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Michael Ruiz

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  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2PublicationsNumber of items in Michael's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
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Michael Ruiz is the CTO for Net Enabled Operations group within Deloitte Consulting’s DoD practice. In this role, Mr. Ruiz provides executive consultative services to federal government executive, most recently to the CIO Defense Threat Reduction Agency, CTO of Federal Medical Health Services and the CTO US Air Force Electronic System Command. Mr. Ruiz leads several internal research and development projects geared towards Information Sharing, Enterprise Governance, and Cyber Security & Operations. Recently Mr. Ruiz completed a chapter titled “A Military Doctrinal Perspective on Cyber Command and Control” that will be included in IGI Global’s reference book “Situational Awareness for Computer Network Defense”. In addition, Mr. Ruiz’ is currently pursuing a PhD in Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research in cyber analytic methods focuses on emergent computation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning for predicting cyber threats (specifically malware exploits). Mr. Ruiz began his career consulting, as a Senior Manager BearingPoint’s Public Service Group (now Deloitte Federal Services) providing subject matter expertise in the areas of Service Oriented Architecture and Information Sharing both internally to the company’s senior leaders and externally to federal government senior executives within the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. He served as the Chief Architect for the Department of National Intelligence CIO on IT Services contract, Enterprise Architect for the National Counter Terrorism Center’s Railhead project and as special advisor to JFCOM CIO for SOA transformation. Prior to his tenure at Deloitte Consulting, Mr. Ruiz was a Director of Strategy and Planning for a Tier 1 Military Systems Integrator. Mr. Ruiz led the development of a strategy to position the Net-Centric Horizontal Integration Division in a multi-billion dollar technologically-based channel to market. In this role, Mr. Ruiz led several multi-million dollar internal research and development projects in the area of Net-Centricity (SOA for DoD), Secure Wireless Communication, and Federated Identity Management. Prior to serving as the Director of Strategy and Planning, Mr. Ruiz also served as the Chief Technologist for Net-Centric Horizontal Integration Division, Chief Engineer for the Collaborative Center or Excellence, and Chief Architect on the Trusted Wisdom / Horizontal Fusion project for Directorate of HUMINT at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Mr. Ruiz’ first position after his military service was as a contractor for the U.S. Pacific Air Force on the TBMCS-UL project. His successes, as the security architect and software engineer, on that project secured him a promotion, as Deputy Director of Technical Integration for DARPA’s Terrorism Information Awareness project. In this role Mr. Ruiz led a team made up of academics, as well as systems, network, and software engineers, in technology experiments that led to the development of operational systems, based on cutting edge technology from academia, used in the execution of the Global War on Terror. While on active duty, he supported both DoD and the Intelligence Community, first as an US Army trained Intelligence Analyst and secondly as a university trained computer scientist. While on active duty, Mr. Ruiz held positions of increasing responsibility culminating as the Project Manager on the SIGINT Support Database and Technical Lead on the KRSOC Web-enablement Task force. Mr. Ruiz has more than twenty years of IT experience consisting of the U.S. military, private industry, and academic experience. Mr. Ruiz is a founding member of the OASIS Technical Committee for the SOA Reference Model, and he is a regular speaker at the Open Group’s SOA Forum and Security Forum, as well as a guest speaker at numerous industry conferences listed below: AITP Panel on “The Future of Mobile Technology for Commerce”, Richmond, VA (2011) The Open Group Conference “Cyber Command and Control: A Military Doctrinal Perspective on Collaborative Situational Awareness for Decision Making”, San Diego, CA (2011) University of Richmond: “Panel on Future Trends in Technology”; Richmond, VA (2009) AFCEA InfoTech: Presented “Next Generation SOA” and “Cyber Security Doctrine”; Dayton, OH (2009) Oracle Federal Forum: “Panel on SOA BPM in the Federal Space”; Washington, DC (2009) Defense Systems Symposium: “Panel on Cyber Security” Virginia Beach, VA (2009) Association for Information Technology Professionals: “Cyber Security Panel”; Richmond, VA (2009) 8th Annual eGov SOA Conference: “Panel on the SOA Governance Panel”; McLean, VA (2009) Air Force Information Technology Conference 2009: “Cyber Security and Operations”; Montgomery, AL (2009) Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence Cyber Warfare Conference: “Cyber Command and Control: A Current Concept for Future Doctrine” accepted for presentation Tallinn, Estonia (2009) The Workflow Management Coalition Conference: Presented “BPM in Mission / Operations Use”; Reston, VA (2009) AEFI DoD Enterprise Architecture Conference, Executive Roundtable Panelist, Orlando, FL (2008) AEFI DoD Enterprise Architecture Conference, Web 2.0 Panel Moderator, Orlando, FL (2008) Presenter and Panelist on the State or Art in SOA to the Edge at the Open Group Conference in Washington, DC (2006) Invited presenter SOA to Edge within the DoD at the Open Group Conference in Madrid, Spain (2006) Presented the State of the OASIS SOA-RM TC at Open Group Conference in Houston, TX (2005)

Recent publications

  • Cyber Command and Control : A Military Doctrinal Perspective on Collaborative Situation Awareness for Decision Making

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    • Redmond R
  • Cyber Command and Control Foglifter

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Professional experience

Affiliated Faculty

Virginia Commonwealth University

June 2010 - Present

CTO, Net-Enabled Operations

Deloitte Consulting LLP.

May 2009 - Present

CTO, Net-Enabled Operations


March 2006 - May 2009(3 years)


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