Security History – Lessons from the past – PSW #632

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Jeremiah Grossman
Founder & CEO at Bit Discovery

Jeremiah Grossman is a world-renowned expert in information security, a highly acclaimed security researcher, and an industry innovator. Over the last 20 years, Jeremiah pioneered application security as the founder of WhiteHat Security and served as Chief of Security Strategy for SentinelOne, focusing on ransomware and EDR. Today, as CEO of Bit Discovery, he’s taking on arguably the hardest and most important unsolved problem in the entire industry — attack surface management.

Ron Gula
President at Gula Tech Adventures

Since 2017, GTA has invested in dozens of cyber start-ups and funds and supported multiple cyber nonprofits and projects. Ron has served on the Board of Directors for a number of GTA’s portfolio companies and has been a steadfast mentor and advisor to many founders. Ron has also supported a variety of cyber nonprofits and think tanks, with both his substantive expertise and through philanthropic funding.

From 2002 to 2016, Ron was the co-founder and CEO of Tenable Network Security. Under Ron’s leadership, Tenable grew to 20,000 customers, raised $300m in venture capital, and grew revenues to $100 million annually; this positioned the company for a successful IPO in 2018, where it was valued at $3 billion.

Prior to founding Tenable, Ron was a cyber industry pioneer. Ron developed Dragon, one of the first commercial network intrusion detection systems, and he also ran risk mitigation for one of the first cloud companies. While serving as a US Air Force officer, Ron deployed network honeypots in the mid 90s for the US Defense Department (DOD) and served as a penetration tester at the National Security Agency (NSA), participating in some of the nation’s first cyber exercises.

For these efforts, Ron received in 2020 both the Northern Virginia Technology Council Cyber Investor of the Year award and the Baltimore Business Journal Power 10 CEO award.

Jayson E. Street
Chief Adversarial Officer at SecureYeti

Jayson E. Street referred to in the past as:

A “notorious hacker” by FOX25 Boston, “World Class Hacker” by National Geographic Breakthrough Series and described as a “paunchy hacker” by Rolling Stone Magazine. He however prefers if people refer to him simply as a Hacker, Helper & Human.

He’s a Simulated Adversary for hire. The author of the “Dissecting the hack: Series” (which is currently required reading at 5 colleges in 3 countries that he knows of). Also the DEF CON Groups Global Ambassador. He’s spoken at DEF CON, DEF CON China, GRRCon, DerbyCon at several other ‘CONs & colleges on a variety of Information Security subjects. He was also a guest lecturer for the Beijing Institute of Technology for 10 years.

He loves to explore the world & networks as much as he can. He has successfully robbed banks, hotels, government facilities, Biochemical companies, etc.. on five continents (Only successfully robbing the wrong bank in Lebanon once all others he was supposed to)!

*He is a highly carbonated speaker who has partaken of Pizza from Bulgaria to Brazil & China to The Canary Islands. He does not expect anybody to still be reading this far but if they are please note he was proud to be chosen as one of Time’s persons of the year for 2006.

Winn Schwartau
Security Guy since 1983. Time & Analogue thinker and writer. Former recording engineer and producer. at WinnSchwartau.Com

The “Civilian Architect of Information Warfare”
– Commodore Pat Tyrrell OBE Royal Navy, 1996

Winn has lived Cybersecurity since 1983, and now says, “I think, maybe, I’m just starting to understand it.” His predictions about the internet & security have been scarily spot on. He coined the term “Electronic Pearl Harbor” while testifying before Congress in 1991. His seminal book, “Information Warfare” showed the world how and why massive identity theft, cyber-espionage, nation-state hacking, and cyber-terrorism would be an integral part of the future (today’s present).

Currently, he is exploring “Metawar,” a term he coined to describe the art and science of reality distortion, manipulation, and addiction in the metaverse. Just with current and short-term technological capabilities, the security, privacy, ethics, and global policy implications are staggering.

His last book, “Analogue Network Security” is a time-based probabilistic approach to security. By hybridizing analogue and digital techniques, he offers methods to “fix security and the internet”. It will twist your mind. “The Best Cybersecurity Book of All Time,” Cyber Defense Magazine.

• Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts
• Distinguished Fellow: Ponemon Institute
• International Security Hall of Fame: ISSA
• Top-20 industry pioneers: SC Magazine.
• Top 25 Most Influential: Security Magazine
• Top 5 Security Thinkers: SC Magazine.
• Power Thinker and one of the 50 most powerful people: Network World.
• Top Rated (4.85/5) RSA Speaker
• Top Rated Webinar: 4.56 (ISC2)
• .001% Top Influencer RSAC-2019
• Global Power Speaker
Author: “Pearl Harbor Dot Com” (Die Hard IV), 3 volumes of “Information Warfare”, “CyberShock”, “Internet and Computer Ethics for Kids”. (More on his web site.)
Executive Producer: “Hackers Are People Too”
Founder: TheSecurityAwarenessCompany, Security Experts, InfowarCon, Hacker Jeopardy


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