Hacker Perspectives on Vulnerabilities and Disclosures

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Watch Beau Woods, Katie Paxton-Fear, and Cris Thomas discuss hacker perspectives on vulnerabilities and disclosures as part of the Cybersecurity Summit 2021 Day One presentations. This video is a recording of the livestream held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. 

The National Cybersecurity Summit is an annual event that brings together cybersecurity and critical infrastructure stakeholders from around the world to hold meaningful conversations and collaborate on how we can protect our physical and cyber infrastructure.

About the Speakers

Moderator: Beau Woods, Senior Advisor and Strategist, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Beau Woods is a Senior Advisor with CISA, Cyber Safety Innovation Fellow with the Atlantic Council, a leader with the I Am The Cavalry grassroots initiative, Founder/CEO of Stratigos Security, and sits on the board of several non-profits. His work bridges the gap between the security research and public policy communities, to ensure connected technology that can impact life and safety is worthy of our trust. He formerly served as Entrepreneur in Residence with the US FDA, and Managing Principal Consultant at Dell SecureWorks. Over the past several years in this capacity, he has consulted with the energy, healthcare, automotive, aviation, rail, and IoT industries, as well as cyber security researchers, US and international policy makers, and the White House. Beau is a published author, frequent public speaker, often quoted in media, and is often engaged for public or private speaking venues.

Katie Paxton-Fear, Technical Community Manager, Bugcrowd

Katie Paxton-Fear is a Technical Community Manager, Hacker, Lecturer and YouTuber. She has a PhD in Machine Learning and Cyber Security from Cranfield University. She is passionate about supporting and enabling new people to get into security and stay there. She believes that responsible disclosure forms a big part of how hackers and other security professionals learn their craft, and wants to enable this wherever she can. She currently teaches web security topics to an audience of 35,000 subscribers on YouTube and couldn't do this without the knowledge from hackers who came before.

Cris Thomas, X-Force Global Lead of Strategy and Special Initiatives, Space Rogue/IBM

Cris Thomas, also known as "Space Rogue," uses his 20-plus years of experience to help clients understand their risks and how they can meet compliance and security challenges. A founding member and researcher at the high-profile hacker security think tank L0pht Heavy Industries, Thomas was one of seven L0pht members who testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs (1999) on the topic of government and homeland computer security. Space Rogue's later advocacy has served to educate and advise corporations, government, and the Public about security concerns and relative risk and balancing perspective (risk vs. hype).