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David Hughes

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David has been involved with the IT industry for the past 20 years and for the latter half of that time have been primarily focused on Information Security.

He spent several years performing penetration testing and security assessments, utilizing quite a number of tools and techniques. The clients ranged in size from very small office spaces to large state-owned data centers.

Training is also one of his passions, and his experience includes teaching post-assessment security awareness classes. David was also a trainer at Dell where he instructed new hire classes and designed a curriculum to teach troubleshooting and problem-solving methodology. He occasionally teaches CISSP prep classes at Austin Community College covering the topics of Cryptography and Security Architecture.

More recently, David served as Director of Information Security for Temple Inland, a Fortune 500 company. He is currently a Sr. Security Assurance Analyst at General Motors, where he performs penetration testing and red team exercises.

David is also currently President of the Austin, TX. chapter of OWASP and chair for the 2013 LASCON conference. He also served as a chair for AppSecUSA 2012 in Austin and held a leadership role in previous LASCON conferences. David's goal over the past two years has been to bring the best speakers and training opportunities to the Information Security community in Austin.

David has also been heavily involved in the past with the Austin Chapter of ISSA. David has also presented at several chapter meetings and conferences on a variety of Information Security topics.

David resides in Austin, TX with his wife, Christine, and three children, Rachel, Rebekah and Iain. He has lived in Austin for 17 years. His hobbies (aside from anything security-related) include 3D rendering, playing the guitar, and reading weighty theology books.