Winning Defcon: Cybersecurity Competitions
Wednesday, October 7th at 11am PDT | 2pm EDT
What does it take to win a cybersecurity competition? We will find out about the competition and hear about the experience from one of this year's youngest winners at Defcon. Competitions are being used more and more to help students learn about a field, help employers find new employment candidates, or just create an environment to spur innovation. Competitions may include all different types of challenges covering skills ranging from programming, hardware hacking, to social engineering. Capture the flag, where one team tries to defend a resource and a second team tries to take the resource, has been used consistently in cybersecurity to help evaluate technology and ranges in size from simple internal exercises to full scale military operations.
Thirteen year old Brandon Holland is a cyber-enthusiast. He has been going to cyber security conferences for the past 5 years and embraces every learning opportunity he gets. He won his first security competition when he was 11. This past year at the 2020 virtual Defcon he competed in two different security competitions. One was a teens-only competition which he won; the other was an adult competition in which he was the captain of the winning team. Outside of security, his fifth grade science fair project was Decrypting Cyphers with Python Programming. He has competed in many math and science competitions every year. He recently won the Academic Excellence award for his grade at school. Brandon has also been a key component in his basketball clubs for four years. He enjoys playing basketball, spending time with friends and family and, as expected, gaming.
Chief Technology Officer, SOD.
Joel serves as CTO and has responsibility for security operations, service delivery, infrastructure and compliance. Prior to joining Security On- Demand, Joel spent 10 years at EISI, a software and SaaS provider to the financial services industry where he served as Chief Information Security Officer and Vice-President of Operations. Prior to EISI, Joel was VP of Engineering & Operations for StyleLogic. Joel began his career as a nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy. He has a B.S in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and holds certifications in ISO 27001, CRISC, LEAN, Six Sigma and is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
VP of Cybersecurity Strategy, Okta
With a career that spans more than twenty years, Marc has been hacking since the 80’s and is now a white-hat hacker renowned for hacking things like Apple's TouchID and the Tesla Model S. Prior to Okta, Mr. Rogers served as the Head of Security for Cloudflare and spent a decade managing security for the UK operator, Vodafone. He's been a CISO in South Korea and has also co-founded a disruptive Bay Area startup. In his role as technical advisor on “Mr. Robot,” he helped create hacks for the show. He's also an organizer and the Head of Security for the world’s largest hacking conference: DEF CON. Most recently Mr Rogers helped found the CTI League, a multi national cybersecurity initiative combining industry professionals, government agencies and law enforcement from 80 different countries.
Chief Technology Officer at Barracuda
Fleming joined Barracuda in 2004 as the founding engineer for the company’s web security product offerings, helping to create the first version of Barracuda’s message archiving product and paving the way for expansion into new content security product areas. As Chief Technology Officer, Fleming leads the company’s threat research and innovation engineering teams in building future technology platforms to deliver continued success in our security and data protection products. He has more than 20 patents granted or pending in network and content security. Previously: ehit, Velosel, Ebrary Fun Fact: First computer was a Commodore VIC-20.
Executive Co-Director at HealthGrid Alliance
Debby Hindus is the Executive Co-Director of the HealthGrid Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to “healing the world,” starting with technologies to address Covid safety in the new normal. Also a Venture Partner and Mentor at F50 Elevate, she is a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who specializes in complex new ventures. Debby directed marketing at Zentera, a cybersecurity startup, and previously co-founded Rapport, Inc., an early multiprocessing chip company. She is a strategist and technologist with deep hands-on startup, business and technology research experience. Debby also has taught at Stanford and Harvard, and as Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at Cogswell College, she designed and put in place the college’s first graduate-level program. She holds an M.S. from the MIT Media Lab and a computer science undergraduate degree from U. Michigan.
Executive Director of Bace Cybersecurity Institute
Diana joined Bace Cybersecurity Institute to help honor and continue the legacy of security leadership and visionary work that Becky Bace directly inspired. Diana has been in cybersecurity for over 20 years, focusing on cutting edge research in both consulting areas (like penetration testing and security architecture design) as well as product research, resulting in multiple patents and commercial software packages. Those research efforts have been focused on both specialized problems including work for the government, as well as universal issues, like eliminating passwords and making security easier to use, that impact everyone. As executive director of BCI, Diana is the chief volunteer helping bring together our amazing members, experts, and volunteers to make the Internet safer for everyone.
CTO at Bace Cybersecurity Institute
Mark Cummings Ph.D. has been lucky enough to be involved in every technical revolution in the last 45 years – both the successes and the failures. His goal for the next ten years is to help navigate through these challenging times - helping people avoid past mistakes and achieve the full promise of our rapidly evolving technology/business/social landscape. He is currently involved in a number of projects including Orchestral Networks, where he is the inventor of the patented technology behind the company’s products, and Bace Cybersecurity Institute where he is a Founding Member and Chief Technology Officer. Mark holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Tohoku Imperial University in Japan, an MBA in Communications Management from Wharton, and a BA, in Broadcast Communications Arts from San Francisco State University. Mark is based in Silicon Valley.