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OWASP Podcast Series #23

OWASP Interview with Dr. Boaz Gelbord
Recorded April 14, 2009
Published June 1, 2009

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  • Dr. Boaz Gelbord is the Executive Director of Information Security at an innovative New York-based company.

    Boaz has been a leader in the information security field for ten years. Boaz began his information security career at KPN Royal Dutch Telecom, where he led numerous security projects and authored 12 patents relating to information security. His work on privacy enhancing technologies at KPN earned several international awards and led to his designation as one of "Europe's Tech Stars" by the Wall Street Journal Europe. Boaz was appointed as an independent expert to the eEurope 2005 Advisory Group, a high level committee that advised the European Commission on Internet policy. He was also an appointed expert in several ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) Specialist Task Forces, including the Secure Algorithm Group of Experts that standardized the GSM and UMTS encryption algorithms. Boaz taught information security for several years as an Associate Professor at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.

    Boaz was one of the founders of the European Network and Information Security Agency, the official EU body responsible for information security where he headed the Security Technologies Unit. Boaz has chaired the program and steering committees of several leading international security conferences, including being the co-Chairman of the Steering Committee of the ISSE 2005 conference, Europe's largest independent information security conference.

    Boaz was also the first Director of Information Security at the New School in New York City where he introduced and implemented a comprehensive information security program. He holds a BSc in mathematics from the University of Calgary, an MSc in mathematics from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in mathematics from the Technion in Israel. He hold the CISA and CISSP certifications and is a frequently invited keynote speaker on information security and privacy issues. In the past he has presented keynote addresses at ITU, CEN, ETSI, and East West Institute conferences.