Security Influencers provides real-world insight and “in-the-trenches” experiences on topics ranging from software application security to DevOps and cloud security.


Jeff Williams, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Jeff brings more than 20 years of security leadership experience as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Contrast Security. He recently authored the DZone DevSecOps, IAST, and RASP refcards and speaks frequently at conferences including JavaOne (Java Rockstar), BlackHat, QCon, RSA, OWASP, Velocity, and PivotalOne. Jeff is also a founder and major contributor to OWASP, where he served as Global Chairman for 9 years, and created the OWASP Top 10, OWASP Enterprise Security API, OWASP Application Security Verification Standard, XSS Prevention Cheat Sheet, and many more popular open source projects. Jeff has a BA from Virginia, an MA from George Mason, and a JD from Georgetown.

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Interview: Kevin Peterson, Senior Manager of Risk at McKesson

For this interview, we have with us Kevin Peterson. He's a Senior Manager of Risk at McKesson's Enterprise Information Solutions line of business. Kevin's got 20 years of experience and he spans, I think, just about every role in security that..

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Interview: Mike Murray, Director of Cyber Security at GE Healthcare

So today, we have with us Mike Murray. He's the director of Cyber Security Assessment and Consulting at GE Healthcare. Prior to GE, Mike spent 15 years working from companies across all range - startups that built security products, consulting..

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Interview: Jeff Schilling, Chief Security Officer at FireHost

Today we're talking with Jeff Schilling. Jeff is the Chief Security Officer at FireHost, and prior to that, he was a director of the global Incident Response practice for Dell SecureWorks. Colonel Schilling retired from the U.S. Army, where in..

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Interview: Troy Hunt, Architect at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

Today, I'm pleased to have Troy Hunt with us. Troy has been building web applications in the finance, media and healthcare industries since the early days of the web in the mid '90s. Based out of Sydney Australia, he now works as an architect for..

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Interview: Samy Kamkar, Security & Privacy Researcher

Today, we're talking with my good friend, Samy Kamkar. Samy is a security and privacy researcher, computer hacker, whistleblower, entrepreneur. At the age of 17, he co-founded Fonality. It's a unified communications company which ended up raising..

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Interview: Neil Matatall, Security Engineer at Twitter

In today's interview, I have the pleasure of talking with my friend, Neil Matatall, who is a security engineer at Twitter. He also runs the OWASP Orange County chapter, and he was the organizer of the hugely successful AppSec California..

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Interview: John Howie, COO at the Cloud Security Alliance

In today's interview, I have the pleasure of talking to John Howie. John is the Chief Operating Officer at the Cloud Security Alliance. John has over 20 years of experience in information and communications technology in a variety of industry..

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Interview: Brian Chess, SVP of Infrastructure & Security at NetSuite

In today's interview, I have the pleasure of talking to Brian Chess. Brian is the Senior Vice President of Infrastructure and Security Engineering at NetSuite and is formerly the Founder and Chief Scientist of Fortify, which was acquired by HP...

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Interview: John Jack, Former CEO at Fortify Software

For this interview, I have the pleasure of talking to John Jack. John is the former CEO at Fortify Software, now part of HP Enterprise Security, and he also is or has been a member of the board at several security companies including Cenzic,..

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Interview: Nick Galbreath, CTO of Signal Sciences

In today's interview, I have the pleasure of catching up with Nick Galbreath. Nick is CTO and Founder of Signal Sciences, a new company focusing on web application defense and security monitoring. Over the last 20 years, Nick has held leadership..

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