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Thomas Phillips

CTO – Founder


Thomas is a polymath, linguist, and computer scientist with over 30 years experience creating computer software in over a dozen programming languages. Thomas has been hacking both offensively and defensively since the late-1980s, and was an organizer for the BSidesCharm security conference held annually in Baltimore, Maryland.

From 1988 to 2013, Thomas worked for the Department of Defense and within the intelligence community. While contracting for the Department of Defense, Thomas founded a center for natural language processing and later went on to manage a large ACAT IA defense program. Thomas has served in both the U.S. Marine Corps as a Russian linguist and in the Army National Guard repairing communications electronics.

On the commercial side, Thomas has worked with companies such as KPMG and McGraw-Hill, as well as founded two video game companies. These companies produced over two dozen products, including displays for museum exhibits, games for scientific associations, and coordinating with researchers at NIH to explore new therapies to treat  traumatic brain injury and Alzheimers.

Thomas has studied Latin, Spanish, French, Russian, and Japanese, and holds a BA in Psychology and an MS in computer information systems. He studied computer science at both the undergrad and graduate levels, has done graduate studies in public administration, and doctoral studies in education. Thomas was born and raised in Texas and now lives in Maryland with wife and their two children.