Neya Systems Bolsters Cybersecurity Team with Addition of Industry Experts 

New Team Combines 40+ Years of Industry Experience to Develop Cybersecurity for Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Neya Systems has announced the expansion of its cybersecurity team with the addition of three highly skilled professionals who bring a wealth of industry expertise to the company.  

As Neya continues to break ground in off-road autonomy, these team members will play a pivotal role in the development of autonomous, intelligent cyber defense for autonomous ground vehicles. 

“The skills and backgrounds of these exceptional industry experts will undoubtably contribute to the innovation of cutting-edge cyber security technologies for autonomous ground vehicles,” said Kurt Bruck, division manager of Neya Systems. “By using its combined skillset to develop fully functional cyber autonomy, this team is working together to develop managed Zero Trust protections, real-time threat detection and automated response during the complete vehicle mission.” 

The team members are: 

  • Joseph Hladik, cyber group lead, has 20 years of experience designing, engineering, and implementing various types of cybersecurity measures. In a previous role, Hladik was a regional manager at Mandiant, leading a team of consultants providing critical security services to Fortune 500, federal, and non-governmental organization (NGO) clients. In addition, he was a founding member of Mandiant’s Hunting Team, where he employed experimental data science techniques to discover malicious activity beyond the limitations of signature-based detection. He is a member of the National Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence, and Diplomacy. 
  • Adam Wawrow, senior research scientist, joins Neya with a decade of cybersecurity expertise at Mandiant and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). His expertise includes incident response, threat hunting, detection engineering, forensic investigations, and program management. He also has experience researching threat detection strategies that leverage behavioral anomalies and machine learning. Wawrow, who earned his Certified Information Systems Security Professional  (CISSP) certification in 2013, possesses a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in information assurance. 
  • Matthew McKee, research scientist, comes to Neya with experience and knowledge obtained from both the public and private sectors, combining more than a decade in the cyber industry with a master’s degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. McKee has held prior roles with cybersecurity providers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in concert with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He specializes in all areas of cyber threats and has a personal interest in threat detection engineering and threat hunting. Prior to working in cybersecurity, McKee served in law enforcement and is a U.S. Army veteran. 

“We are thrilled to welcome these three industry professionals to our team,” Bruck added. “With this expansion, Neya Systems furthers its commitment to providing innovative autonomy solutions that enhance the safety and security of military missions.” 



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