What Does It Mean To Be A Hacker? – PSW #635

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Bill Swearingen
Founding Partner at TRIFIDENT

An industry leader in cyber defense strategy, with over 18 years of experience in both technical and executive cyber security roles. Bill has devoted my career to building and protecting critical infrastructure and Fortune 100 companies from advanced threats. Bill has direct experience from ‘hands on keyboard’ from being on the front lines, and in-depth understanding of the challenges security teams are faced with.

Recognized as an influential figure in the industry, I have established a prominent public profile through my strong public speaking abilities. As a keynote presenter at prestigious events such as BlackHat and DEF CON, I have effectively communicated complex cybersecurity concepts to large audiences, showcasing my expertise and thought leadership.

Bill is a big believer in “be nice” even when things get tough and “the harder you work, the luckier you get.” If you really want to get on my good side, show me something you made. 🙂

Trent Lo
Co-Founder & Security Professional at SecKC

Trent is a seasoned security professional with a distinguished career defending a Tier 1 Network from skillful adversaries. His versatile background in both offense and defense has helped him architect visionary security solutions that are deployed within numerous Fortune 500 Companies. He is an established Security Researcher who has reported vulnerabilities in organizations like Microsoft, Google and Southwest Airlines. He is also the creator of ‘OvRfLoW’ (Microsoft Flow Attack Framework). Trent is a key contributor to Government Cyber Exercises like Cyber Shield and Cyber Storm. He has also built relationships on Threat Intelligence Sharing by speaking at the Network Security Information Exchanges (NSIE,) National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ND-ISAC) and Multilateral Network Security Information Exchanges (MNSIE.) Trent has worked with industry partners and government agencies to dismantle botnets like “3ve” and “themoon”.


Principal Security Evangelist at Eclypsium
Preventative Security Specialist at Architect Security
Professor at Roger Williams University
Chief Operating Officer at Envision Technologies
Sr. InfoSec Consultant at Online Business Sytems
Security Analyst at Black Hills Information Security
Product Security Research and Analysis Director at Finite State
Senior Cyber Advisor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Chief Product Officer at CyberSaint
Security Consultant at Rapid 7
Director of Offensive Security & Research at Trimarc Security, Founder & CEO at Dark Element