Adam Wick

Principal Scientist, Mobile Security & Systems Software

My projects vary, but are all based on a simple premise: I want to use Galois’ expertise in systems software to help our clients build practical, trustworthy systems. While I have worked at all levels of the software stack, the majority of my experience is at the systems level: building boot loaders, device drivers, network stacks, embedded systems, and operating system architectures. However, my passion is figuring out how to design systems so that they provide next-generation features while maintaining their critical security and robustness guarantees.


For the last several years, Dr. Wick has led the mobile security and systems software program at Galois. In that capacity, he works all aspects of the project spectrum: from business development and project inception to final delivery to the client. While he has worked at all levels of the software stack, most recently Adam has specialized in systems software: device drivers, embedded control systems, and other core operating system components.

Of particular interest, Dr. Wick led Galois’ participation in the development of a prototype secure, multi-level mobile device for the United States Marine Corps. Galois’ goals during this effort were to develop components for securing data on storage devices (Secure Data At Rest, or DAR), for securing data as it travels the network (Secure Data In Transit, or DIT), and for providing a secure root of trust. This later work transition into a wider investigation of software roots of trust for mobile devices, performed with the Department of Homeland Security.

In addition, Dr. Wick has previously led projects in mobile device security, secure operating system design and implementation, virtual private networks, corporate network defense, and wireless systems. As part of the DARPA Cyber Fast Track program, he developed CyberChaff and Ditto: two mechanisms for confusing and delaying attackers attempting to penetrate a network. More recently, he has been investigating fault detection, robust fault recovery, and counterdeception in unmanned vehicles.

Dr. Wick received a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2000 and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 2006. He has been working as a staff engineer, senior project manager, and research lead at Galois since 2006.