Executives

Rick Gutierrez

President and CEO

Rick Gutierrez has over 25 years of experience in the Intelligence Community. Long before Mystek Systems, Inc., he was spawned from a forward deployed mission environment, whose classified organization had one mission statement – Information to the Warfighter – Anywhere! Anytime! He implemented turnkey operational satellite communication-based end-to-end solutions to OCONUS military assets. He is known for employing unorthodox solutions to difficult problems to enable mission success.

Mr. Gutierrez is now the President / CEO of Mystek Systems, but has carried the mission passion to the Intelligence Community HQs operations and is known for high performance in specialized niche areas. His knowledge and expertise spans a wide breadth of competencies. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993, with an emphasis one systems engineering and robotics. He subsequently earned his M.S. in Telecommunications, with an emphasis in Architectures and Network Enterprise Optimization. He also specialized in high-frequency Satellite Communications. Since then, he has acquired his ITIL V2 Master and V3 Expert certification, and has focused on IT Enterprise Management, Network Management, ITIL Service Management, Cloud Computing and Cyber Security.

Mr. Gutierrez is also a member of Mensa.

Dave Jacobs

Vice President, Cyber and Information Assurance

Dave Jacobs has over 15 Years of team leadership and solutions engineering subject matter expertise within the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. He is a specialist in analyzing a variety of Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues, developing and implementing solutions.

Mr. Jacobs’ competencies include expertise in Secure and Available Mission Assurance, Computer Network Defense, Vulnerability Management, Comprehensive Network Situational Awareness and Enterprise Information Assurance. He also retains several certifications to include CISSP, CCNA, CCNP, Firewalls Expert and TCP/IP Expert.

Robert Crain

Vice President, Cloud Computing and Application Migration

Bob Crain is a cloud computing and network subject-matter expert. As Lead Architect for an Intelligence Community Agency migrating to Amazon’s Commercial Cloud Services (C2S), he created and implemented NRO’s C2S architecture for development, test, and production environments with the ability to securely extend agency networks into the cloud. He designed and prototyped high-availability, auto-scaling controlled interfaces within C2S to securely proxy web services requests within the cloud environment. He engineered and implemented automated ingest, querying, and reporting of detailed billing data from C2S allowing senior management visibility into cloud utilization and expenditures at all levels. He designed and implemented the Data Integration Delivery Service, a high-availability data warehousing and reporting system able to ingest data from a multitude of sources, fuse information, and output various graphical, textual, and geospatial formats.

Mr. Crain’s expertise and experience also includes ITIL Service Management, Enterprise Service Management, Service Level Management, Service Catalog Design and Deployment and IT Process Engineering.

Bradley Stepp

Director, Counterintelligence and Special Services

Mr. Stepp has over 17 Years of experience within the IC, DoJ, and DoD.  As a Team Leader, Subject Matter Expert, and Special Agent, he focused on developing and managing special programs and policy reform in Cybersecurity, Insider Threat, Counterintelligence, Fraud Investigations, and Acquisitions & Budgeting (CBJB). He is responsible for leading and supporting national Counterintelligence efforts to address risks from malicious intelligence collectors or attacks by foreign adversaries within the US Government, Private Sector, and Cybersecurity community.

His experience on national-level programs span a wide variety of proactive threat focused initiatives protecting DoD and Space Systems, to include his time serving as a SME on the National Insider Threat Task Force and on the National Cyber Investigative Task Force, where his efforts were instrumental in standing up what will become the first National Space-Cyber Center.  Mr. Stepp’s focus is driving tailored solutions designed to incorporate holistic mission integration across programs, agencies, and the National Defense community.

Audie Hittle

Chief Innovation Officer and Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Mr. Audie Hittle, CISSP, brings senior executive experience,  with a focus on accelerating the application of technology, to address customer needs in everything he does.  From his current work as Mystek Systems Chief Innovation Officer and Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert (SME), through recent roles as Chief Cybersecurity Innovation Officer for an 1100-person firm and as a Chief Technology Officer in two Fortune 500 companies, Audie’s insights and perspective on business and technology have helped organizations solve problems and meet mission and business objectives.

His executive leadership spans more than 15 years of start-up through F500 ventures, plus a 22-year U.S. military space and C4ISR career from requirements management through RDT&E acquisition and system deployment, national award-winning government-industry collaboration, and technical staff experience at the world-renowned MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Audie has led culture and business practice changes within industry and government organizations, as well as cyber workforce and business development efforts.   His success stems from his focus on understanding the perspectives of key stakeholders to deliver innovative solutions that enhance customer capabilities.  Audie has three engineering degrees including a Joint Business Management-Engineering Master’s from MIT.  He is also an ISC2-certified cybersecurity professional (CISSP) and a Level III (top-level) DAU-certified systems engineering and acquisition program manager.