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Branson is a 27-year veteran of system architecture, administration and security. He started as a cryptologist for the US Navy and has since worked on NASA shuttle projects, TSA security and monitoring systems, and Internet search engines. He has also run his own company while continuing to support many open source projects. He is currently the CIO for Silent Circle, a privacy and security organization behind the Blackphone. Branson has his CEH, GSEC, GCIH, and several other credentials; and generally likes to spend time responding to the statement "I bet you can't."