Summit Speakers

Lt Col Patrick Hilgendorf

Senior Information Security Manager
US Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Hilgendorf is transitioning to civilian life after an awesome 20-year military career. He currently serves at the Pentagon as Senior Information Security Manager for the US Air Force where he leads cybersecurity strategy and policy initiatives supporting 660,000 personnel across the globe and an IT portfolio valued at $17 billion.
Prior to his current assignment, Patrick led 361 Airmen delivering command, control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support for counter-terrorism operations in Africa and ballistic missile defense in Europe. He also served at Joint Special Operations Command where he jumped out of perfectly good airplanes and deployed innovative airborne full motion video solutions across Iraq and Afghanistan.
Patrick earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!!!), M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University, CISSP Certificate, and GIAC Certified Incident Handler Certificate. Patrick and his wife April are excited to trade Washington DC area traffic jams for Gulf Coast living.

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