Steve McGregory

Senior Director of Application and Threat Intelligence Ixia, a Keysight business


Steve McGregory leads Ixia’s Application and Threat Intelligence Research Center, where he and his team gather actionable, application and security intelligence for use with Ixia test and visibility products. Steve has almost 30 years of experience working in Computer and Network Security companies such as IBM, TippingPoint, SolarWinds, BreakingPoint, and Ixia, now a Keysight Company. Steve has a passion to help educate people about, and protect people from, cybersecurity attacks. Steve applies his passion and knowledge through the creation of network cybersecurity products, contributing to online publications, and speaking at technology events.

The Business of Cybersecurity: Life-Lessons Learned

Cybersecurity has evolved dramatically over my past 30 years in the industry and our approaches to keeping networks secure must evolve to remain effective. In this session, I’ll lead attendees to question how they approach work in the cybersecurity industry, highlighting some cases where we’re just being plain stupid. I will expose some dirty not-so-well-known industry secrets to raise awareness and disrupt poor patterns of behavior.

I have had the privilege of managing security operations in my early career startups, to building an Intrusion Prevention System, to building solutions to assess the resiliency and efficacy of security products, to building a state-of-the-art Threat Intelligence Platform. Let’s take a journey through all of this and, in the short time we have together, see if we can make some course corrections together.

In my usual way, I’ll make light of some of our ways, trying to bring humor and enjoyment to this discussion. In the end, the points will be serious, and some, philosophically impossible to answer. I hope to inspire you to ask questions about your methods, approaches to cybersecurity problems, and making sure your actions are not making your job any more difficult than it already is.

Are you the next cyber security superstar?

If you are passionate about an information security topic or you have strong technical skills developing researches on your own, you should definitely Apply at Call for Papers. By submitting you will have the chance to showcase your work to +2000 attendees.

Other speakers joining this year

Philipp Promeuschel

Security Analyst Compass Security Schweiz AG

Vlad Sorici

Project Manager Orange Fab

Neculai Balaban

Member of the national team the represented Romania in ECSC 2017

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Orange Romania is part of the Orange Group, one of the largest global telecommunications operators that connects hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. With over 11 million local customers and an annual turnover exceeding 1.5 billion euros, Orange Romania connects 1 in 2 Romanians and offers an extensive range of communication solutions for both individual and corporate customers, from basic connectivity services to complete mobile, fixed internet, TV packages, and complex IT&C solutions through Orange Business

Orange Romania is the number 1 operator in terms of network performance, and also holds nine consecutive Top Employer certifications, which confirm that Orange Romania, in addition to the remarkable products and services it offers, pays special attention to its employees and working environment. In the past 3 years Orange has launched two 5G Labs in Bucharest and Iasi, that aim to support researchers, startups and companies to test their 5G solutions in advance. 

In addition, Orange is a long-term supporter of the startup ecosystem through the Orange Fab accelerator program designed to support entrepreneurs in the development of innovative products and their distribution locally and internationally.

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