Alan Paller founded SANS, a college and professional cyber security training school that has trained more than 145,000 cybersecurity technologists in 72 countries. He oversees the Internet Storm Center, the annual identification of the "Seven Most Dangerous New Attack Vectors" and a global program that identifies and celebrates people responsible for remarkable improvement in cyber risk reduction. He has testified before the US Senate and House and was an initial member of the President's National Infrastructure Assurance Council.
He was chosen by OMB and the Federal CIO Council as the 2005 Azimuth Award winner, a lifetime achievement award recognizing outstanding service of a non-government person to improving federal information technology. In 2010, the Washington Post named him one of seven people "worth knowing, or knowing about" in cyber security. He co-chairs the Secretary of Homeland Security's Task Force on CyberSkills, and serves on the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and on the NASA Advisory Council.
Earlier in his career Alan helped build one of the first major software companies, took it public, and merged it into a larger company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. His degrees are from Cornell University and the Massachusetts institute of Technology.
Ed Skoudis is the founder of Counter Hack Challenges, an innovative organization that designs, builds and operates popular infosec challenges and simulations including NetWars.
Ed's expertise includes hacker attacks and defenses, the information security industry, and computer privacy issues, with over fifteen years of experience in information security. Ed authored and regularly teaches the SANS courses on network penetration testing (Security 560) and incident response (Security 504), helping over three thousand information security professionals each year improve their skills and abilities to defend their networks. He has performed numerous security assessments; conducted exhaustive anti-virus, anti-spyware, Virtual Machine, and IPS research; and responded to computer attacks for clients in financial, high technology, healthcare, and other industries.
Ed conducted a demonstration of hacker techniques against financial institutions for the United States Senate and is a frequent speaker on issues associated with hacker tools and defenses. He has published numerous articles on these topics as well as the Prentice Hall best sellers Counter Hack Reloaded and Malware: Fighting Malicious Code. Ed was also awarded 2004-2012 Microsoft MVP awards for Windows Server Security and is an alumnus of the Honeynet Project. Previously, Ed served as a security consultant with InGuardians, International Network Services (INS), Global Integrity, Predictive Systems, SAIC, and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore). Ed also blogs about command line tips.
There's a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sectors. Recently, the Department of Labor reported zero percent unemployment in information security jobs and a study by Cisco Systems reported those jobs were among the highest paying IT jobs.
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