Chris Nickerson, President & CEO, Lares

Chris Nickerson, CEO of Lares, has spent the last 20 years of his career leading, inspiring, and sometimes irritating, the security industry. With Lares co-Founder Eric M. Smith, he created the unique methodology used at Lares to assess, implement, and manage information security realistically and effectively. Collaborating with a group of other InfoSec researchers, he founded the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), and is working with the Red Team Alliance Training Collective to create a certification for Red Team Testing. He is one of the founders of the Security BSides conferences, he’s been a keynote, speaker, and/or trainer at more than fifty InfoSec conferences worldwide, including DEFCON, CyberWeek, and BlackHat. He’s a member and certification holder with ISACA, on the board of CREST, and holds CISSP, CISA, BS7799, and NSA IAM certifications. His book, Red Team Testing, is upcoming from Elsevier/Syngress. And despite all that, he is perhaps best known for his appearance on the TV show Tiger Team on TruTV, and his TED Talk, Hackers are all about curiosity, and security is just a feeling.

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