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Bryan S. Ware

As Chief Executive Officer at LookingGlass, Bryan provides guidance, direction, and vision to help the company meet its mission, support its customers, and exceed growth goals.

Bryan is highly regarded as a technology leader and innovator, having started companies, patented technologies, raised venture capital and private equity, and recently served as the Nation’s lead cybersecurity executive at CISA.

Prior to joining LookingGlass, Bryan was the Founder and CEO of Next5, a technology-focused business intelligence company, ensuring US leadership in critical and emerging technologies including AI, quantum, space, bio, and more.

Bryan served as the first presidentially appointed Assistant Director of Cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), leading the 1,000-person, $1.25 billion organization through a period of intense volatility and aggressive interference from nation-state adversaries. At CISA, he developed the agency’s first five-year strategy to modernize its sensor and computing infrastructure, transform the way the agency delivers services, and scale to protect U.S. critical infrastructure. Prior to his operational role at CISA, Bryan was an Assistant Secretary at DHS, serving as the Secretary’s advisor on cybersecurity and emerging technology matters, and leading strategic initiatives across the U.S. government and its allies.

Bryan co-founded an artificial intelligence company in 1998, which he led as CEO through multiple rounds of venture capital investment until it was acquired in 2013 by Haystax. After serving as CTO of Haystax for several years, during which he helped the company acquire leading cloud technology and cybersecurity companies, Bryan took over as CEO of Haystax in 2016 until its acquisition in 2018. Bryan started his professional career at leading defense contractors working on advanced technology programs like the Star Wars program, early UAV payloads, and immersive simulations. He holds a degree in Applied Optics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

He also currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cybersecurity and as an advisor to technology companies and investors.