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Josh Corman

The 451 Group
Joshua Corman is the Research Director of the 451 Group's enterprise security practice. Corman has more than a decade of experience with security and networking software, most recently serving as Principal Security Strategist for IBM Internet Security Systems. Corman’s research cuts across sectors to the core challenges of the industry, and drives evolutionary strategies toward emerging technologies and shifting economics. Corman is a candid and highly coveted speaker and has spoken at leading industry events such as RSA, Interop, ISACA, and SANS. His efforts to educate and challenge the industry recently lead NetworkWorld magazine to recognize him as a top innovators of IT for 2009. Corman also serves on the Faculty for IANS and is a staunch advocate for CISOs everywhere. In 2010, Corman also co-founded – a value based initiative to raise awareness and usher in an era of secure digital infrastructure.

Ming Chow

Tufts University, CS Department
Ming Chow is a scholar of science and technology and a Lecturer at the Tufts University Department of Computer Science. His areas of interests are computer security, game development, web application security, and Computer Science in Education. Ming co-edited a special issue of IEEE Security & Privacy on securing online games with Gary McGraw of Cigital, Inc. published in May 2009. Ming is a frequent guest speaker, and have spoke at numerous organizations, including New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators (NEAIFI), and the New England Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA-NE), the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), John Hancock, and the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (AGO). Finally, Ming is a SANS GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).

Andrew Gronosky

Raytheon/BBN Technologies
Mr. Andrew Gronosky is a staff engineer at Raytheon BBN Technologies. He has experience developing software for a variety of applications including data analysis and visualization, digital signal processing, and parallel and distributed systems. He holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.

Joshua "Jabra" Abraham, Will Vandevanter

Joshua "Jabra" Abraham joined Rapid7 in 2006 as a Security Consultant. Josh has extensive IT Security and Auditing experience and worked as an enterprise risk assessment analyst for Hasbro Corporation. Josh specializes in penetration testing, web application security assessments, wireless security assessments, and custom code development. He has spoken at BlackHat, DefCon, ShmooCon, The SANS Pentest Summit, Infosec World, CSI, OWASP Conferences, LinuxWorld, Comdex and BLUG. In his spare time, he contributes code to open source security projects such as the BackTrack LiveCD, BeEF, Nikto, Fierce, and PBNJ. He is frequently quoted in the media regarding Microsoft Patch Tuesday and web application security by ComputerWorld, DarkReading and SC Magazine.

Mr. Vandevanter joined Rapid7 in 2008. Will has IT Security experience with a focus in web application security and secure software engineering. Will specializes in penetration testing, web application security assessments, and secure code development. In the past Will has also worked on a few different Open Source security projects including porting SELinux to OpenMoko and other Linux based mobile platforms. Will holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University and Masters Degree in Computer Science from James Madison University.

Christien Rioux

SOURCE Conference/Veracode
Christien Rioux is co-founder and chief scientist of Veracode, the world's only binary-analysis powered online application risk management service. Prior to Veracode, he was a founder at security consulting firm @stake, a member of the hacker think-tank L0pht Heavy Industries, and a graduate of Massachusetts Institute Of Technology. Today, he focuses on algorithms to automate the difficult task of reverse-engineering and analyzing binaries for security vulnerabilities.

Paul Schofield

With broad business and technical experience ranging from mergers and acquisitions to incident response and investigations, Paul Schofield is a frequent and energetic public speaker. With over fourteen years of experience in Information Security and Risk Management, his diverse background he brings insightful perspectives to security and risk management discussions. Paul is currently a Senior Security Engineer with Imperva, an award winning application Security company.

Rob Cheyne

Safelight Security Advisors
Expert Panel Moderator
Rob is the CEO of Safelight Security, a leading provider of both instructor-led and computer-based security training. He is a Boston-based information security expert who has taught information security training classes to over ten thousand students, including developers, architects, and managers for industry-leading organizations. He has 20 years of experience in the information technology field and has been working in information security since 1998. Over the years, he has played the role of software developer, systems integrator, security consultant and trainer. Rob was a co-founder of @stake, a highly regarded pioneer in information security consulting. In this role, he led and conducted secure architecture and design reviews, secure code reviews, application penetration tests, security assessments, and training for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Rob worked on @stake's SmartRisk Analyzer team, building software that automatically scans applications for vulnerabilities, and he was the author of LC4, a version of the award-winning L0phtCrack password auditing tool. @stake was acquired by Symantec Corporation in October 2004. Rob regularly speaks at security conferences, and frequently presents to the Boston OWASP chapter on a variety of security topics. His specialties are application security architecture and information security training.

John Carmichael

Safelight Security Advisors
John Carmichael applies his software security expertise to the creation and delivery of world class security training for some of the world’s largest organizations. At Safelight Security Advisors, he is an integral part of the product team creating best of breed computer-based training courses. Prior to joining Safelight Security Advisors, John was a security trainer and consultant at both Security Innovation and Cigital. His software security experience is rooted in a background of software development with deep expertise in a myriad of languages and environments. He has developed enterprise class software for large organizations such as Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Computer Science Corporation. John earned his B.S. degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Vermont and an M.S. degree in Computer Information System Security from Boston University.

Dan Crowley

Core Security
Dan Crowley is an independent security researcher and lecturer also working for Core Security Technologies. Dan runs a security education group called CSEC, which is in the process of becoming a hackerspace. In his free time, he can frequently be found playing with Web-based technologies and locks.

Kenneth Smith

Ken Smith, CISSP, CISA, GCIH is an Enterprise Information Security Architect with 15 years of experience in the information security space. He currently leads efforts related to IT risk management, compliance, and privacy for a private $1B e-Commerce, Catalog, and Retail organization. As a consultant, and former QSA, Ken has an extensive background in PCI DSS and has helped many organizations in the area of strategic planning, assessment, remediation plan development, and security program design.

Zach Lanier

Intrepidus Group
Zach Lanier is a Senior Security Consultant with the Intrepidus Group, a firm specializing in security assessment services. Zach's areas of focus are network and application penetration testing, intrusion analysis, and general hackery, with frequent dabbling in security and privacy research.

Shakeel Tufail

Shakeel Tufail is a Federal Practice Manager at Fortify, an HP company, where his responsibilities include refining customer security requirements, managing Fortify product deployments and delivering security services. Mr. Tufail brings over 18 years of experience to the IT industry in the areas of network engineering, software development, quality assurance, risk management, and security. Recently, he led over 30 enterprise security assessments for DoD and Fortune Top 50 commercial organizations that directly led to improvement of their risk profile. Prior to joining Fortify, Mr. Tufail held positions such as Deputy Program Manager for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Managing Partner for Insyte, General Manager of CompUSA, and Lead Release Engineer for AOL Time-Warner’s AOL Instant Messenger development team and HOST Servers QA group. An active software assurance community member, Mr. Tufail contributes to standards-defining efforts including the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE), the Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification (CAPEC) and other elements of the Software Assurance Programs of the Department of Homeland Security, NSA, and the Department of Defense. He has accumulated over 25 industry standard certifications and is a member of OWASP, ISACA, ISSA, and IEEE. In his spare time, Shakeel enjoys travel, photography, and technical training at local schools. Recently, he hiked the Himalayas to Mt. Everest BaseCamp.

Justin Peavey

Omgeo, LLC
Justin S. Peavey is the Chief Information Security Officer for Omgeo LLC, the market leader in allocation, confirmation/affirmation, settlement notification, enrichment, operational analytics and counterparty risk management services between trade counterparties.. Prior to joining Omgeo, Justin was a VP at State Street performing security architecture and enterprise security program development with a specialization in application security. Justin has been working in the information security field for over 15 years primarily for the finance and defense industries and has worked with such companies as Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, Fidelity Investments, John Hancock, IBM Scientific Research Center, and RSA Security. Justin’s background is in security program development, security architecture, software development, and service delivery management.

Adriel Desautels

NetRagard, LLC
Adriel T. Desautels is the President and CTO of Netragard, LLC. Among other things Adriel specializes in the delivery of advanced, high-threat anti-hacking services and covert network penetration methodologies. Prior to founding Netragard Adriel founded the internationally recognized SNOsoft Research Team, which quickly became the think tank for Secure Network Operations, Inc. Today SNOsoft is owned and operated by Netragard LLC. Adriel also has extensive experience and expertise in the design and deployment of sophisticated Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention (IDS/IPS) systems. In early 2002 Adriel designed an IDS/IPS technology with powerful event correlation capabilities capable of accurately identifying real events buried in a high volume of noise. That technology was later acquired by a private third party. As a result of his expertise Adriel has acted as an expert witness in U.S. Federal Court. Today Adriel’s responsibilities at Netragard include but are not limited to the design and management of all of Netragard’s professional services. Adriel’s secondary responsibility is to run and maintain Netragard’s Exploit Acquisition Program (EAP). EAP is designed to acquire bleeding edge, high value research and intelligence from the hacking community.

Brian Weekes

Brian Weekes is an Infrastructure Team Lead at GMO managing the Linux Engineering group with over 14 years of experience in Information Technology. He played a major role in developing the foundation for the market data plant and trading platforms used for quantitative trading and research. Prior to joining GMO, Brian worked at Wyeth as a Senior Systems Architect to build a new infrastructure and migrate scientific discovery research to high performance computing environments on the Linux platform.

Conference Organizers

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Conference Organizer: Jim Weiler