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Gregory Falco
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University, USA

Gregory Falco is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering and the Institute for Assured Autonomy, where he holds an appointment at the Applied Physics Laboratory in the Asymmetric Operations Sector. He is also a member of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering. He is the Director of the Aerospace ADVERSARY (Autonomy, Defense and Vulnerability Exploitation for Resilient, Secure and Assured Risk/Yield) Lab. The ADVERSARY designs and develops autonomous, resilient and secure space infrastructure. He is leading the effort to develop an international technical standard for space cybersecurity as the chair of the IEEE Standard for Space System Cybersecurity working group. His research entitled Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems was highly influential in the development of Space Policy Directive-5, which shared the same title. Falco was the former co-founder and CEO of the blockchain-based industrial control security company NeuroMesh Inc., which was acquired in 2022. He has been listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for his inventions and contributions to critical infrastructure cyber security, is a Fulbright Scholar and is the recipient of the DARPA RISER and DARPA’s Young Faculty Award for work on building a zero-trust marketplace ecosystem for space systems. Prof. Falco serves as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Space Systems Critical Infrastructure Working Group and has been awarded contracts relating to space system security for AFRL, US Space Force, NASA and DARPA. He holds an appointment as a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Falco completed his PhD at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Master’s degree at Columbia University and Bachelor’s degree at Cornell University.