I am a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology; pursuing a PhD in computer science. I started back at school in 2009 after working in industry for eight years as a vulnerability researcher. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute in 2001, I started with Internet Security Systems in Atlanta, GA. After working as a vulnerability researcher for a few years, I was promoted to manage the esteemed X-Force Advanced Research Team.
Internet Security Systems was acquired by IBM in 2006, where I continued to work until 2011. In 2009, I was promoted to manage the Advanced Technology Strategy Team -- developing the forward-looking strategy and next-generation technology for IBM ISS.
In 2011, I was hired by Fortify, an HP company, as the product architect for binary analysis. This was a welcome move for me, as my day job now directly aligns with my research and thesis work.
My research is in the area of static analysis of compiled binaries for the identification of security vulnerabilities. My high-level objective is to be able to provide consumers of software the ability to determine the exposure they may be opening themselves up to by deploying individual software products.