Aaron Sawyer is an intern at InfoSec Innovations and post-baccalaureate student at the University of Maine. Between stints as a laboratory technician in an Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, Aaron worked as a Merchant Marine Engineer where he became a certified vessel security officer and discovered his love of breaking things in interesting ways.
Aaron holds specialized certifications from the SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security (SANS) Institute and has spoken at numerous security conferences and meetups. He currently serves as vice president of the central Missouri chapter of Infragard, a partnership between the private sector and the FBI dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States. At the University of Missouri, Aaron serves as a security analyst for the central information technology division and he teaches the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department’s cyber security course. In addition to his duties at MU, Aaron provides pro-bono IT and forensic analysis support to small businesses in the Columbia area. He also volunteers his time to assist with various security conferences across the country.
- training Blackhole DNS with a Raspberry Pi
Cyber Security Research Team Leader at Check Point Software Technologies. Prior to Check Point, I have served as an Officer in the IDF Intelligence Corps 8200 Unit in various research and development roles. In addition, I Hold an M.Sc. in Financial Mathematics and a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics at Bar-Ilan University.
Alex B Chalmers is a technical service manager for federated identity solutions at Eli Lilly and Company. He has served in a variety of senior technical roles across identity, security, and enterprise technology architecture over more than 15 years. Currently, his focus is the continuous improvement of cloud identity solutions and the broad adoption of strong authentication technologies. In addition to his technical roles, Alex has served as a university instructor in information security and provided technical training in a variety of cloud technology solutions.
Alyssa is a former developer turned pen-tester and security evangelist with over 15 years of experience in the security industry. She has maintained a heavy focus on application security over the years, not only conducting application assessments, threat modeling exercises and secure code reviews, but also working with companies to develop comprehensive secure SDLC programs. Alyssa is also experienced in delivering security training at all levels from basic awareness to detailed secure coding practices. Currently, Alyssa is the Manager of the Information Security Solutions Practice for CDW, working with customers to deliver security assessment and advisory services. Alyssa has been published in multiple security publications and also holds a CISM certification from ISACA.
Until she’s accepted for a Mars mission, Amber’s goal is to advance data protection and personal information privacy as a Privacy Technical Lead for Schellman & Company. Amber been assessing corporate privacy compliance programs for the past year and prior to that, managed security and privacy governance for a suite of SaaS products. She has previously worked in companies creating ERP, CRM, event planning, and biologics manufacturing software.
April C. Wright is a hacker, O’Reilly author, teacher, and community leader who has been breaking, making, fixing, and defending the security of global critical communications and connections for over 25 years. She is an international speaker and trainer, educating and advising on matters of privacy and information security with the goal of safeguarding the digital components we rely on every day. April has held roles on defensive, operational, adversarial, and development teams throughout her career, and has spoken and contributed to numerous worldwide security conferences including BlackHat, DEF CON USA and DEF CON China, DerbyCon, Hack in Paris, DefCamp Romania, ITWeb South Africa, as well as for the US Government and industry organizations such as OWASP and ISSA. She has started multiple small businesses including a non-profit, handles communications for DEF CON Groups community outreach, and in 2017 she co-founded a popular local Boston community event (DC617). April has collected dozens of certifications to add capital letters at the end of her name, and almost died in Dracula’s secret staircase. She once read on The Onion that researchers at the University of North Carolina released a comprehensive report in 2014 confirming her status as the “most significant and interesting person currently inhabiting the earth”, and it was on ‘teh internet’ so it must be true.
Arden began his journey into IT in 1982 when he first learned to program computers, then quickly moved on to hacking BBS, PBX, and ICS systems. He joined the USAF in 1996 and for 15 years traveled the world doing various mysterious things with electrons. Arden was hand selected in the initial cadre of the Network Warfare Operations career field and tasked to develop the first Cyber Functional Training Unit where over the next three years he taught thousands of students everything from vulnerabilities in LMR/ICS/SS7 to basic computer programming to advanced exploitation & covert exfiltration. He finished his military career helping monitor & defend USAF networks at the AFCERT. After retiring from military service Arden ran the security operations team for a national financial services company until deciding to return to university to get his PhD.
- training Blackhole DNS with a Raspberry Pi
Ashley Benitez Smith is in her seventh year of teaching middle school in Maryland. She has been teaching Career and Technology Education classes for five years and likes her job most days. Ashley wishes to bring security into STEM curricula to inspire the next generation of security professionals. She also wants to educate students about security to prepare them for an ever changing digital landscape. Ashley has attended a few security conferences and has helped with events at Defcon.