Stephen Cobb

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Gender MALE
Industry Internet
Occupation Security Researcher
Location San Diego, California, United States
Introduction 25 years focusing on cybersecurity and data privacy. Trying to help people enjoy technology and its benefits by working to mitigate the impact of criminals and other ‘bad actors’ in cyberspace. Trying to close the cybersecurity skills gap by encouraging women and minorities to enter the profession. Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) since 1996. I am fortunate to be paid to do security research by ESET, one of the world's largest security software companies. (These blog posts are mine and the views expressed in them are mine - although my employer has some pretty cool views too.) What else? Wrote a bunch of books, started several successful companies. Produced a commercially unsuccessful but award-winning documentary about civil rights. Also strive to create greater awareness of hemochromatosis, the most common genetic killer in the Western world (that nearly killed my partner). Oh, and I'm working on a Master's degree in Security and Risk Management in the Criminology Department of the University of Leicester, England.
Interests Security, privacy, society, movies, music, writing, trains, planes, automobiles, F1, technology, fraud (discovery and prevention thereof).
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
Favorite Music Erik Wøllo, Yes, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Björk, Decembrists, 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). Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World (Mudrooroo). Spy novels by Furst, Le Carre, Steinhauer, and Wilson. Detective fiction from Tidy, Griffiths, Tidy, Robertson, Bolton, and Grainger.