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Q&A with Graham Hill

Meet the Unusual Suspects

The world has experienced a dramatic shift towards integrating technology into everyday life. Through this rapid adoption, new challenges arise daily for talented cybersecurity professionals to solve. The Unusual Suspects are those who follow a different path—one which may not be so obvious, but has equipped them with the unique knowledge and experience to impact the changing landscape of cybersecurity.


What is your job at Lockheed Martin?

I am the Project Manager for the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) - Defense Computer Forensics Lab focused on deploying new processes and technology into the world’s largest digital forensics lab. Lockheed Martin’s partnership with DC3 is the largest cyber contract in the company. 

At the lab, our primary mission is to provide digital and multimedia forensics examination, analysis, research, development, test and evaluation, information technology and cyber analytical services in support of DoD criminal investigations, as well as supporting federal law enforcement agencies.

The lab has three main sections: major Crimes for criminal exams, counter intelligence for espionage and classified spillage exams and intrusions for malware exams.

How does rapid technology evolution and adoption affect your work?

We have to stay on top of things. In the recent past, a household may have had a couple computers and a home phone.

Now, each individual person typically has a smart phone, a laptop, a gaming system, or even a tablet. The sources for data and the complexity of storing it are expanding, so we need to expand our understanding to stay on top.

Graham Hill, Project Manager, DC3

When did you know that you wanted to end up in cybersecurity?

I knew I wanted to work with computers starting when I was 9 years old and I was soldering additional memory into my parent’s IBM Aptiva with my grandfather. Cybersecurity is something I fell into through career choices.

Every career choice I have made has been wildly different from the last, but a mentor once gave me the advice that you should always be at least a little nervous for your next job or else you aren’t pushing yourself enough.

Graham Hill, Project Manager, DC3

What strategic moves did you make to end up where you are today?

One assignment shifted me into a whole new field—venture capitalism. I had always been fascinated by new technology and startup culture, and a side passion of mine was economics so it was literally a dream job. Using my technical background and experience, I evaluated new startups for potential investment for Lockheed Martin’s Emerging Technology Fund. After it ended, I moved to my position as project manager for the Defense Computer Forensics Lab at DC3.

What is the coolest project you have worked on?

Leading a large project in the forensics lab where we created a new team focused exclusively on mobile devices, which have exponentially taken off as the computer of choice for most day-to-day use and play a large part in our investigations.

Coupling the explosion of use with the increasing diversity of both physical models and the software that runs them created a rapidly moving target that we were always chasing after.

We developed a new model for staying ahead of this wave. This new team was comprised of specialized examiners and a dedicated research and development team to quickly identify new sources of data from mobile devices (both physical and logical) and develop parsers/extraction methods to obtain the data.

As someone who has worked in a variety of fields, are there any myths about cybersecurity which you feel are incorrect?

The idea that all people who work in cyber are introverts is a complete myth. We work in teams and collaborate with a variety of other sources to share information and better prepare for growing threats.

Also, I have seen the stigma that government cybersecurity work is done much slower than commercial work. Cyber is fast paced and real time, no matter the business. Speed is necessary as well as advanced capabilities since our adversaries can dictate how we need to respond.