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Tripwire Guest Authors

Tripwire Guest Authors

Tripwire invites topical posts on security and risk management from some of the leading experts in the field. The opinions expressed in the articles are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc. If you are interested in contributing to The State of Security Blog, please contact us socialmediastrategies at tripwire dot com.

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Lamar Bailey

Lamar Bailey

Lamar Bailey is responsible for leading Tripwire's Vulnerability and Exposures Research Team (VERT), which is comprised of world-renowned security engineers and researchers who scour the globe looking for the latest public and private vulnerabilities, then write detection algorithms based on a propriety OS, Application, and threat fingerprinting techniques for inclusion in Tripwire's commercial Vulnerability Management products.

The tripwire Vulnerability Assessment engine is part of IP360 and it is the brains for detecting network assets and evaluating these assets using the VERT algorithms. This team is comprised of world class software developers/engineers with low level understanding system and network programming.

Lamar Bailey has contributed 9 posts to The State of Security.

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Aaron Beck

Aaron Beck

Aaron is a Senior Product Manager at Tripwire, responsible for Platforms and Appliances. His charter at Tripwire is to drive the physical and virtualized appliance strategy to ensure Tripwire has the offerings to match customer needs. Prior to joining Tripwire, he worked for the Boeing Defense, Space, & Security subsidiary Narus, where he focused on delivering cyber security analytics and intercept solutions to some of the world’s largest telecommunications carriers, service providers, and government organizations. He is based in San Jose, CA, where you’ll likely find him on the sidelines of a soccer pitch or at a Sharks hockey game.

Aaron Beck has contributed 1 post to The State of Security.

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David Bisson

David Bisson

David is a graduate of Bard College, where he received a B.A. in Political Studies. He is interested in information security, a passion he first discovered while writing his senior thesis on the U.S. military’s integration of digital weapons. Before joining Tripwire as a Contributor Author, David worked as Editor for Information Security Buzz. Looking ahead, he intends to pursue a career that balances a technical understanding of information security with his love for infosec journalism.

David Bisson has contributed 134 posts to The State of Security.

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Shelley Boose

Shelley Boose

Shelley Boose is the Public Relations Director for Tripwire, and possesses the unique ability to effectively facilitate the production of PR and media material from a wide variety of resources. Shelley has extensive professional relationships with top journalists from a wide number of publications, and with her more than fifteen years of experience in the PR game, she is an important part of Tripwire's corporate communications team.

Shelley Boose has contributed 74 posts to The State of Security.

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Katherine Brocklehurst

Katherine Brocklehurst

Katherine Brocklehurst has been involved in product management and product marketing in network security for more than 15 years. Working with network security technologies, ranging from protocols to core encryption to intrusion detection and prevention to XML firewalls for web apps, she’s touched every layer in the ISO model. As senior product marketing manager at Tripwire, Katherine now focuses on helping enterprises secure and harden their system configurations to combat escalating threats in our highly connected world.

Katherine Brocklehurst has contributed 24 posts to The State of Security.

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Graham Cluley

Graham Cluley

Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, researcher and public speaker. He has been working in the computer security industry since the early 1990s, having been employed by companies such as Sophos, McAfee and Dr Solomon's. He has given talks about computer security for some of the world's largest companies, worked with law enforcement agencies on investigations into hacking groups, and regularly appears on TV and radio explaining computer security threats.

Graham Cluley was inducted into the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2011, and was given an honorary mention in the "10 Greatest Britons in IT History" for his contribution as a leading authority in internet security.

Graham Cluley has contributed 26 posts to The State of Security.

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Chris Conacher

Chris Conacher

Accomplished information security professional with over 15 years experience in security specific roles covering management, lead, analyst, architect, engineer, and operations positions.

Chris Conacher has contributed 2 posts to The State of Security.

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Alexandre Cox

Alexandre Cox

With over 15 years of experience under his belt, Alex Cox has become a familiar voice in Information Security industry. As a SANS certified trainer and technology leader in Systems Engineering for Tripwire, Alex taps vast experience including a background in systems and network management, synthetic speech software development, web systems design and security consulting. These experiences have shaped him into both a patented software author and BlackHat-decorated WhiteHat hacker. Whether it's delivering SANS cyber-security courses, speaking at conferences or designing the next intrusion detection program with a client, Alex has found his true calling as an Info-Sec road warrior. No matter the challenge before him, you can bet that he has the same easy-going smile on his face. Of course, according to him: he has the best job ever!

Alexandre Cox has contributed 2 posts to The State of Security.

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Mike Dooley

Mike Dooley

Mike is a seasoned technical manager leading network and security engineers at Tripwire. He is responsible for daily network operations as well as strategic Information Security initiatives.

Mike Dooley has contributed 2 posts to The State of Security.

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Tim Erlin

Tim Erlin

Tim Erlin is a Director of Product Management at Tripwire, and is responsible for the Suite360 product line including Vulnerability Management, Configuration Auditing, and Policy Compliance. Previously, in his nearly 10 year tenure at nCircle, he has also held the positions of Senior Sales Engineer and QA Engineer. Tim’s career in information technology began with project management, customer service, as well as systems and network administration. Tim is a member of ISSA, and frequently hosts corporate webinars on various topics, including regulatory compliance.

Tim Erlin has contributed 19 posts to The State of Security.

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Chris Fisher

Chris Fisher

Before he realized security was a valid career choice, Chris spent 14 seasons as a commercial fisherman, casting his nets from California to Alaska in search of tasty sea creatures. In 1986 he saw the light and became an IT security auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers, started casting a new net for security bad guys, and earned his CISA in 1990 (yes this was before the internet – do you remember RACF?). Since then he has held a variety of positions in IT and Marketing and is now happy to be part of the security industry again at Tripwire. The technology has changed, but the issues haven’t -- it’s still about coordinating people, process, and technology to deliver controls that provide an acceptable level of risk mitigation for the business.

Chris Fisher has contributed 4 posts to The State of Security.

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Eva Hanscom

Eva Hanscom

Eva Hanscom assists with public relations and social media at Tripwire. She works with our PR Director to develop press releases and pitches, tracks media coverage and copyedits blog content; and also supports the Community Engagement Coordinator with Tripwire’ social media accounts. Eva received a B.A. in Anthropology and Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a special emphasis on online communication and culture.

Eva Hanscom has contributed 135 posts to The State of Security.

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Kelly Hoeffner

Kelly Hoeffner

Kelly is Tripwire’s Customer Engagement Specialist, focusing on our customers experience and sharing their success with the greater community. Outside of work, you can find her out enjoying her new home of Portland, hiking, golfing, traveling, and watching her beloved Minnesota Vikings! Keep your eyes peeled, you may even see her on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters! To learn more about our customer programs, feel free to reach out to advocates@tripwire.com.

Kelly Hoeffner has contributed 14 posts to The State of Security.

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Mandy Huth

Mandy Huth

Mandy is a Senior Manager for IT Security, Operations and Infrastructure at Tripwire, who leads staff in operational efficiency and business enablement projects, provides technical and managerial leadership to the security, system and network engineers, and Service Desk professionals that support the company's worldwide corporate and R&D Lab information technology infrastructure. Mandy strives to discover solution requirements through business partnership, while balancing strategy and operational efficiency, each day is an opportunity to impact the business in a positive way.

Mandy Huth has contributed 9 posts to The State of Security.

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Elizabeth Ireland

Elizabeth Ireland

Elizabeth Ireland brings a unique mix of security, technology, business development, strategy and marketing knowledge as well as 10 years of financial and audit experience to her current role as VP of Product Marketing at Tripwire. Elizabeth joined Tripwire as part of the acquisition of nCircle and is currently getting to know and enjoy all the great things Portland has to offer.

Elizabeth Ireland has contributed 2 posts to The State of Security.

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Irfahn Khimji

Irfahn Khimji

Irfahn holds a CISSP certification and brings a wide range of expertise in the field of Information Security specializing in Vulnerability Management, Compliance, Risk Identification and Scoring, as well as Social Engineering. He is a recognized leader in building Information Security Solutions and Customer Satisfaction. He has experience providing technical security leadership and guidance to Fortune 500 accounts, as well as smaller companies, in several verticals including financial, energy/commercial, healthcare, and retail. See what he’s thinking on Twitter @TheRealKhimji

Irfahn Khimji has contributed 8 posts to The State of Security.

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Kelly Lang

Kelly Lang

Kelly Lang is Tripwire's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Lang is a strategic and operationally focused executive with a proven record of initiating and driving positive change throughout a company. He has over 25 years of progressive finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations and M&A experience with primarily publicly traded businesses as well as venture backed and private equity. Lang has a reputation for building, developing and managing successful business minded teams to support growing and dynamic environments.

Kelly Lang has contributed 2 posts to The State of Security.

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Bob Loihl

Bob Loihl

Bob Loihl is a Software Engineer with 20+ years of experience developing business applications, leading teams and spreading the security word. He has a strong interest in delivering applications that are secure by design in an agile world. He has been helping Tripwire grow and mature its development processes for the last 10 years and his current hobby is incorporating SSDLC (Secure Software Development Life-Cycle) processes into the software manufacturing process. Bob is passionate about family, software, canoes and guitars. In his spare time he works at Tripwire producing high quality software using Agile methodologies. Oh yeah, he cares a tiny bit about security.

Bob Loihl has contributed 5 posts to The State of Security.

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Daniel Magana

Daniel Magana

With a B.S. in Information Technology from Oregon Tech, Daniel loves solving business problems with technology. Through his studies he became obsessed with securing corporate infrastructure and soon began exploring a career in InfoSec. After a couple System Administration roles he is currently a Security Analyst at Tripwire. Outside of work Daniel enjoys trail running, attending concerts, and playing and listening to music.

Daniel Magana has contributed 2 posts to The State of Security.

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Dwayne Melancon

Dwayne Melancon

I am Tripwire's CTO, and joined Tripwire at the turn of the century. I live a life of genuine curiosity, so the best thing about my job at Tripwire is traveling around the world and learning about our customers and their goals. When I travel, I avoid middle seats whenever possible.

Dwayne Melancon has contributed 140 posts to The State of Security.

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David Meltzer

David Meltzer

David is Chief Research Officer at Tripwire where he is responsible for working with customers, partners, and industry experts to imagine, innovate, and deliver on advancing the state of the art in protecting Tripwire’s customers from the most sophisticated attackers in the world. David previously served as VP/Engineering at Tripwire, joining in 2013 through its acquisition of nCircle where he served as Chief Technology Officer and VP/Engineering. David has been an entrepreneur, leader, software developer, security researcher, and generally obsessed with network security for the last two decades.

David Meltzer has contributed 9 posts to The State of Security.

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Cameron Naghdi

Cameron Naghdi

Regional Systems Engineer for Tripwire.

Cameron Naghdi has contributed 1 post to The State of Security.

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Chris Orr

Chris Orr

Chris Orr has been employed by Tripwire, Inc. since September 2000. Initially hired to develop and deliver training materials for such golden oldies as Tripwire for Servers and Tripwire for Routers, he quickly moved on into the Systems Engineering group where he has been ever since. His role initially required him to provide technical assistance to regions covering 27 states and all of the Federal government, but as the company has grown His territory has been whittled down to the Pacific Northwest, Western Canada and Western Enterprise (which…when he thinks about it…is still the largest geographic territory in the company…) Currently based out of scenic Lake Stevens, WA, when not flying to such lovely places as Winnipeg or Boise, Chris is teaching his daughter how to play guitar or going on Scouting trips with his son.

Chris Orr has contributed 39 posts to The State of Security.

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Tyler Reguly

Tyler Reguly

Tyler Reguly is a Manager of Software Development with Tripwire, and a key member of VERT (Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team), where he focuses on web application security and vulnerability detection. Tyler is involved in industry initiatives such as CVSS-SIG and WASSEC, and has spoken at many security events, including SecTOR and OWASP Toronto. Additionally, he has contributed to the Computer Systems Technology curriculum at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario by developing and teaching a number of security related courses. Tyler is frequently quoted by security industry press and is a prolific blogger.

Tyler Reguly has contributed 42 posts to The State of Security.

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Maritza Santillan

Maritza Santillan

Maritza Santillan is a marketing specialist, responsible for corporate communication efforts and social media at Tripwire. She studied at the University of Oregon and earned a B.A. in journalism with an emphasis on public relations and business administration. Maritza enjoys exploring the Northwest, trying new restaurants and cheering on the Ducks!

Maritza Santillan has contributed 145 posts to The State of Security.

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Gajraj Singh

Gajraj Singh

Gajraj Singh is Tripwire's Director of Product Marketing, and is an accomplished marketing and product executive with extensive experience in various leadership positions including marketing, product management, sales, biz dev and profit center management. A strategic executive with a unique blend of experience in security, networking and mobility, he is focused on high growth outcome business execution.

Gajraj Singh has contributed 1 post to The State of Security.

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Edward Smith

Edward Smith

Edward Smith has been implementing, supporting, and marketing technology products for over 15 years and is currently Product Marketing Manager for Vulnerability Management solutions at Tripwire. Edward has held various positions as a Systems Engineer, Sales Engineer, Support Manager, and Technical Trainer for companies like Dell, Adobe, and Gateway. Outside of work Edward enjoys snowboarding, camping, and karaoke - and has been thinking about combining the three into an extreme sport!

Edward Smith has contributed 14 posts to The State of Security.

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David Spark

David Spark

David Spark is a veteran tech journalist and founder of Spark Media Solutions, a media consulting and production company. Acting as the "media" of "social media," Spark Media Solutions helps its clients be seen as leading voices in their field through brand-quality media production and distribution through top tier media channels.

David Spark has contributed 156 posts to The State of Security.

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Andrew Swoboda

Andrew Swoboda

Andrew Swoboda is a Security Researcher and Software Engineer for Tripwire, and is part of the Vulnerability and Exposures Research Team (VERT). Though Andrew only recently completed his collegiate training, he is recognized as an up and coming player in the vulnerability management arena.

Andrew Swoboda has contributed 4 posts to The State of Security.

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Lane Thames

Lane Thames

Lane Thames is a software development engineer and security researcher with Tripwire’s Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team (VERT). As a member of VERT, Lane develops software that detects applications, devices, and operating systems along with vulnerability detection and management software. He also spends time looking for new vulnerabilities, contributing to the Tripwire State of Security blog, and understanding emerging cybersecurity threats. Lane received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has spent over 10 years working in information technology and software/hardware development. Lane worked for nCircle prior to their acquisition, and continues his research work now for Tripwire.

Lane Thames has contributed 7 posts to The State of Security.

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Mitch Thomas

Mitch Thomas

I've had a well rounded technical life. It all started with building an electric motor from scratch with my Dad. That led to a college degree in Electrical Engineering, and then my first true technology job working at IBM's Almaden Research Center. Then it was on to "real jobs" such as an instructor writing system administration manuals and teaching classes from them in far flung places like Tokyo, testing and developing internet advertising systems, building highly concurrent distributed key-value data storage and finally landing here at Tripwire where as a System Architect I enable teams to design and build security systems that make the online world a safer place.

Mitch Thomas has contributed 5 posts to The State of Security.

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Cindy Valladares

Cindy Valladares

As the Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, I lead our community engagement, social media, analyst relations, customer advocacy, competitive intelligence and speaking opportunities (yeah, and many more unofficial duties). A Product Marketer at heart, I live by the NIHITO (nothing interesting happens in the office) motto. I crave engagement with all of you and are in a continuous quest to learn from others. I enjoy traveling, reading and experiencing different cultures. It's a privilege to work with the energetic, collaborative and fantastic team at Tripwire. Together we develop, market and sell kick-ass products for your enjoyment.

Cindy Valladares has contributed 147 posts to The State of Security.

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Andrew Wagner

Andrew Wagner

Andrew Wagner is a Director of Engineering at Tripwire, and leads the teams that produce and maintain Tripwire Enterprise and Data Mart. He started at Tripwire nearly a decade ago as a user interface developer and has extensive experience with the ins and outs of the products. Andrew has been developing software in small companies and large, as a developer and consultant, for nearly 20 years. His focus is on developing the agile systems that allow Tripwire to produce the highest-quality, innovative software possible.

Andrew Wagner has contributed 10 posts to The State of Security.

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Ken Westin

Ken Westin

Ken is a security researcher with 14 years experience building and breaking things through the use/misuse of technology. His technology exploits and endeavors have been featured in Forbes, Good Morning America, Dateline, New York Times, The Economist and has won awards from MIT, CTIA, Oregon Technology Awards, SXSW, Entrepreneur and named in Portland Business Journal's 2013 "40 Under 40". He has worked with law enforcement and journalists utilizing various technologies to unveil organized crime rings, recover stolen cars, even a car jacking amongst other crimes.

Ken Westin has contributed 130 posts to The State of Security.

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Andrew Whaples

Andrew Whaples

Andrew Whaples and his merry band of acronyms, CSP, CSM, PMI-ACP, PMP, MBA, are helping Tripwire adopt and master Agile Practices within their software development organization. Having cut his teeth in large waterfall methodologies, Andrew has seen many sides of the software development paradigm and has embraced Agile’s focus on delivering incremental customer value through highly motivated, highly supported and high-performing teams of craftsmen. Helping teams grow and sustain a passion for their work is his passion, and collaboration is his main tool of choice. When he’s not slaying impediments Andrew enjoys reading, gardening and anything that gets him out into the wild.

Andrew Whaples has contributed 2 posts to The State of Security.

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Craig Young

Craig Young

Craig Young is a Computer Security Researcher with Tripwire's Vulnerability and Exposures Research Team (VERT) who has published numerous CVE) in his career and has been honored (Q1-Q3 2013) for his role in disclosing vulnerabilities in the Google eco-system. Craig is one of the most externally active VERT researchers – he has given talks at BSides SF 2013 and DEFCON 21 on vulnerabilities he discovered in Google authentication systems. Craig has also identified vulnerabilities in various products and open source software projects, working with them to understand and resolve security problems.

Craig Young has contributed 29 posts to The State of Security.

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