EMORY UNIVERSITY / SYNDIS
Hacker, professor and entrepreneur
BioYmir Vigfusson is a hacker, professor and entrepreneur. More specifically, he is Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University (2014) and at the School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University in Iceland (2011). He is a co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Syndis (2013): an information security company that simulates sophisticated cyberattacks against companies, and co-founder of Adversary.io (2017): a hands-on cybersecurity training platform.
Ymir earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University (2010) with focus on Distributed Systems and a minor in music composition, where his dissertation was nominated for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.
In addition to distributed systems and cybersecurity, Ymir also works on data science, specifically on strengthening the surveillance of malaria and influenza. His work is partially supported by an NSF CAREER award (2016), funds from the CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016-2018), and grants from the Icelandic Center for Research.
His website is http://www.ymsir.com/
15:00 - 16:00 (05/10/2018)
Ymir has grown up as hacker and currently helps some of the world's largest organizations grapple with cybersecurity through his two startup companies (Syndis and Adversary.io).
He will address this question by focusing on how companies can improve their defenses by helping people understand the offense – “to think like a hacker"; Including showing you how to hack (!)
He will also provide relevant context for internal auditors in the GDPR era since most of the data currently managed by companies is digital.