Chris Rogers is a 20-year industry security specialist who works with CyberDefenses Inc. as the virtual security operations center (SOC) team lead.
Chris is a passionate believer that while security is complicated, it is far from the wizard-like magic many vendors make it out to be.
Chris has worked as a forensic examiner and intrusion specialist, solving malware and large-scale intrusion mysteries throughout his career. His experience includes work at the Department of Defense Computer forensic laboratory, and building and managing the malware team at Bank of America.
Having worked in real-time against new and emerging threats or actors, Chris always loves the tactical aspect of the work and the immediacy of intrusion situations, not to mention the personal satisfaction of solving mysteries, protecting assets, and making the world a better place.
Monty St John is a computer science and information security expert, U.S. Navy and Air Force veteran, certified instructor, and author of dozens of classes for CyberDefenses Inc. He has assisted numerous companies build and accredit laboratories, threat teams, and security operations centers (SOCs). He’s also a game designer, speaker, and prolific writer, with two upcoming technical volumes set for 2018.
Monty’s investigative background began in the U.S. Navy, where he spent the better part of a decade seeking out prisoners-of-war and individuals missing in action. Working to resolve and close decades-old cold cases in foreign lands in other tongues crafted a skillset uniquely suited to infosec work. To prove it, Monty shifted from the U.S. Navy to the Air Force, switching uniforms and positions, to the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). The work done at DC3 was pioneering in many ways, and some of the greatest talent in the industry can trace their history back to DC3.
Monty teaches a variety of classes and prefers an active learning approach. He holds a firm belief that critical thinking underpins all fields at some level, but especially in infosec. Every class he crafts sustains this belief and is geared to empowering students to walk away with the ability to sleuth—to outline the problem and then determine the solution. He says, “Once you learn the reason why—the concepts that underpin everything—you will quickly realize that you can take them and apply them to any case, any engagement, or any issue presented.”
He’s a regular speaker and trainer at industry conferences, including BSides, DerbyCon, ISSA Summits, OWASP Summits, and (ISC)2 Summits. He’s also presented security topics to a number of high-profile and Fortune 500 executives.
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