Colin Ames is one of the founding partners of Attack Research LLC a boutique security company in the United States. Colin has been working in the information technology field for 18 years for both Government and Private organizations, with the last decade being focused on computer and information security. Colin was a contributing member of Metasploit, and has spoken and trained many times at security conferences like Blackhat, Shakacon, Countermeasures, and Source Boston. Colin has done Reverse Engineering, Exploitation Development, Vulnerability Discovery, and Post Exploitation on Windows, OSX, Linux, and Unix operating systems, and has a special place in his heart for File Formats, especially Adobe's PDF. Colin is also on the selection committee for the Shakacon security conference.
Val Smith has been involved in the computer security community and industry for over ten years. He currently works as a professional security researcher on a variety of problems in the security community. He specializes in penetration testing, with over 40,000 machines assessed, reverse engineering, and malware research. He works on the Metasploit Project development team as well as other vulnerability development efforts. Most recently, Val Smith co-founded Attack Research, which is devoted to deep understanding of the mechanics of computer attack. Previously, Val Smith founded Offensive Computing, a public, open-source malware research project.