- James Butler
- Matt Devost
- Mark Dowd
- Chris Eagle
- Trey Ford
- Jeremiah Grossman
- Nathan Hamiel
- Robert Hansen
- Christofer Hoff
- Vincenzo Iozzo
- Felix Lindner
- Ping Look
- Jeff Moss
- Shawn Moyer
- Chris Rohlf
- Adam Shostack
- Alex Sotirov
- Alex Stamos
- Robert Stratton
- Yuji Ukai
- Alex Wheeler
- Chris Wysopal
- Stefano Zanero
James Butler is a highly respected member of the information security community with fourteen years of experience in operating system security. He is a recognized leader in attack and detection techniques and has focused in recent years on memory analysis research.
Jamie is the Director of Research and Development at MANDIANT and formerly led its Endpoint Security Team on its enterprise product MANDIANT Intelligent Response®. Prior to joining MANDIANT, Jamie was the Chief Technology Officer of Komoku, Inc. and Director of Engineering at HBGary. His experience also includes Host Intrusion Detection Systems (HIDS) development at Enterasys Networks and over five years of experience at the National Security Agency.
Jamie is the co-author of the bestseller, Rootkits: Subverting the Windows Kernel. (Addison-Wesley, 2005). In addition, he has authored numerous articles for publication and is a frequent speaker at the foremost computer security conferences. He is the co-author and instructor of the popular security courses Advanced Memory Forensics in Incident Response, Advanced 2nd Generation Digital Weaponry, and Offensive Aspects of Rootkit Technology. Jamie's unique knowledge of Windows' internal structures resulted in the free, cutting edge memory analysis tool Memoryze, which he co-authored with Peter Silberman. Jamie holds a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University.
Matt Devost is a technologist, entrepreneur, and international security expert specializing in counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, risk management and cybersecurity issues.
Currently, Mr. Devost is President & CEO of FusionX, LLC, a cybersecurity consultancy that helps international corporations identify and manage dynamic threats in complex operational environments. Additionally, Mr. Devost has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University since 2002 where he teaches a graduate course on Information Warfare and security, and is a Founding Director of the Cyberconflict Studies Association. Mr. Devost founded the Terrorism Research Center, Inc. (TRC) in 1996, where he served as President and CEO until November 2008. As founder and President, Mr. Devost oversaw all research, analysis, intelligence, assessment, and training programs. Previously, Mr. Devost held leadership positions at iSIGHT Partners, Technical Defense, Security Design International, iDEFENSE and SAIC. Mr. Devost has been a speaker at hundreds of international conferences and a contributor/author to several books on terrorism and information security.
Mark Dowd is an expert in application security, specializing primarily in host and server based Operating Systems. He is currently the director of Azimuth Security, a botique security company he founded that specializes in code review and cutting edge security research. Prior to starting Azimuth, his professional experience includes several years as a senior researcher at a fortune 500 company, where he uncovered a variety of major vulnerabilities in ubiquitous Internet software. He also worked as a Principal Security Architect for McAfee, where he was responsible for internal code audits, secure programming classes, and undertaking new security initiatives. Mark has also co-authored a book on the subject of application security named "The Art of Software Security Assessment," and has spoken at several industry-recognized conferences.
Chris Eagle is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA. A computer engineer/scientist for 28+ years, his research interests include computer network operations, forensics and reverse engineering. He has been a speaker at conferences such as Black Hat, Defcon, Infiltrate, and Shmoocon and is the author of "The IDA Pro Book", the definitive guide to IDA Pro. A former winner of the Defcon Capture the Flag Competition, he is currently working with DARPA to build their Cyber Grand Challenge competition.
Trey Ford is the Global Security Strategist at Rapid7 where he serves as a customer resource, industry and community advocate. Over the last 15 years, Trey ran Black Hat events worldwide as General Manager, and served functions ranging from incident response, product management, PCI QSA and security engineer for a variety for industry leaders including Zynga, McAfee, FishNet Security and WhiteHat Security.
Jeremiah Grossman founded WhiteHat Security in August 2001 and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer, where he is responsible for Web security R&D and industry outreach. Over the last decade, Mr. Grossman has written dozens of articles, white papers, and is a published author. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NY Times and hundreds of other media outlets around the world.
As a well-known security expert and industry veteran, Mr. Grossman has been a guest speaker on six continents at hundreds of events including TED, BlackHat Briefings, RSA, SANS, and others. He has been invited to guest lecture at top universities such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, and UCLA. Mr. Grossman is also a co-founder of the Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) and previously named one of InfoWorld's Top 25 CTOs.
He serves on the advisory board of two hot start-ups, Risk I/O and SD Elements, and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. Before founding WhiteHat, Mr. Grossman was an information security officer at Yahoo!
Nathan Hamiel is a Managing Consultant for FishNet Security's Application Security Practice. He is also an Associate Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Advancing Technology. He spends most of his time focusing in the areas of application, Web 2.0, and enterprise security. Nathan has been a speaker at security events around the world including: Black Hat, DefCon, ShmooCon, ToorCon, SecTor, OWASP and many others. He is also a developer of several open source security projects including the pywebfuzz and RAFT.
Robert Hansen is the Vice President of WhiteHat Labs at WhiteHat Security. He's the former Chief Executive of SecTheory and Falling Rock Networks which focused on building a hardened OS. Mr. Hansen began his career in banner click fraud detection at ValueClick. Mr. Hansen has worked for Cable & Wireless doing managed security services, and eBay as a Sr. Global Product Manager of Trust and Safety. Mr. Hansen contributes to and sits on the board of several startup companies. Mr. Hansen has co-authored "XSS Exploits" by Syngress publishing and wrote the eBook, "Detecting Malice." Robert is a member of WASC, APWG, IACSP, ISSA, APWG and contributed to several OWASP projects, including originating the XSS Cheat Sheet. He is also a mentor at TechStars. His passion is breaking web technologies to make them better.
Chris Hoff is currently vice president of strategy and planning at Juniper Networks, after serving as the company's chief security architect. He has held similar roles at Cisco, Unisys Corp. and Crossbeam Systems. Hoff is a founding member and technical advisor to the Cloud Security Alliance, founder of the CloudAudit project and HacKid Technology conference and writes the Rational Survivability blog. Follow him on Twitter @Beaker
Vincenzo Iozzo is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Rakoku Holdings where he focuses on Information Security. In addition to his work at Rakoku Holdings, Vincenzo is a Partner at the Italian business incubator iStarter SpA. Prior to that, Vincenzo was the Chief of Staff and Principal Security Engineer at Trail of Bits. Prior to Trail of Bits, Vincenzo founded Tiqad, an information security consulting firm, worked as a penetration tester for Secure Network srl and was a reverse engineer for Zynamics GmbH. His specialized research in Mac OS X security, smartphone exploitation, and exploit payloads has been presented at information security conferences around the world including Black Hat, CanSecWest and Microsoft BlueHat. In 2008, he was selected to participate in the Google Summer of Code and developed a testing infrastructure for TrustedBSD, the Mandatory Access Control system that became the foundation for sandboxing technologies included in Mac OS X. Vincenzo serves as a committee member on the Black Hat Review Board and is a co-author of the "iOS Hacker's Handbook" (Wiley, 2012). He is perhaps best known for his participation in Pwn2Own, where he co-wrote the exploits for BlackBerryOS and iOS that won the contest in 2010 and 2011 and where he co-wrote exploits for Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari that placed second in 2012.
Felix 'FX' Lindner is the founder as well as the technical and research lead of Recurity Labs GmbH, a high-end security consulting and research team, specializing in code analysis and design of secure systems and protocols. Well known within the computer security community, he has presented his research for over a decade at conferences worldwide. Felix holds a title as German State-Certified Technical Assistant for Informatics and Information Technology as well as Certified Information Systems Security Professional, is highly specialized in digital attack technologies, but recently changed the direction of his research to defense, since the later seems to be a lot less fun.
Ping Look has over a decade of experience building, promoting and managing events in the IT space including two of the most iconic and massively influential IT security events: The Black Hat Briefings+Training and DEF CON. At Black Hat she managed the growth of brand from obscurity to profitability and grew the event from a three track, two day event to a six day, 11 track and training intense event that brought together the best and the most relevant (and occasionally the most obscure) speakers and content providers to Black Hat events in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. During her tenure at Black Hat she was often referred to as the "The One You Don't Want to Piss Off (or you will die)".
Prior to entering the information security and events space, she worked in brand development and management in publishing, textiles and consumer products. She has extensive experience in design and marketing as well as product development.
Ping is currently engaged at Accuvant LABS working with one of the most technically proficient pentest and research teams in the world.
Jeff Moss, aka The Dark Tangent - Founder of Black Hat and DEFCON, VP and Chief Security Officer, ICANN
Jeff Moss has been a hacker for over twenty years. In 1992 Jeff founded DEF CON, the largest hacker community and gathering in the world. Five years later, he started Black Hat, a series of technical conferences featuring the latest security research. In 2009, Jeff was appointed to the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council, a group of subject matter experts providing advice to the Secretary of DHS. In 2011 Jeff was named Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers.
ICANN is a non-profit whose responsibilities include coordinating and ensuring the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet's unique global identifiers such as IP address allocations, AS and protocol numbers, and digitally signing and maintaining the root zone of the Internet.
Jeff is uniquely qualified with his ability to bridge the gap between the underground researcher community and law enforcement, between the worlds of pure research and responsible application. As such, he is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and referenced in the Associated Press, CNN, New York Times, Reuters, Vanity Fair, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2011 Moss received the ICSA President's Award for Public Service and in 2012 he was named in Discovery Magazines "top 100 stories of 2012" as story #50.
Prior to ICANN Moss was the founder and CEO of Black Hat, where he remains as Conference Chair. He was a director at Secure Computing Corporation where he helped establish the Professional Services Department in the United States, Asia, and Australia. He has also worked for Ernst & Young, LLP in their Information System Security division. Moss graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Criminal Justice. He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Shawn Moyer is a Founding Partner at Atredis Partners, a private security research and software security consultancy created with frequent BlackHat speakers Josh Thomas and Nathan Keltner, performing on-spec vulnerability research and reverse engineering as well as advanced penetration testing for clients all over the world. Shawn has been involved professionally in information security for 20 years, and unprofessionally for longer than he'd care to admit. Shawn's most recent work has focused on mobile and embedded security, as well as continued work with Smart Grid, SCADA, and other industrial technologies.
Previously, Shawn created the Applied Research at Accuvant Labs, helped launch the Penetration Testing practice at FishNet Security, and has written on emerging threats and other topics for Information Security Magazine and ZDNet. Shawn's research has been featured in the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, NPR, and the New York Times, as well as countless other industry publications. Shawn has been a ten-time speaker at the BlackHat Briefings, and has been an invited speaker at other notable security conferences in the US, China, Canada, and Japan. Shawn has been a member of the BlackHat Briefings Review Board since 2008.
Chris Rohlf is the founder of Leaf Security Research where he specializes in vulnerability discovery and reverse engineering. Chris has over ten years of experience in various security roles including developer, researcher and consultant. Prior to founding Leaf SR he was a Principal Security Consultant at Matasano Security in NYC and has previously worked as a Security Researcher for the US Department of Defense. Chris has discovered and published many security vulnerabilities affecting web browsers, operating systems and more. He has spoken at industry conferences including BlackHat and is the author of numerous open source security tools.
Adam Shostack helped found the CVE, the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium and the International Financial Cryptography Association. He has been a leader at a number of successful information security and privacy startups. He is the author of “Threat Modeling: Designing for Security” and the co-author of “The New School of Information Security.” Shostack is currently a principal program manager on the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Usable Security team, where among other accomplishments, he shipped the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Threat Modeling Tool and the Elevation of Privilege threat modeling game as a member of the SDL team.
Alex Sotirov is an independent security researcher with more than ten years of experience with vulnerability research, reverse engineering and advanced exploitation techniques. He is well-known for his work on exploiting MD5 collisions to create a rogue Certificate Authority, bypassing the browser exploitation mitigations of Windows Vista and developing the Heap Feng Shui exploitation technique. His professional experience includes positions as a security researcher at Determina and VMware. Currently he is working as an independent security consultant in New York. Alexander served as a program chair of the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies and is one of the founders of the Pwnie Awards.
Alex Stamos is a co-founder and CTO of iSEC Partners. While helping to build iSEC into an industry leader, Alex has been focused on helping his clients address their most difficult security challenges. He has worked to secure mobile platforms, cloud computing infrastructures and other emerging technologies while pushing forward the industry's understanding of how to build trustworthy systems in these new computing paradigms. He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as BlackHat, FS-ISAC, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Congress, Infragard, CanSecWest and Interop. Before forming iSEC, Alex was a Managing Security Consultant at @stake and had operational security responsibility at Loudcloud. He received a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.
Robert J. Stratton III is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, and researcher specializing in commercial development of early-stage security technologies, multinational network security, technology policy, and innovation management.
Mr. Stratton is a General Partner in MACH37, a Virginia startup accelerator supporting new information security companies. Previously, he was Chief Strategy & Security Officer at WiTopia, and Director of Government Research at Symantec Research Labs. Before joining Symantec, he was co-founder and CTO at StackSafe, a startup focused on self-healing software and automated software assurance. Mr. Stratton was the first Director of Technology Assessment at In-Q-Tel, a private venture capital firm investing for the benefit of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Mr. Stratton also co-founded and served as Chief Technologist at Security Design International, a services firm specializing in multinational and critical infrastructure network security. Before founding SDI, Mr. Stratton established the Security Posture Assessment™ practice at WheelGroup Corporation and the security organization at UUNET, one of the first tier 1 Internet service providers.
Yuji Ukai is the chief executive officer of FFRI, Inc, known as a technical opinion leader in Japanese security industry.
After completing his Ph.D. in computer science at the National University of Tokushima, he began his employment at Kodak research and development center in Japan where he worked on research and development for digital device and embedded security.
In 2003, he moved to United States and started working on development of vulnerability scanner product at eEye Digital Security as a Senior Software Engineer. He also worked for research of vulnerability analysis, vulnerability auditing, malware analysis, embedded system security, P2P network security, etc. as a Senior Research Engineer at eEye research group. In 2007, he moved back to Japan and became a co-founder of Fourteenforty Research Institute, Inc. Over the last several years, he discovered many critical security vulnerabilities affecting various software products as well as pioneered vulnerability analysis and exploitation of embedded system based on real time operating systems.
Alex Wheeler is the Director of R+D for Accuvant LABS. Wheeler is an noted expert in software reverse engineering, code auditing, exploit development, and a pioneer in next generation exploitation and evasion techniques. With over 15 years of real world security research, Alex's pedigree includes security product pioneers such as Internet Security Systems X-Force Advanced R&D, TippingPoint DVI, Fortune 50 technology companies, as well as an extensive consulting background including Ernst & Young, and Accuvant. His skill is evidenced by world-wide industry recognition. Wheeler's public research received consecutive Pwnies awards for both "Best Server Side Bug" and "Best Client Side Bug". His work is often referenced by top tier media outlets. Alex's most notable public discoveries include default remote flaws in Microsoft's IP stack and systemic default remote flaws in every top tier security vendor's server and client security products (e.g., Symantec, McAfee, TrendMicro, Computer Associates, Microsoft, Cisco, F-Secure, Kaspersky, ClamAV, Novell, etc.).
Chris Wysopal, Veracode's CTO and Co-Founder, is responsible for the company's software security analysis capabilities. In 2008 he was named one of InfoWorld's Top 25 CTO's and one of the 100 most influential people in IT by eWeek. One of the original vulnerability researchers and a member of L0pht Heavy Industries, he has testified on Capitol Hill in the US on the subjects of government computer security and how vulnerabilities are discovered in software. He published his first advisory in 1996 on parameter tampering in Lotus Domino and has been trying to help people not repeat this type of mistake for 15 years. He is also the author of "The Art of Software Security Testing" published by Addison-Wesley.
Stefano Zanero received a PhD in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently an assistant professor with the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria. His research focuses on mobile malware, malware analysis, and systems security. Besides teaching “Computer Security” at Politecnico, he has an extensive speaking and training experience in Italy and abroad. He co-authored over 50 scientific papers and books. He is an associate editor for the “Journal in computer virology and hacking techniques”. He's a Senior Member of the IEEE (covering volunteer positions at national and regional level), the IEEE Computer Society (for which he is a member of the Board of Governors), and a lifetime senior member of the ACM. Stefano co-founded the Italian chapter of ISSA (Information System Security Association), of which he is a senior member. He sits in the International Board of Directors of the same association. A long time op-ed writer for magazines (among which “Computer World”), Stefano is also a co-founder and chairman of Secure Network S.r.l., a leading Italian information security consulting firm, and a co-founder of 18Months, a cloud-based ticketing solutions provider.
Guest Reviewer for Black Hat USA 2014 Malware Category
Jeff Horne is the Vice President of R+D and Chief Architect with Accuvant LABS where he oversees teams of researchers specializing in malicious code, incident response, breach analysis, and vulnerability assessment. Jeff is an accomplished security professional with over 14 years in reverse engineering, vulnerability assessment, antivirus engine creation, and malware research experience. Prior to Accuvant LABS, Jeff pursued a variety of roles in research and software engineering at other major security companies. Jeff worked as a Vulnerability Researcher at Internet Security Systems, where he was responsible for vulnerability discovery, exploit creation, IDS evasion research, and behavioral detection of malware. At Webroot Software, Jeff was the Director of Threat Research where he led several teams of malware researchers, reverse engineers, and a development organization specializing in creating anti malware functionality and signatures for all Webroot products. Jeff is well known for his insight in interviews for numerous news channels and publications, speaking roles at various security conferences, as well as authoring several vulnerability disclosures and patents.