Gregory Falco has been at the forefront of space system and critical infrastructure security in both industry and academia for the past decade. He is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Assured Autonomy and the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering. He is the director of the Aerospace ADVERSARY (Autonomy, Defense and Vulnerability Exploitation for Resilient, Secure and Assured Risk/Yield) Lab at Johns Hopkins. The ADVERSARY Lab designs and develops future aerospace technology enabling secure, resilient and assured autonomous space infrastructure operations. His research paper titled “Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems” was highly influential in the development of the US government’s Space Policy Directive-5, which shared the same title.
Gregory was the former co-founder and CEO of the blockchain-based industrial control security company NeuroMesh Inc., which was acquired in 2022. He has appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for his inventions and contributions to critical infrastructure cybersecurity, is a Fulbright Scholar, was named a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Riser and received DARPA’s Young Faculty Award for work on building a zero-trust marketplace ecosystem for space systems. Gregory serves as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Space Systems Critical Infrastructure Working Group and has been awarded contracts related to space system security for the Air Force Research Laboratory, US Space Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and DARPA. He is also a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Gregory completed his Ph.D. at MIT, his master’s degree at Columbia University and his bachelor’s degree at Cornell University.