Dr. Tim Summers
CEO of Summers & Company / Founder of WikiBreach / Executive Director of Third Horizon Initiatives within the University Technology Office at Arizona State University
A hacker, professor, author, frequent media commentator, TED speaker, and consulted expert, Dr. Timothy C. Summers is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on cyber security, how hackers think, blockchain, and normal chaos. Timothy is a trusted adviser and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, and governments worldwide. A coder since 10 years old and a hacker since 12, he specializes in using the hacker’s mindset and the normal chaos paradigm to design and implement solutions that are survivable, sustainable, and profitable. Overall, he has been involved in closing over $4 billion USD in business to date.
Hailed as being one of the world’s leading hackers, Dr. Summers is the CEO of Summers & Company, a cyber advisory firm specializing in strategies and training involving cyber security, and blockchain using scholarship and practice techniques to evaluate management decisions to ensure that organizations can deal with a variety of uncertainty. He is the Executive Director of Third Horizon Initiatives within the University Technology Office at Arizona State University. In this role, Timothy serves the enterprise by leading advanced development efforts that invent and launch innovative technologies focused on producing exponential returns. Previously, Timothy was the Executive Director of Cloud and Advanced Network Engineering Services (CANES) where he was responsible for charting ASU’s technology strategy and for leading and executing the University’s critical technology innovations in software defined networking, identity and access management, datacenter management enterprise automation, cloud engineering, cybersecurity, and DevSecOps. Prior to ASU, he was a Lecturer and Director of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Engagement at the University of Maryland College Park. He was also an Executive
Advisor for Booz Allen Hamilton and a Security System Designer for the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community where he designed and developed security solutions for autonomous and futuristic military applications.
Timothy is a visionary, a serial entrepreneur, an inventor, a peer facilitator, and a respected scholarpractitioner – a combination that is more than rare among academics and even more so among cyber security or blockchain consultants. His leadership, insights and the resources afforded by his firm have translated into real value for clients, both commercial and government, from helping organizations prepare for cyber crises that could have cost hundreds of millions in losses to advising foreign governments on the communication
techniques of terrorist groups. He is frequently requested to provide expert commentary by media outlets and academic institutions, both domestic and international, on topics of risk, cyber crises, and blockchain. Dr. Summers has been a featured expert for CNN, Fox Business, CNBC, CCTV, NPR, Harvard University, the Antwerp Management School, and many others. Timothy is also recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award for recognition as one of the top young leaders in his field.
Dr. Summers is a Member of the Advisory Board for the CIP Institute, a non-profit Europe-based organization that brings together scientists and practitioners in the field of crisis. Timothy is a visiting professor at Carthage College, Antwerp Management School, and the University of Maryland College Park.
He carries a Scientiæ Baccalaureus in Computer Science from Elizabeth City State University, Scientiæ Magister in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Management from Case Western Reserve University.