Analysts

       
Randy Abrams

 @randyab

 

Research Director Randy Abrams brings a wealth of experience in malware and virus research to the NSS Labs team. Previously, he was the Director of Technical Education for six years at ESET, a global antivirus company, and from 1993 to 2005, worked at Microsoft where he developed and managed the processes to prevent their software from being released with malware.  Read more...

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Jason Pappalexis

 @jsnppp

 

Research Analyst Jason Pappalexis has provided extensive HTTP/SMTP capacity testing and security guidance for Fortune 500 companies, is the author of a dedicated dashboard for a major system management software solution, and has designed a proprietary anti-spam lab.  Read more...

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Frank Artes

 @franklyfranc

Chief Technology Architect Francisco Artes is a recognized information security executive who has helped form many of the best practices for securing intellectual property within the computer gaming, motion picture, and television industries.  Read more...

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Jayendra Pathak

Jayendra Pathak

 @jayendra363

Jayendra Pathak, Director of Development Operations, brings a wealth of expertise in malware, phishing and exploit analysis. Pathak and team maintain a comprehensive database of threats prevalent in the wild and built an automated live testing infrastructure that runs with minimal supervision.  Read more...

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Rob Ayoub

 @robayoub

Research Director Rob Ayoub brings over eight years of IT security product marketing and market research experience to NSS Labs. Prior to working at NSS, Ayoub was a Solutions Marketing Manager at Fortinet, where he collaborated in the creation of marketing programs around the company's solutions for healthcare, education, and managed security service providers.  Read more...

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John Pirc

 @jopirc

Chief Technology Officer John Pirc is a noted security intelligence and cybercrime expert, an author and a renowned speaker, with more than 15 years of experience across all areas of security. The co-author of two books, “Blackhatonomics: An Inside Look at the Economics of Cybercrime” (published in December 2012), and “Cyber Crime and Espionage” (published in February 2011),...Read more...

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Orlando Barrera II

Orlando Barrera II, Security Analyst, leads the Malware and Phishing Research team. Previously, he worked in communications with the United States Army Signal Corps, 35th Signal Brigade, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. While completing his Bachelor of Science degree, he worked in the Computer Science department at Texas State University.  Read more...

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Iben Rodriguez

Iben Rodriguez

 @iben

Director of Cloud and Virtualization Testing Iben Rodriguez is considered one of the foremost industry experts in cloud and enterprise security. Trained in Agile, ITIL, SOX, PCI-DSS, ISO27000 he develops and delivers both new architecture designs as well as assessments and remediation for existing environments.  Read more...

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Ken Baylor

 @baylorsecurity

 

Research Vice President Dr. Ken Baylor, is widely recognized as a leader in Bank Security, IT Security and Regulatory Compliance and as a speaker at leading industry events such as RSA, BlackHat, ISACA-CACS and FS-ISAC.  Read more...

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Mohamed Saher

Mohamed Saher

 @halsten

 

Mohamed Saher is Vice President of Advanced Research, specializing in reverse engineering, windows internals and mathematics. His work and research spans numerous areas, including native software protection, copy protection technologies, compilers and virology.  Read more...

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Andrew
Braunberg

 @abraunberg

 

For the last 18 years, Research Director Andrew Braunberg has focused on the market landscape, trends and innovations in technology, initially as a technology journalist and then as Research Director at Current Analysis for the Business Technology and Software group.  Read more...

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Thomas Skybakmoen

 @tskybakmoen

 

Research Director Thomas Skybakmoen worked for Gartner for more than 5 years, most recently as a Senior Research Analyst, writing research for thousands of clients in the IT industry and often spoke at Gartner conferences...Read more...

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David DeSanto

 @david_desanto

 

Director, Product Management David DeSanto brings 15 years of management, security testing, software development and strategic innovation experience to NSS.  His primary focus is driving innovation in test methodologies and testing techniques that make NSS the world’s leading information research and advisory company.  Read more...

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Mike Spanbauer

 @mikespanbauer

 

NSS Labs Managing Director of Research Mike Spanbauer is a recognized leader in infrastructure and networking technologies. Prior to joining NSS, Spanbauer was Service Director at Current Analysis, managing the Business Technology and Software group which monitored, analyzed, and advised on application platforms, collaboration platforms, data center technology...Read more...

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Stefan Frei

 @stefan_frei

 

Research Vice President Dr. Stefan Frei is a known veteran in the security space. Before joining NSS Labs, Frei was Research Analyst Director at Secunia where he was responsible for the Lab to identify trends and turn security data into business actionable information, as well as serving as the key spokesperson on evolving threats.  Read more...

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Bhaarath 
Venkateswaran

 

Bhaarath Venkateswaran is Assistant Director of Testing Services and has over 10 years of information security and network engineering experience. Before joining NSS Labs, he led the product and information security assurance group at Trustwave, where he designed and implemented the performance and security evaluation methodologies across all their network security product offerings.  Read more...

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Ryan Liles

 

Ryan Liles, Director of Testing Services, has worked in the IT and security space for more than 10 years. After his time in the US Marines as an Information Security Officer/Terminal Area Security Officer, he worked as an independent security consultant for several private firms before taking a position with Internet Security Systems (ISS) in 2004.  Read more...

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Bob Walder

 @bwalder

 

As Founder and Chief Research Officer, Bob Walder leads the analyst team at NSS Labs and sets the research direction for the company.  Mr. Walder has over 30 years experience in the computer industry, and is a well-respected expert on cyber security.  Read more...

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Chris Morales

 @moralesATX

 

Chris Morales, Practice Manager, Architecture and Infrastructure, has over 17 years of IT and information security experience and joins NSS from 451 Research where he was Senior Analyst, Enterprise Security. At NSS, his areas of research include mobile security, data security, vulnerability management, malware detection and host protection.  Read more...

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