Bill Anderson

  • Entrepreneur in Residence, bwtech@UMBC
  • Specialty: Cybersecurity
  • Chief Revenue Officer, DER Security Corp


Dr. Bill Anderson is a distinguished security industry executive renowned for his extensive leadership experience founding, funding, and spearheading the operations of security software companies. Bill’s expertise is in mobile systems, cryptography, data security, and information theory, and widely recognized as a visionary in cybersecurity.

In his most recent role as Vice President of Technology Investments at Allied Minds, Bill adeptly managed a portfolio of information security, quantum, and semiconductor design companies. His executive journey has been enriched by pivotal roles in product management and marketing at both public and private technology firms and as the Vice Chairman of Maryland TEDCO, a $110 million early-stage investment organization.

A prominent expert on security in the mobile ecosystem, Bill has garnered rich expertise in developing and marketing hardware, software, and intellectual property. He was the founder and CEO of Oculis Labs, an innovative data-in-use security firm, which he successfully steered until its acquisition by Optio. At Optio, he first served as Chief Product Officer and then as CEO, overseeing the introduction of a groundbreaking security platform for Android.

Prior to these ventures, Bill served as Vice President of Encryption Products at SafeNet Inc., where he drove OEM networking and mobile product strategy and managed SafeNet’s suite of encryption products. His illustrious career also includes positions in product management and marketing at Aether Systems and Certicom, where he managed highly successful elliptic curve cryptography and communications product lines.

As an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at bwtech, Bill uses his expertise in business strategy, product development, and marketing to help entrepreneurs delineate their business aspirations and devise strategies to realize them. With a keen eye for identifying weaknesses, Bill offers actionable guidance on ways to overcome them and achieve their full potential.

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