Matt Blaze, a researcher in the areas of secure systems, cryptography, and trust management. He is currently a full Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and on the board of directors of the Tor Project.
Jon Callas, computer security expert, software engineer, user experience designer, and technologist who is the co-founder and former CTO of the global encrypted communications service Silent Circle. He has held major positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, Apple, PGP, and Entrust, and is considered “one of the most respected and well-known names in the mobile security industry.” Callas is credited with creating several Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards, including OpenPGP, DKIM, and ZRTP, which he wrote. Prior to his work at Entrust, he was Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of PGP Corporation and the former Chief Technical Officer of Entrust. He has also worked for Bruce Schneier’s Counterpane Internet Security, was one of the primary authors of the DKIM method, and was Chief Scientist of the original PGP, Inc. founded by Phil Zimmermann. Callas is a member of the Infosec think tank The Shmoo Group.
Lee Felsenstein. Lee Felsenstein has for over 50 years been an explorer in applying technology for social benefit. As an engineering student at Berkeley in 1964 he participated in the Free Speech Movement and saw how an open, equitable information structure could work wonders in allowing a campus of strangers become a community. From then on he has pursued the necessary technologies to make that process commonplace. By 1970 he realized that a network of computers would be the effective technology, and within one year was working with a group that had secured a mainframe timesharing computer for counterculture support. By 1973 the group had created Community Memory – the first public-access bulletin board system with a terminal in Berkeley and one in San Francisco. In that project, he says, “We opened the door to cyberspace and found that it was hospitable territory”. Lee has worked in Silicon Valley since 1968 performing hardware design and helping in the development of the early personal computer industry. He was able to apply lessons learned from Community Memory to the structure and function of the meetings of the legendary Homebrew Computer Club, whose meetings spawned 23 identifiable businesses, including Apple.
Gordon Lyon. Gordon Lyon authored the open source Nmap Security Scanner in 1997 and continues to coordinate its development. He also maintains the SecLists.Org, Insecure.Org, SecTools.Org, and Nmap.Org security resource sites and has authored seminal papers and patents on remote operating system detection and stealth port scanning. He is a founding member of the Honeynet Project and serves on the technical advisory boards for Qualys and AlienVault. He also authored or co-authored the books “Nmap Network Scanning”, “Know Your Enemy: Honeynets” and “Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent”. His newest project is Npcap, a raw networking library and driver for Windows.
Bruce Potter, chief information security officer (CISO) of Expel where he’s responsible for cyber risk management and ensuring the secure operations of Expel’s services. Previously, Bruce co-founded Ponte Technologies, a cybersecurity research and engineering company that worked with organizations ranging from hedge funds to intelligence agencies. Bruce founded the Shmoo Group and helps run the yearly hacker conference, ShmooCon, in Washington, DC. He has co-authored several books and written numerous articles on security (or the lack thereof). He is a regular speaker at conferences including DefCon, Blackhat, and O’Reilly Security as well as private events at the United States Military Academy, the Library of Congress and other government agencies.
Peter “Mudge” Zatko. From 2010-2013 Mudge oversaw and ran cyber security research programs for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community out of DARPA. He was awarded the highest medal able to be given to a civilian from the Secretary of Defense: The Medal for Exceptional Public Service. After DARPA, Mudge was Deputy Director if Google’s Advanced Technology And Projects division, until he left to launch the non-profit 501(c)3 Cyber Independent Testing Labs where he is currently their board chairman. He is currently head of security at Stripe.