Cybersecurity: Exploring the Business, Application, and Ethics of Information Security

Tod Beardsley

Tod Beardsley, moderator

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Stateside Theater, 719 Congress Ave.
Downtown Austin
5:15 p.m. – Doors and Bar Open
6:00 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Reception
Free and open to the public

Are you absolutely sure you didn’t get the future you were promised? Instead of flying cars, robot nannies, and stylish Lyrca jumpsuits, the 21st Century experience reads more and more like a dystopian cyberpunk novel. Our online lives are rapidly becoming more real than our real lives, and we hear story after story of criminal data breaches, severe outages of critical services, and widespread online surveillance by both government and multinational corporate actors. This spirited panel discussion and Q&A will feature experts across three distinct, but related fields: HD Moore, security researcher and Metasploit founder, Zate Berg, Director of Security at Zenimax Media, and Edward A. Cavazos, IP and First Amendment Attorney. This panel will be moderated by Tod Beardsley, Security Research Manager at Rapid7.

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Tod Beardsley is the Security Research Manager at Rapid7. He has over twenty years of hands-on security knowledge and experience, reaching back to the halcyon days of 2400 baud textfile BBSes and in-band telephony switching. Since then, he has held IT Ops and IT Security positions in large footprint organizations such as 3Com, Dell, and Westinghouse, as both an offensive and defensive practitioner. Today, Tod often speaks at security and developer conferences on open source security software development, managing the human “Layer 8” component of security and software, and reasonable vulnerability disclosure handling.
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