Phil Lacombe founded Cyber-CIP LLC in January 2016 to provide strategic consulting in cyber security with a specific focus on protecting critical infrastructure. Cyber-CIP takes advantage of Phil’s more than 20 years of experience leading very successful cyber security and converged security businesses in large government contractors. Having been on both sides of acquisitions small and large, plus having co-founded, led and exited a very successful cyber security company, he also provides M&A counsel and assistance.
He also was appointed a Senior Advisor with the Chertoff Group in January 2016 to focus on critical infrastructure protection and cyber security.
Phil Lacombe was a co-founder of Secure Mission Solutions in April 2008 and served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the integrated security company providing electronic and cyber security solutions for federal customers. SMS grew to more than 500 engineers and professionals providing cyber security and security systems for defense, intelligence and civilian agencies. In April 2014, Parsons Corporation acquired Secure Mission Solutions with Phil continuing as President of SMS, a wholly owned subsidiary, until his departure in January 2016.
Previously, he was Executive Vice President of the Olive Group, an international security company with extensive operations in the Middle East, from January 2007 – February 2008. At Olive, Mr. Lacombe focused on growth and development of the corporation’s integrated security capabilities worldwide, and led strategic development across Olive.
Before joining Olive, he was a Senior Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the General Manager of the Integrated Security and Systems Solutions Business Unit (IS3). The business unit provided all aspects of security for Federal, State/Local and commercial customers across the nation and overseas including the Department of Defense, the City of New York and various financial institutions.
Prior to SAIC, Mr. Lacombe was a Vice President of General Dynamics leading an integrated security business line that provided physical and cyber security programs for US Intelligence and Defense Agencies. He joined GD as a result of GD’s acquisition of the Veridian Corporation where he had served since February 1998 as the President of the Information and Infrastructure Protection (IIP) Sector and corporate Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives.
Before joining Veridian, Mr. Lacombe was the Director of the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP) from September 1996 to February 1998. The PCCIP was charged by the President with determining whether the nation’s critical infrastructures were at risk from physical and cyber attack, and developing a strategy for protecting the critical infrastructure. The Commission’s recommendations were codified and implemented in Presidential Decision Directives.
One of those directives, Presidential Decision Directive 63, called for the creation of Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) in each critical infrastructure sector to facilitate sharing of threat, vulnerability and incident information among private and public sector members. Mr. Lacombe was a founder of the Information Technology Sector ISAC (IT-ISAC), serving on its Board of Directors and being elected President in 2004.
From July 1994 through August 1995, Mr. Lacombe was the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Congressionally-mandated Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces. He participated in drafting the Commission’s report proposing changes in the US military establishment to accommodate the asymmetric threat environment emerging at the end of the Cold War.
Mr Lacombe led the Aerospace Education Foundation, a not-for- profit arm of the Air Force Association, from January 1994 through January 1998. The Foundation operated several programs aimed at advancing understanding of the role of aerospace capability for the nation and expanding scientific and technical education throughout the US.
In January 1994, Mr. Lacombe retired with twenty years service as a colonel in the US Air Force. His military career included service as a Speechwriter for the Secretary of Defense, a press officer for Allied Air Forces Central Europe, leadership of a joint information bureau in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and Director of Public Affairs for the US and Air Force Space Commands. While seconded to the National Drug Policy Board under the Attorney General in 1987 – 1988, he led the team drafting the first national counter narcotics strategy.
He is a graduate of the National War College, Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officers School. He has a Master's Degree from the University of North Carolina and a BA from the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Lacombe also attended various professional development programs including the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminar and the Center for Creative Leadership.
Mr. Lacombe has served and continues to serve on a number of public and private sector boards. Recently he completed four years as Chairman of the Board of the Security Analysis and Risk Management Association.