Edward A. Hart

Founder and President, Hart Enterprises, LLC, and former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA)

Edward A. Hart is founder and President of Hart Enterprises, LLC, a highly successful consulting practice serving primarily high technology startups, with additional clients in government and in Fortune’s top 100, and has included SAIC and VeriSign.  He provides both management and technical services, assists clients analyze and refine organizational structures and policies, and assists in developing market penetration strategies.

Throughout his 32-year career with the National Security Agency (NSA), Mr. Hart served in a wide variety of increasingly complex and responsible positions, beginning in research and development and culminating as Deputy Director heading one of two NSA mission operations.  He developed timely and economical solutions for assured security for all classified information systems of the United States government from the President through Diplomatic Missions and Embassies, the National Command Authority, military services, down to the soldier in the field; also, NATO and coalition force structures, and all intelligence community systems. This included routine secure communications support to special operations, and weapons testing.

Mr. Hart was subsequently the managing director of the Center for Information Protection and senior vice president at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) from 1995 until 1997, where he grew a small operation of ten people with $1 million in revenue into a 100+ person staff with revenue in excess of $20 million.  This business unit was later sold for over $50 million.

Prior to joining DSA’s Federal Advisory Board, Mr. Hart served on and/or chaired Advisory Boards for several small companies, including Phoenix Technologies, RSA Security, Digital Signals Corporation, GHG Corporation, SafeOperations, SPYRUS, DPC Technology, Sigaba, and Trusted Computer Solutions.

Mr. Hart is the recipient of many high level awards and recognitions.  He was conferred the Presidential Meritorious Senior Executive, the second highest senior executive recognition in US Government, on behalf of the President of the United States. He also received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the highest recognition within the US Intelligence Community, conferred by the Director of Central Intelligence.  In addition, Mr. Hart was presented the Exceptional Civilian Service Award by the Director of the National Security Agency, the highest recognition of that agency.

Mr. Hart received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics from Furman University, a Master of Arts in Computer Systems and Management Information Systems from the American University, and studied post-graduate mathematics at both American University and the University of Maryland.