Program Speakers

Speakers – IT-DEFENSE 2017

Jaya Baloo

Jaya Baloo is the CISO of KPN Telecom in the Netherlands. She won the Cyber Security Executive of the Year Award in 2015. Being engaged in the information security area for the past 18 years, she has worked mostly for global telecommunications companies, such as Verizon and France Telecom. Jaya is also a frequent speaker at security conferences on subjects around lawful interception, mass surveillance, and cryptography.

Nick Biasini

Nick Biasini’s interest in computers and technology started at a young age when he tore apart his parents’ brand new 486SX PC. Ever since he has been tinkering with computers in one way or another.

In his time with Talos, Nick has been responsible for exposing new details to major threats, with a focus on crimeware. This includes exposing the Angler exploit kit, identifying new techniques like Domain Shadowing, helping to stop a large scale Nuclear exploit kit campaign, and revealing clever spam campaigns delivering ransomware.

Nick has a master’s degree in digital forensics from the University of Central Florida and has worked for government and private sector environments in his career.

Chris Böhme

Chris Böhme, an electronic engineer by training, is the lead software architect and co-founder of Pinkmatter Solutions. In 1998, he started out in the field of network security and cryptographic appliances. Chris is currently involved in creating systems for natural language processing, big data mining, satellite image interpretation and information visualization. In 2007, he co-founded the start-up Paterva, where he architects the information collection and visualization tool Maltego. Maltego is widely used in intelligence and law enforcement for everything from social media mining to network analysis.

Thomas Dullien / Halvar Flake

Thomas Dullien / Halvar Flake started work in reverse engineering and digital rights management in the mid-90s, and he began to apply reverse engineering to vulnerability research shortly thereafter. He pioneered early Windows heap exploitation, patch diffing / bindiffing and various other reverse-engineering techniques.

In 2004, he started zynamics, a company focused on reverse-engineering technologies. He continued publishing about reverse engineering, ROP gadget search and knowledge-management technologies in relation to reverse engineering.

In 2011, zynamics was acquired by Google, and Halvar spent the next few years working on defensive technologies that leveraged the then hot buzzwords "big data" and "machine learning". In summer 2015, Halvar received the Lifetime Achievement Pwnie and decided to take a year off to travel, read and surf. He is now back at Google.

Anders Fogh

Anders Fogh works as a principal malware analyst at G DATA Advanced Analytics. Prior to joining G DATA, he has worked as a software engineer dealing with low-level software for 16 years. Since 1993, he has been an avid malware hobbyist, and he has reverse-engineering experience with operating systems from DOS to present-day OSs as well as devices ranging from DVD players to USB sticks. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Aarhus. He was the first to suggest a software solution to the row hammer attack, and he has researched extensively on microarchitecture attacks. In 2015, he presented his research at Black Hat, and in 2016 at Hack In the Box as well as Black Hat.

Dan Guido

Dan Guido leads the strategic vision for Trail of Bits’s products and services, and manages its day-to-day operations. Dan prioritizes work on automated, scalable tools that make a measurable impact for elite organizations ranging from Facebook to DARPA.

Since founding Trail of Bits in 2012, Dan has built the company with people that span the gap between academic research and real-world problems. He pushes his team to combine the latest in computer science with modern attackers’ tactics, techniques and procedures.

It’s through this approach that Trail of Bits addresses the root causes of its clients’ challenges, and develops tools that make a lasting impact. When possible, Dan prefers to share the knowledge those tools embody, and to open-source them for the infosec community.

In addition to his professional work, Dan helps moderate Reddit Netsec, organizes Empire Hacking, and supports ambitious start-ups through hack/secure.

Sami Laiho

Sami Laiho is one of the world’s leading professionals in the Windows OS. Sami has been working with and teaching OS troubleshooting, management, and security for more than 15 years. Sami’s session was evaluated as the best session in TechEd North America, Europe and Australia in 2014, and Nordic Infrastructure Conference in 2016. and Twitter: @samilaiho

Adam Laurie

Adam "Major Malfunction" Laurie is a security consultant working in the field of electronic communications, and a Director of Aperture Labs Ltd., who specialize in reverse engineering of secure systems. He started in the computer industry in the late Seventies, and quickly became interested in the underlying network and data protocols. During this period, he successfully disproved the industry lie that music CDs could not be read by computers, and wrote the world's first CD ripper, 'CDGRAB'. He was also involved various early open source projects, including 'Apache-SSL' which went on to become the de-facto standard secure web server. Since the late Nineties he has focused his attention on security, and has been the author of various papers exposing flaws in Internet services and/or software.

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Christof Paar

Christof Paar has the Chair for Embedded Security at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, and is research professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He co-founded CHES (Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems), the leading international conference on applied cryptography. Christof’s research interests include efficient crypto implementations, hardware security, and security analysis of real-world systems. He also works on applications of embedded security, e.g. in cars or consumer devices. He holds an ERC Advanced Grant in hardware security and is spokesperson for two doctoral research schools, UbiCrypt and SecHuman. Christof has over 180 peer-reviewed publications, and he is co-author of the textbook Understanding Cryptography (Springer, 2009).
He is Fellow of the IEEE and has given invited talks at MIT, Yale, Stanford, IBM Labs and Intel.

Christof co-founded ESCRYPT Inc., a leading system provider for automotive security. ESCRYPT is now part of Bosch.

Jayson E. Street

Jayson E. Street is an author of Dissecting the hack: series. Jayson is also the DEF CON Groups Global Coordinator.He has also spoken at DEF CON, DerbyCon, UCON and at several other CONs and colleges on a variety of Information Security subjects. His life story can be found on Google under “Jayson E. Street”.

He is a highly carbonated speaker, who has partaken of Pizza from Beijing to Brazil. He does not expect anybody to still be reading this far but if they are, please note he was chosen as one of Time’s persons of the year for 2006.

Stefan Strobel

CEO and Founder of cirosec GmbH

Stefan Strobel, born in 1970, studied Medical Informatics at Heidelberg University and Intelligence Artificielle at LIA of the University of Savoie in Chambery, France.

Before and during his studies, he had already worked freelance for several IT companies. In 1995, he was one of the founders of Centaur Communication GmbH in Heilbronn, which was sold to the UK company Integralis in 1998, then became Articon-Integralis AG and later NTT Com Security.

At Centaur Communication GmbH, Stefan Strobel was responsible for successfully reorganizing the company to focus solely on IT security. He was the Head of Technology at IntegralisCentaur GmbH, and he designed and implemented some of the first and largest firewall environments used by multinational companies.

When the company was sold, he became Technical Development Director at IntegralisCentaur GmbH, and he was responsible for the selection and evaluation of new technologies and trends at Articon-Integralis AG.

Early in 2002, Stefan Strobel founded cirosec GmbH with some of his former colleagues, and he has been the company’s CEO ever since.

In addition to his regular work, he gives lectures at conferences on current IT security topics, trends, new technologies and security strategies, and he is responsible for the program of the IT-Defense Security Conference. Moreover, he has worked as a lecturer on IT security at different universities.

Stefan Strobel has more than 20 years of experience in consulting major companies with very high security requirements and in developing concepts and policies.

Moreover, he is the author of several technical books, which have been published in different languages, and he frequently publishes articles on IT security in specialist magazines.

Alexandre Triffault

Alexandre Triffault and his assistant are experts in the field of defeating mechanical and electronic locks.

Besides training professionals in non-destructive opening techniques, they also offer a forensic lock investigation service to help investigate if NDE techniques have been used for a lock.

Tavish Vaidya

I am a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA. My research broadly focuses on network security and privacy issues in digital and cyber-physical systems.

Prof. Dr. Jens Weidner

The best-selling author Prof. Dr. phil. Jens Weidner (born in 1958) knows how to use aggressions constructively and how to assert oneself to do good. His book “Die Peperoni-Strategie” was at the top of the best-seller lists for weeks and is considered a career strategy classic.

After his social work studies with a focus on criminology in Lüneburg, Tübingen and Philadelphia, in 1984 Jens Weidner worked with violent gang members from New York, Washington and Philadelphia at Glen Mills School, USA. He developed the “Anti-Aggressivitäts-Training® (AAT®)” (anger management training) for violent repeat offenders, implementing it in Hameln Juvenile Prison. Moreover, from 1993 to 2000, he developed the certified training for “Anti-Aggressivitäts-und Coolness-Trainer®” (anger management and coolness trainer) at the Institute for Social Work and Social Education in Frankfurt am Main, where he also implemented it. In 1991, he did his doctorate with a thesis on anger management training for violent criminals. Since 1995, he has been working as a professor for educational sciences and criminology at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Being a management trainer at the Swiss Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, he trains assertiveness in managers and has since 1994 been offering aggression seminar service and management training in cooperation with the stage and TV actor Lutz Herkenrath.

Since 2005, he has been a co-owner of the Deutsches Institut für Konfrontative Pädagogik (German institute for confrontational pedagogy) and since 2007, initiator of the yearly awarded “Exzellenzpreis Soziale Arbeit” (excellence award social work) of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, LIONS Club Hamburg 13 and Siemens.

When in 2005, his economic book “Die Peperoni-Strategie. So setzen Sie Ihre natürliche Aggression konstruktiv um” was published, it ranked number one for 33 weeks in the Financial Times Germany bestseller ranking and was published in Korea, Taiwan, Poland, Spain and Russia. The book “Hart, aber unfair” was recommended by German newspapers like the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung already shortly after its publication.

Weidner is not only an excellent author but also an outstanding speaker: In 2008, he was awarded the Excellence Speakers Award by “Unternehmen Erfolg”. His presentations are as entertaining and instructive as his books.

Jörg Ziercke
Former President Federal Criminal Police Office

  • 47 years of police service, 36 years of service for the Schleswig-Holstein state police, retired in November 2014
  • 11 years as president of the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), Germany)
  • Member in the establishment team of Europol as a representative of Germany 1996
  • Chairman of the EU’s Police Chief Task Force 2010
  • Chairman of the “Working Group of the heads of the state criminal police offices with the Bundeskriminalamt” from 2004 to December 2014
  • Member as president of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in the EU’s Police Chief Task Force from 2004 to November 2014
  • Member as president of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) of the INTERPOL European Regional Conference and member of INTERPOL World from 2004 to November 2014
  • Chairman of Working Group II of the Interior Ministers‘ Conference from 1998 to 2004
  • Head of section and chief of the police department at the Ministry of the Interior of Schleswig Holstein from 1996 to 2004
  • Advisor on principles of the police department at the Ministry of the Interior of Schleswig Holstein and representative of the chief of department from 1991 to 1996
  • Head of the state police academy of Schleswig Holstein from 1989 to 1991 / Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 1991
  • Personnel officer of the state police of Schleswig Holstein from 1985 to 1989
  • Head of the criminal investigation department of Neumünster from 1979 to 1985
  • Studies at the Police Academy Münster/Hiltrup from 1977 to 1979

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