Omar Santos is an active member of the cybersecurity community, where he leads several industry-wide initiatives. He is a best-selling author and trainer. Omar is the author of more than 20 books and video courses, as well as numerous white papers, articles, and security configuration guidelines and best practices. Omar is a principal engineer of the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), Security Research and Operations, where he mentors and leads engineers and incident managers during the investigation and resolution of cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
Omar co-leads the DEF CON Red Team Village, is the chair of the Common Security Advisory Framework (CSAF) technical committee, is the co-chair of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) Open Source Security working group, and has been the chair of several initiatives in the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI). His active role helps businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to increasing the security of their critical infrastructures. You can find additional information about Omar's current projects at h4cker.org and can follow Omar on Twitter @santosomar.
Ron Taylor has been in the information security field for more than 20 years working in various areas focusing on both offense and defense security roles. Ten of those years were spent in consulting. In 2008, he joined the Cisco Global Certification Team as an SME in information assurance. From there, he moved into a position with the Security Research and Operations group, where his focus was mostly on penetration testing of Cisco products and services. He was also involved in developing and presenting security training to internal development and test teams globally, and provided consulting support to many product teams as an SME on product security testing. His next role was incident manager for the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT). Currently, Ron is a security architect specializing in the Cisco security product line. He has held a number of industry certifications, including GPEN, GWEB, GCIA, GCIH, GWAPT, RHCE, CCSP, CCNA, CISSP, PenTest+, and MCSE. Ron has also authored books and video courses, teaches, and is involved in organizing a number of cybersecurity conferences, including the BSides Raleigh, Texas Cyber Summit, Grayhat, and the Red Team Village at DEFCON.
Joseph Mlodzianowski is an information security aficionado and adventurer; he started multiple villages at RSA Conference, DEFCON, and BLACK HAT, among others, including founding the Red Team Village with the help of great friends. He has been in the information technology security field for more than 25 years working in infrastructure, security, networks, systems, design, offense, and defense. Joseph is currently an enterprise security architect of Cisco Managed Services. He spent more than 10 years in the Department of Defense as an operator, principal security network engineer, and SME designing and deploying complex technologies and supporting missions around the world in multiple theaters. He has consulted, investigated, and provided support for multiple federal agencies over the past 15 years. Joseph continues to contribute to content, reviews, and editing in the certification testing and curriculum process. He spent almost 15 years in the energy sector supporting refineries, pipelines, and chemical plants; specializing in industrial control networks; and building data centers. Joseph holds a broad range of certifications, including the Cisco CCIE, CNE, CSNA, CNSS-4012, CISSP, ITILv4, NSA IAM, NSA IEM, OIAC1180, FEMA IS-00317, ACMA, First Responder, Hazmat Certified, Member of Bexar County Sheriff's Office CERT, MCSE, and Certified Hacking Investigator. He also is a founding contributor to the CyManII | Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a member of Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3aawg.org), and founder of the Texas Cyber Summit and Grayhat Conferences. He believes in giving back to the community and supporting nonprofits.