Steve McGregory

Senior Director of Application and Threat Intelligence at 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.

Presentation @DefCamp 2017