Brian Krebs is by many measures the world’s most famous InfoSec journalist and blogger, and the author of cybercrime blog KrebsOnSecurity.com. From 1995 to 2009, Krebs was a journalist for the Washington Post. When his home network was overrun by a Chinese hacking group in 2001, he turned his investigative talents to cybercrime.
Today, Krebs is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on cybercrime. As The New York Times put it in a 2014 article, Krebs “is so entrenched in the digital underground that he is on a first-name basis with some of Russia’s major cybercriminals.”
In 2008, Krebs’ investigation for the Washington Post led to the shutdown of a ring of fraudulent domain registrars and hosts. In 2010, he was the first journalist to report on the now-famous Stuxnet. In 2013, he uncovered the internet’s biggest-known credit card heist, the Target Data Breach, which affected as many as 70 million customers.
In 2016, Krebs’ own blog was struck by one of the largest-ever recorded DDoS attacks after his investigative reporting led to the arrest of two Israeli hackers running a DDoS-for-hire service.
Krebs 2014 book, Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime—from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door, won a 2015 PROSE Award.
Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. His life is the subject of the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie, Catch Me If You Can, where Frank’s early life was played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Between the ages of 15 and 21, Frank embarked on a career that would make him the country’s most famous confidence trickster, check forger and imposter. He flew over one million miles on Pan Am posing as a pilot, worked in a Georgia hospital for 11 months posing as a physician, and worked as a lawyer in the Louisiana Attorney General’s office using a forged transcript from Harvard.
After his capture; imprisonment in France, Sweden and the United States; and escape and eventual recapture, Abagnale was released on parole on the condition that he use his expertise to assist the federal government in investigating crimes of forgery and fraud. Since that time, Abagnale has been working with the FBI, and operates the security consulting firm Abagnale & Associates. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC), which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs.
Ann Barron-DiCamillo is the Vice President for Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Response at American Express. She is responsible for managing the credit card issuer’s cybersecurity operations and directing cyber threat intelligence, information security monitoring, security incident response and forensics investigations.
Before coming to American Express, Barron-DiCamillo served as director for the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) from 2013 through 2016. At the DHS, Barron-DiCamillo led a 24x7 cyber operation center that receives and analyzes hundreds of incident reports and over 40 billion network transactions each day, and worked with over 400 public- and private-sector partner organizations.
Before her time at US-CERT, Barron-DiCamillo spent four years with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) at Fort Meade, Maryland. She held positions as the Chief of the Capabilities and Control Branch and the Chief Engineer of the Enclave Host Security Division. She was also responsible for ensuring that solutions provided for and incorporated protection, detection, diagnosis and reaction capabilities into Department of Defense (DOD) information and information systems.
Barron-DiCamillo also serves as an adjunct professor for the American University in Washington, D.C., where she teaches Cybersecurity Risk Management & Governance for graduates and undergraduates. She is an advisor to the board of Cybersecurity Ventures, and is on the Cyber Security Medical Advisory Board of St. Jude Medical.
Kevin Mitnick is often regarded as the “World’s Most Famous Hacker,” and was the first hacker to be placed on the FBI’s most wanted list.
From the 1970s through the 1990s, Mitnick mixed hacking and social engineering in a trademark style that gained him access to the country’s most sensitive networks. Kevin’s first hack, at the age of 13, was obtaining a ticket punch that let him ride the Los Angeles bus system for free. By the age of 16, Mitnick had gained access to his first unauthorized computer system. That same year, he and some friends talked their way into Packard Bell offices to copy passwords and plant their own secret identities. This adventure resulted in Mitnick’s first run-in with the law at 17, which included three months in juvenile detention and a year of probation. By the age of 18, Mitnick had gained access to Pentagon computer systems.
During his heyday, Mitnick was accused of penetrating the computer systems of over 40 corporations, including Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment Corporation, Motorola and Netcom.
In 1993, while he was being investigated by the FBI, Mitnick used his phone system experience to wiretap the FBI agents on the case. He played a game of cat and mouse with the FBI for over two years before finally being arrested in 1995.
Mitnick spent a year in solitary confinement because a judge was convinced that he could “start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone.” All told, Mitnick spent five years in prison and inspired the “Free Kevin” movement led by his friend and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
After his release, Mitnick became one of the most prized security consultants in the world, consulting for the FBI and Fortune 500 companies. He also teaches social engineering classes to dozens of companies and government agencies.