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Jeff Moss

Founder and Director, Black Hat and DEF CON

Member, Homeland Security Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Jeff Moss is the founder and director of Black Hat and DEF CON, two of the most important security conferences in the world; he is one of the most sought-after voices in information security. Moss bridges the gap between the underground researcher community and law enforcement, between the worlds of pure research and responsible application.

Moss speaks frequently before a wide range of audiences on the topic of computer and information security. In 2009, he was appointed to the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to homeland security. He moderated a panel at RSA 2009 on core infrastructure security threats. Moss was a keynote speaker at the DOD Cybercrime Conference in St. Louis in 2009, spoke at the first CodeGate conference in South Korea in 2008, the first DeepSec conference in Vienna in 2007, as was a panelist at the Democracy, Terrorism, and the Open Internet conference in 2005 in Madrid.

Moss has appeared on many news programs, ranging from CNN to G4 TechTV, in magazines such as Business Week to Computer World, as well as in numerous documentaries dealing with internet, law, ethics, hacking, and privacy. Moss has contributed to “Stealing the Network,” a series of books that combine stories that are fictional with technology that is real.

Prior to Black Hat Briefings, Moss was a director at Secure Computing Corporation, where he helped establish the Professional Services Department in the United States, Asia, and Australia. He has also worked for Ernst & Young, LLP in their Information System Security division.

Moss graduated with a BA in criminal justice from Gonzaga University.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.