eric R. Stride, a 15-year veteran leader in information security, including 12 years in the U.S. Air Force and at the National Security Agency (NSA), serves as the Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies at cybersecurity firm root9B. His group is responsible for research and development of new capabilities and products. 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 US 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 alumnus 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 co-authored the Air Force’s first weapons & tactics manual addressing offensive cyber operations, and was the U.S. Air Force’s first-ever Numbered-Air-Force level offensive cyber evaluator. Mr. Stride continues to serve as a reserve cyber warfare officer supporting US Cyber Command. 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.