James Pavur

James Pavur

Hacker, Engineer, Civic Technologist


I’m an engineer, security researcher, and policy wonk. My primary research interests relate to space systems security. I’ve also written a bunch of code, hacked (and defended) some neat systems, and worked to improve technology policy. I believe safe and trustworthy computers can help build a magical future.

  • Space Systems Security
  • Technology Policy
  • Software Engineering
  • Embedded Security
  • DPhil, Computer Science, 2022

    University of Oxford, Rhodes Scholarship

  • Bachelor of Science, Foreign Service, 2016

    Georgetown University


Istari Digital
Principal Engineer
May 2023 – Present Virginia
I served as Lead Engineer for the Security & Infrastructure team in a rapidly growing digital engineering startup. Did a lot of different things as the company rapidly grew, from owning technical aspects of product security to supervising software engineers and developing next-generation systems for building physical things in a digital way.
Defense Digital Service, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Digital Service Expert (GS-15)
January 2022 – April 2023 Washington, DC
I advised senior DOD leadership on diverse technology matters as part of “a SWAT team of nerds” within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
The Corp (_Students of Georgetown Inc._)
Director of Information Security
April 2014 – January 2017 Washington, DC
I oversaw security for an entirely student-run 501(c) non-profit with more than 300 employees and $5 million annual revenues. Prior to taking on the security role, I supervised 17 direct engineering reports as GM of IT (2015-2016) and developed web and mobile applications.
Other Stuff!
January 2013 – January 2017
I’ve done bunch of other fun things in part time jobs and internships. Working a library IT help desk, investigating cyber crimes with the US Postal Service, hacking HVAC controllers, etc.

Selected Press

The Financial Times | John Thornhill
A Global Satellite Blackout is a Real Threat — Can Hackers Help?
Bloomberg: The Big Take (Podcast) | Wes Kosova
How A Satellite Hack Became a Cybersecurity Wakeup Call
The New York Times | Kashmir Hll
Want Your Personal Data? Hand Over More Please.

Consulting & Speaking

I am occasionally available for ad-hoc consulting, teaching, and speaking engagements. If you have a project you think I may be helpful with, feel free to reach out.


    Let me know if you have any questions or want to chat about something!

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