Additional Info

Job title of nominated professional (or team name)CISO
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)Intelligent Waves, LLC
Company size (employees)100 to 499
CountryUnited States
Headquarters RegionNorth America


Matt Stern is the Chief Information Security Officer responsible not only for the Cybersecurity Line of Business but also for Hypori Virtual Mobility. He also provides his subject matter expertise to support a variety of organizations and customers.

Stern is a retired combat veteran serving 22 years in the U.S. Army. His service culminated with the command of 2d Battalion, 1st Information Operations Command, the Army Computer Emergency Response Team (ACERT), and Regional Computer Emergency Response Teams (RCERTs). This was one of the first units in U.S. Army history dedicated to cyberspace operations.

Stern is an established expert on information technology, network security, information operations, and special information operations. He has focused his career on the military conduct of cyberspace operations, including computer network defense, exploitation, and attack. He has developed his knowledge and expertise through practical experience leading a variety of organizations to include the ACERT, the U.S. military data communication services in Iraq, support to the technical architecture of the U.S. Army’s digitized Armored Corps, and the systems integration for the Land Information Warfare Activity Information Dominance Center. Stern is also a decorated veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Iraqi Freedom.


1. In 2019/2020, Intelligent Waves (IW) was awarded a prime Cybersecurity contract supporting the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) in a contested cyber battlespace with global adversaries posing constant threats to national security through intrusion, data exfiltration, and denial of service attacks.

An example of CISO Stern’s impact on our nation’s cybersecurity can be found at DISA. His company currently provides unclassified and classified mobile devices composed of secure networking and gateway infrastructure that deliver and extend enterprise services (such as email, voice, and video) to mobile devices. Stern is leading IW’s engineers to provide the next generation of mobile communications.

Stern has partnered with DISA and disparate DoD organizations and Commands to provide the DoD with a highly secure virtual smartphone solution that lets users perform business tasks on Government Furnished/approved mobile devices while leaving zero-footprint, guaranteeing 100% separation of personal and corporate data.

2. Solving Secure Communications to Empower Government Teleworkers to Work Remotely

Stern is a leading cyber thought leader in the DISA ecosystem to provide the DoD workforce with secure access to enterprise services anywhere, anytime, to support greater mission effectiveness. As CISO of IW, Stern should be recognized for his pragmatic vision that helped address multiple cybersecurity obstacles that the Government faces.

Matt played a pivotal role in empowering Homeland Security & DISA to optimize Dev/Sec/Ops to accelerate highly-secure Virtual Mobility Solutions deployment. IW is incorporating a new Agile Product solution with Dev/Sec/Ops practices to increase the quality, deploy, and rapidly release capability for the Hypori platform implementation to meet DoD enterprise-level requirements.

3. Stern is a cybersecurity warrior who focuses on defending our national security cyberspace against global adversaries through a Next-Generation Cybersecurity Operational Readiness Platform that empowers sophisticated real-time situational awareness Command-Control for DoD.