Ryan Hammond

Chief Engineer, Mission Defense, Missile & Weapon Systems, Boeing Research and Technology

Ryan Hammond is the Chief Engineer of Mission Defense for Boeing’s Missile & Weapon Systems division. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership and ensuring quality of cyber security, nuclear surety, system safety, and program protection on weapon platforms. He is also responsible for cyber security technical strategy across Boeing Defense to create new capabilities for platforms and open new business opportunities. Ryan is passionate about helping Boeing become a leader in developing new and innovative cyber capabilities for our platforms that give Boeing incontestable advantages over competitors. Prior to this, Ryan was the Chief Scientist of Cyber Security R&D in Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T). In this role, he was responsible for driving operational excellence through planning and execution of cyber security research projects, development and writing of research proposals, establishing customer relationships (internal and external to the company), and setting the vision for how cyber security will protect Boeing products in the second century. Ryan joined Boeing through BR&T in Seattle, WA as a software engineer focusing on embedded cyber security products to withstand nation-state attacks. He led numerous research projects for BR&T in the domain of cyber security, including developing security related avionics devices, and was the technical point of contact between Boeing and the Government agencies involved in certification efforts. One notable device was awarded a Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 5+ certification, a first for The Boeing Company. To this date, this device is the most secure operating system kernel ever analyzed by the National Security Agency. Ryan is a recipient of numerous Boeing awards, and is an author and recipient of multiple patents. Ryan also leads collaborative research with four Universities (MIT, CMU, UIUC, ISU). He is a member of the External Advisory Board for ISU College of Engineering and an Advisory Board member at MIT CSAIL. Ryan holds a MBA degree at University of Washington Foster School of Business and a M.S. degree in Computer Science/Information Assurance from Iowa State University. Before joining Boeing, Ryan began his career at the National Security Agency (NSA). While at the NSA, Ryan was a security engineer analyzing military systems for cyber vulnerabilities, many of which were developed by Boeing.