Who are they and what are they speaking on?

ISSW features some of the best and brightest from all across the field of information security and other hacking disciplines speaking on a wide variety of topics. Check out our ISSW speakers for 2018!

2018 Speakers:

James “Iv0ryW0lf” Boyd  |   Todd Carr  |  Brian Contos  |  Brent Cook  |  Leah Figueroa  |  Summer Lee  |  Meghan L McGrath  |  Garett Montgomery
Riana Pfefferkorn  |  Megan Roddie  |  Benjamin Rollin  |  Ron Schlecht  |  Damon J. Small  |  WanderingGlitch

James “Iv0ryW0lf” Boyd

Pinnacle Technology Partners | Principal Cyber Security Architect, Managed Services

Since the age of 13, Iv0ryW0lf has been hacking. His first hack was using a C-64 hex-editor to change the sprites in Kung-Fu Master with Mario (Its-ah-me! Kung-Fu Mario!). He joined the US Air Force at age 17 to get a jumpstart in a technical field while going to college off and on during his 20 year career.  He retired in 2011 at the rank MSgt (E-7) and started his new career. Currently he is a Principal Cyber Security Architect in the Managed Services section of Pinnacle Technology Partners. Fun Fact: Karaoke (Ask me about DJ Story), Bowling, Soccer, & Hard Rock/Metal!


Todd Carr

Unity Technologies | DevOps Engineer

Todd “Foxx” Carr is a DevOps Engineer at Unity Technologies. He has built highly automated systems across multiple platforms for over a decade. He has authored open source projects including the game Arganium, the Salt automation tool Grinder, and various Puppet modules published on Puppet Forge among other projects. When not working on blue team security tools and automation he enjoys motorcycles, classic shooters, and building absurd projects on Raspberry Pi’s.


Brian Contos

Verodin | CISO

Brian Contos is the CISO & VP Technology Innovation at Verodin.

Brian has over two decades of experience in the security industry. He is a seasoned executive, board advisor, security company entrepreneur and author. After getting his start in security with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and later Bell Labs, Brian began the process of building security startups and taking multiple companies through successful IPOs and acquisitions including:  Riptech, ArcSight, Imperva, McAfee and Solera Networks.

Brian has worked in over 50 countries across six continents. He is a strategic board advisor for multiple companies including Cylance and Appdome. He has authored several security books, his latest with the former Deputy Director of the NSA, spoken at leading security events globally and is a Distinguished Fellow with the Ponemon Institute. Brian frequently appears in the news and has been featured in CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox, NPR, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and many others. He most recently appeared in a cyberwar documentary alongside General Michael Hayden (former Director NSA and CIA).

Brent Cook

Rapid7 | Engineering Manager for Metasploit

Brent Cook is the Engineering Manager of Metasploit at Rapid7 and the portable maintainer for LibreSSL and OpenNTPD. He focuses on both offensive and defensive software engineering, trying to keep the different sides of his Twitter followers from annoying each other.



Leah Figueroa


Leah Figueroa is a 14 year veteran of the data analytics field. She holds a Master’s in Education, almost completed a Ph.D. in research psychology, and has taught kindergarten. A data aficionado, Leah enjoys working in various areas of data, while still remaining passionate about her crusade to improve student data security.  Leah also enjoys being a fiber artist (knitter) and loves cats, InfoSec, picking locks, cooking, and reading.



Summer Lee

GuidePoint Security | Senior Security Consultant

Summer Lee (crazian) is part of the Threat & Attack Simulation (TAS) team for GuidePoint Security. She started using social engineer tactics at a very young age which led her to have a special interest in physical Red Team engagements. Crazian is an Army veteran who has been active in the Austin infosec community since 2014 including AHA, Longhorn Lockpicking, OWASP Austin Chapter, and ATX2600. She is also a mentor for the RRISD CyberPatriots and various CCDC competitions. Crazian spends her late nights on Hack the Box. When she’s not talking infosec, she can be found playing tabletop and video games.


Meghan L McGrath

IBM |Security Ethnographer

Meghan McGrath is a security ethnographer and design lead at IBM. She coaches teams in design thinking and DJs a community radio show called the Velociraptor Radio Hour. Meghan lives in the Hudson Valley with three accordions, an ailing succulent, and a pet rock named Liber-rock-ce.




Garett Montgomery

Ixia ATI | Security Researcher

10+ years spent looking at bytes on wire, looking for patterns; nowadays trying to automate all my daily tasks so I can look at things from different perspectives.



Riana Pfefferkorn

Stanford Center for Internet and Society | Cryptography Fellow

Riana Pfefferkorn is the Cryptography Fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Her work, made possible through funding from the Stanford Cyber Initiative, focuses on investigating and analyzing the U.S. government’s policy and practices for forcing decryption and/or influencing crypto-related design of online platforms and services, devices, and products, both via technical means and through the courts and legislatures. Riana also researches the benefits and detriments of strong encryption on free expression, political engagement, economic development, and other public interests.

Prior to joining Stanford, Riana was an associate in the Internet Strategy & Litigation group at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she worked on litigation and counseling matters involving online privacy, Internet intermediary liability, consumer protection, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets and was actively involved in the firm’s pro bono program. Before that, Riana clerked for the Honorable Bruce J. McGiverin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. She also interned during law school for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Riana earned her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Whitman College.

Megan Roddie

Texas Department of Public Safety | Cyber Security Analyst

Megan Roddie is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Digital Forensics at Sam Houston State University while also working as a Cyber Security Analyst at the Texas Department of Public Safety. As a 21-year old with Asperger’s Syndrome (High Functioning Autism), Megan offers a unique perspective in any topic she discusses. Megan can articulate her struggles and how small modifications in daily life have made her successful.


Benjamin Rollin






Ron Schlecht

BTB Security | Founder, Managing Partner, all-around-nice-guy

Ron is the Founder and Partner in the independent firm, BTB Security. Ron founded BTB Security in 2006 after successfully developing and leading professional consulting teams and global security organizations. With 18 years in information security experience, Ron’s background includes performing jobs in law enforcement, intelligence, and information security. Security/forensics geek by trade. Going fast, fighting fires, brewing beer and smoking cigars all the other time.


Damon J. Small

NCC Group | Technical Director

Damon Small began his career studying music at Louisiana State University. Pursuing the changing job market, he took advantage of computer skills learned in the LSU recording studio to become a systems administrator in the mid 1990s. Over the past 18 years as a security professional he has supported infosec initiatives in the healthcare, defense, aerospace, and oil and gas industries. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Small completed the Master of Science in Information Assurance degree from Norwich University in 2005. His role as Technical Director includes working closely with NCC Group consultants and clients in delivering complex security assessments that meet varied business requirements.


Zero Day Initiative | Security Glitch

WanderingGlitch is a security researcher with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI). In this role, he analyzes and performs root-cause analysis vulnerabilities submitted to the program, which represents the world’s largest vendor-agnostic bug bounty. His focus includes performing root-cause analysis on hundreds of zero-day vulnerabilities submitted by ZDI researchers from around the world. He has presented at numerous security conferences including Black Hat, DEFCON, REcon, Power of Community, and BreakPoint. When not researching the latest bugs in software, WanderingGlitch enjoys rock climbing and playing musical instruments.


ISSW Speakers