Stephen Cobb

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Gender MALE
Industry Internet
Occupation Security Researcher
Location San Diego, California, United States
Introduction Born English. Now American. Left-handed. Color-blind. Amusiac. Thirty years researching cybersecurity and data privacy. Spoke at DEF CON III. CISSP 5093 1996. Trying to close the cybersecurity skills gap by encouraging women and minorities (#HeForShe). Happy to be part of the global security research team at ESET, one of the world's largest security software companies. (These blog posts are mine and the views expressed in them are mine.) What else? Wrote a bunch of technology books, like how to use software and networks, also security and privacy books. Started two successful security companies. Produced an award-winning documentary about civil rights (file under: made no money, but did make a difference). Tried to raise awareness of hemochromatosis, the most common genetic killer in the Western world (that permanently disabled my partner). Went back to school a few years ago to get my MSc in Security and Risk Management from the Criminology Department of the University of Leicester, England. Failures? Lost a fortune in the Great Recession. Never could sing or play a musical instrument, which I now know is due to congenital amusia, not a defect in my character.
Interests Security, privacy, equality, hemochromatosis, amusia, #HeForShe
Favorite Movies Chinatown, Dr. Strangelove, Brazil, Blade Runner, 2001, Traffic, Apocalypse Now, Until the End of the World (7 hour director's cut), Das Boot, Nashville, The Jerk, Midnight Run, Being There, Lawrence of Arabia, Soldier Blue, The Lego Movie
Favorite Music Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Carl Schnauss, Erik Wøllo, Yes, Björk, Kate Bush, U2, Bob Marley, Al Stewart, Afro Celt Sound System, KD Lang, anything featuring Steve Donnelly on guitar.
Favorite Books Shakespeare Complete Works (the first iPhone app I paid for). Montaigne's Essays, Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World (Mudrooroo). Spy novels by Furst, Le Carre, Steinhauer, Herron, and Wilson. Detective fiction from Tidy, Griffiths, Tidy, Robertson, Bolton, Kerr, and Grainger.