Bryan Ware is a highly regarded technology leader and innovator, having started companies, patented technologies, raised venture and private equity, and recently served as the Nation’s lead cybersecurity executive at CISA. Bryan is currently the President of Next5, a boutique technology company, ensuring U.S. leadership in critical and emerging technologies, including AI, quantum, space, bio, and more. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cybersecurity and as an advisor to technology companies and investors.
Prior to founding Next5, Bryan was the first Presidentially appointed Director of Cybersecurity at CISA, leading the one thousand person, $1.25 billion organization through a period of intense volatility and aggressive interference from Nationstate adversaries. At CISA, he developed the agency’s first five year strategy and plan to modernize its sensor and computing infrastructure, transform the way the agency delivers services, and scale the agency to protect U.S. critical infrastructure. Under his leadership, CISA’s operational partnerships with the private sector, national security community, and international partners were significantly enhanced. 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 allies to counter Chinese espionage and unfair business practices.
Bryan is an entrepreneur, founding 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 counterterrorism technologies. He holds a degree in Applied Optics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.