Speaker Biographies

Kurt Baumgartner
Senior Security Researcher, Americas, Global Research and Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab

Kurt joined Kaspersky Lab in 2010 and is responsible for monitoring the malware landscape across the Americas and enhancing Kaspersky Lab technologies and solutions.
Kurt came to the company from Symantec – PC Tools ThreatFire where he was VP of Behavioral Threat Research. Originally joining ThreatFire as a start-up in 2005 as their sole researcher, he built up and led their research efforts through two successful acquisitions. Prior to Symantec, Kurt was Chief Threat Officer at Novatix and a Threat Analyst at SonicWALL.

Justin Cappos
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Justin Cappos is an assistant professor at NYU's Polytechnic Institute. Justin's research interests generally fall broadly in the area of systems security. He focuses on understanding high-impact, large-scale problems by building and measuring deployed systems. His dissertation work was on Stork, a secure and efficient package manager that has been in use for the past eight years. Improvements pioneered in Stork have been adopted by most major Linux package managers including APT, YUM, Pacman, and YaST. Justin is also the creator and lead for the Seattle testbed.

Neil Hershfield
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Neil Hershfield is employed with Cybersecurity and Communications of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security. Neil is Deputy Section Manager for ICS-CERT, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team.

Prior to his current role, Neil was Program Manager for the National Cyber Security Division Mission Support contract with SRA International, Inc. Previously, Neil was employed with The Dow Chemical Company and held a variety of managerial and leadership positions in Economic Development, the Chemical Sector Cyber Security Program, Global eCommerce, Marketing and Sales.

Esmond Kane
Director of IT Security for Policy, Risk and Compliance, Harvard University Information Technology

Esmond has been working for 17+ years in various IT roles across the Healthcare, Finance and Education spheres. His most recent role is as Director of IT Security for Policy, Risk and Compliance at Harvard University Information Technology. He won a Nemertes PilotHouse 2009 Innovator award for his efforts towards a Sustainable Data Center in the Harvard Art Museum.

Ryan Naraine
Security Evangelist, Americas, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab

Ryan has extensive experience in computer security user education. He specializes in operating system and third-party application vulnerabilities, zero-day attacks, social engineering and social networking threats, and issues related to responsible vulnerability disclosure.

He has monitored security and hacker attack trends for over 10 years, writing for eWEEK magazine and ZDNet‘s Zero Day blog.

Before joining Kaspersky Lab’s research team, Ryan created and edited Threatpost.com, Kaspersky Lab‘s security news service. He is based in the USA.

Roel Schouwenberg
Senior Anti-Virus Researcher, Americas, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab

Roel joined Kaspersky Lab in 2004 as a Senior Technology Consultant for the BNL region. Since 2008, Roel has worked as a Senior Anti-Virus Researcher in North America where he is responsible for monitoring the regional malware situation and for preliminary analysis of the threat situation. Roel specializes in the classic virus techniques used in today's malware and works on the improvement of proactive detection capabilities. In addition, Roel also conducts research into the vulnerabilities of many different types of file formats. Roel is a regular presenter at industry conferences. He is also a founder member of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) and currently serves as part of AMTSO’s Board of Directors.