Strategic Consulting Firm Helping Companies Thrive

Markets Defined | Strategies Developed | Business Captured | Growth Realized

Strategic Consulting Firm Helping Companies Thrive

Markets Defined | Strategies Developed | Business Captured | Growth Realized

Let’s Grow Your Business!

Strategic Consulting Firm Helping Companies Thrive


Market Analysis & Strategic Due Diligence

  • Market Research
  • Strategic Due Diligence
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Strategy Development

Business Development Skills & Experience

  • Federal Pipeline Development
  • Federal Capture and Proposal
  • Non-Dilutive Research and Development Funding

Markets Served

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Cybersecurity
  • National Security
  • C4ISR

Providing Business Development Solutions Since 2015

Connecting businesses with customers to further your business development goals. We work with commercial companies and federal government contractors, helping them grow their federal government business. We also work for investors performing market research and strategic due diligence for M&A deals, synthesizing large quantities of research into the key elements you need to make decisions.

Cyber BDA’s strength is our experience doing business in the federal government market, combined with a skill set in lifecycle business development. This skillset ranges from market and competitive assessments to pipeline development, capture, and proposal support.

Each engagement is tailored to your specific needs.  If desired, we will assess your capabilities and competitive positioning, work collaboratively with you to develop your strategic vision and goals, design a roadmap to help you reach those goals, and provide business development services along your way to sustainable growth. 

Our Team


Cathy D. Handford

Founder and CEO of Cyber Business Development Associates (Cyber BDA, Inc.).

Cathy has over 35 years of experience working in national security, defense and intelligence. She brings industry knowledge gained providing expert analysis and insight into market strategy, business development processes, capture strategy and proposals for companies operating in the aerospace, defense and intelligence sectors. She has been developing market strategies in the cybersecurity market since 2009.

Cathy has been consulting since 2013 providing R&D, investment, and new business capture strategies in the cybersecurity, biometrics, Intelligence and DoD communities for tier 1 aerospace & defense companies. Previously, Cathy was Sector Director of Cyber Initiatives at Northrop Grumman Corporation where she led whitespace technology initiatives and the development of the company’s domestic and international cybersecurity market strategies.

Cathy is currently a Senior Advisor to the Chertoff Group, working for the Merchant Banking and Federal Strategy practices. Cathy is a Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow and a Six Sigma Black Belt. She has a degree in Mathematics from Randolph-Macon College with honors, and significant graduate studies in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.


V. Patrick Adrounie

Pat has over 40 years in the defense arena, currently specializing in bringing innovative technologies and solutions into the federal government space. He in specializes in obtaining non-dilutive R&D funding for clients and facilitated over $12M in federal funding during the last several years for one client. He identifies and shapes customer requirements, develops and presents briefings, and prepares whitepapers and proposals. Clients have included SecureLogix, Parker Hannifin, The Cleveland Clinic, XRD-i Power, Secure City Solutions, and the UK Ministry of Defense.

Previously, Pat was an executive at Lockheed Martin (LM), responsible for fostering innovation across the corporation. Pat’s other positions at LM include Director Counterinsurgency Programs for LM corporate headquarters, Director of Intelligence Analysis for Special Programs, and Chief Systems Architect for LM Space Company.  Pat also worked as Group Manager for the ISR Center of Excellence at Boeing Phantom Works, and Deputy Business Area Manager at General Dynamics Advanced Tactical Systems. He is a former naval officer, certified Federal Enterprise Architect, and PMP.