Aidan Holland, Kelly Shortridge – ESW #339
Aidan Holland is a software engineer at Censys who channels his skills in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and open-source development to drive innovative projects. Aidan played pivotal roles in the creation of the Censys Search Engine and Censys Python SDK. Furthermore, he led the development of the Censys Cloud Connector and was at the helm of the groundbreaking CensysGPT project, applying his deep knowledge of AI and Python.
Prior to joining Censys, Aidan interned at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the age of 15, a unique opportunity that sparked his passion for cybersecurity. Aidan also honed his artistic skills during an internship at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, where he was able to present his AI-generated artwork.
Aidan continuously seeks new challenges and learning opportunities, participating in activities such as Capture The Flag (CTF) competitions, hackathons, and contributing to open-source projects in his spare time. His diverse experiences and relentless drive to innovate make him a committed participant in the fast-paced world of technology.
Kelly Shortridge is a Senior Principal in the Office of the CTO at Fastly. Shortridge is lead author of Security Chaos Engineering: Sustaining Resilience in Software and Systems (O’Reilly Media) and is best known as an expert on resilience in complex software systems, the application of behavioral economics to cybersecurity, and bringing security out of the dark ages. Shortridge has been a successful enterprise product leader as well as a startup founder (with an exit to CrowdStrike) and investment banker. Shortridge frequently advises Fortune 500s, investors, startups, and federal agencies and has spoken at major technology conferences internationally, including Black Hat USA, O’Reilly Velocity Conference, and SREcon. Shortridge’s research has been featured in ACM, IEEE, and USENIX, spanning behavioral science in cybersecurity, deception strategies, and the ROI of software resilience. Shortridge also serves on the editorial board of ACM Queue.