An entrepreneur and pioneer in Web security, Matt Donlon is a creative problem solver in the dynamic fields of security and computers. Currently, Donlon is founder of UZURV, a reservation services app and a transportation network company, like Uber and Lyft, for people with disabilities and special needs.
Donlon spent 14 years of his early career working in a variety of security capacities, including TRW, Inc., and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was the Security Official in charge for the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology at NASA. As the program security officer for the Department of Navy, Donlon supported highly classified R&D programs of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He later became the director of DARPA’s Security and Intelligence Office. While at DARPA, Donlon developed a highly secure communication and collaboration SAS platform. In 1998, he took the prototype to Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI/CMU), the home of CERT, to test red team and mature the technology.
In 2000, Donlon left SEI/CMU to start his own company, ESP Group, LLC. He very successfully led a team that built a highly secure portal software for the national security community. Clients included the departments of Energy, Justice and Homeland Security, NASA, Department of Defense, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Office of Personnel Management, as well as pharmaceutical and clinical trial companies. Six years later, Donlon led ESP Group through a successful acquisition by NC4, solidifying NC4's leading position in real-time, 24/7 situational awareness and crisis management.
Following the ESP group acquisition, Donlon continued his entrepreneurial pursuits, including UZURV, as well as investments in promising new businesses.
Throughout his extensive career, Donlon has received many awards for his innovations and contributions to the security profession. He has been awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the Exceptional Service Medal from the Department of Defense. He is a visiting scientist at SEI-CMU, a center that works with defense, government, industry and academic institutions to improve software systems.
He is a graduate of Radford University, with a B.S. in Criminal Justice & Political Science.