Bob Ayers is currently the Director for Critical Infrastructure Defense with a major IT company based in the United Kingdom. Previously, Bob worked for 29 years with the U.S. Department of Defense. His principal IT security assignments were with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) where he served as the Chief of the DoD Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS). During this assignment, Bob developed and implemented new methodologies to ensure the security of over 40,000 computers processing highly classified intelligence information. Bob also founded the DoD computer emergency response capability, known as the Automated Systems Security Incident Support Team (ASSIST). Noticed for his work in DoDIIS, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence) selected Bob to create and manage a 155-person, $100-million-per-year DoD-wide program to improve all aspects of DoD IT security. Prior to leaving government service, Bob was the director of the U.S. DoD Defensive Information Warfare program.