Meet the feisty cadre of journalists contributing to The Parallax.
Seth is editor-in-chief and founder of The Parallax. He has worked in online journalism since 1999, including eight years at CNET News, where he led coverage of security, privacy, and Google. Based in San Francisco, he also writes about connected technology and pop culture.
Based in Los Angeles, designer Pinguino Kolb has spent nearly 20 years producing technical and creative projects at major media companies. She also is a pop-culture photographer, comic maker, and cryptocurrency use advocate.
Ayaz Lakhani is a senior strategist at Ready State, a startup digital agency in San Francisco focused on marketing strategy, user experience design, and content creation. Ayaz has worked with a number of major clients, spanning across a myriad of industries including luxury, retail, technology, entertainment, spirits, and finance.
Bailey Reutzel is an independent journalist covering the intersections of finance, tech, and politics for publications such as CoinDesk, PaymentsSource and Quartz. She is also developing a Gonzo-style U.S. travel blog called Moneytripping focused on political and economic culture.
Brian Sletten is the president of Bosatsu Consulting, a liberal arts-educated software engineer with a focus on forward-leaning technologies. His experience has spanned many industries, including retail, banking, online games, defense, finance, hospitality, and health care. He has a B.S. in computer science from the College of William and Mary and lives in Auburn, Calif. He focuses on Web architecture, resource-oriented computing, social networking, the Semantic Web, data science, 3D graphics, visualization, scalable systems, security consulting, and other technologies. He is also a rabid reader, devoted foodie, and music lover.
Bryson is the founder and CEO of Scythe, founder and chairman of Grimm, and founding member of the ICS Village, a nonprofit organization advancing education and awareness of security for industrial control systems. Prior to launching cybersecurity consultancies Scythe and Grimm, Bryson led an elite research and development division in the Department of Defense that directly contributed to U.S. national-security priorities and interests, and served as a U.S. Army officer. He holds master's degrees in telecommunications management from the University of Maryland, and business administration from the University of Florida.
As a freelance information security management consultant in the New York City area, Carole works with numerous Fortune 500 clients to analyze security programs for risks. During her more than 35 years working on operating-system platforms and security practices, she has authored several industry-standard security benchmarks.
Charles Cooper, a contributing writer, has been writing about technology and business for three decades. Based in San Francisco, he has held senior positions at a number of publications. He was most recently executive editor at CNET News, where he often tortured Seth Rosenblatt.
Chris Presley joined WhiteHat Security in 2012 and has worked his way up to a team leader role for dynamic application security testing evaluations. He previously served for six years as an enlisted service member in the United States Army, where he achieved the rank of sergeant and held various cybersecurity roles. Presley received a bachelor of science degree in computer networking from Regis University in 2010.
Collin Mulliner, co-author of The Android Hacker's Handbook, is a security researcher and software engineer focusing on mitigations and countermeasures. He spends most of his time working on mobile devices and believes that in order to understand defense, you first have to understand offense. Collin received a Ph.D. from the Technische Universitaet Berlin in 2011, and master's and bachelor's degrees in computer science, respectively, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Fachhochschule Darmstadt.
Curt Hopkins has written about punks in Berlin, gypsies in Granada, and nerds in Nairobi for Newsweek, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, New Times, and others. He was the founding director of the Committee to Protect Bloggers, the first nonprofit dedicated to the liberty and safety of bloggers worldwide. He resides in San Francisco and is managing editor of Hewlett Packard Labs.
Dan Tynan has written about technology and its discontents for longer than he cares to remember. In addition to covering privacy and security, Tynan has written about Internet culture, social media, gadgets, and family tech for dozens of national publications. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dan Abbott is a Bay Area-based writer, artist, and performer. He has written for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the East Bay Express, and The Alameda Sun. At turns, he's been a science teacher, an author, a touring musician, a filmmaker, and dungeon master-for-hire. He currently writes the advice column Ask Abbott and hosts a monthly storytelling forum called Knew Better; Did It Anyway.
Daniel Cuthbert is the global head of security research for Banco Santander. He is the original co-author of the OWASP Testing Guide, released in 2003, and the co-author of the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard.
Declan McCullagh, founder and CEO of Recent News, a smart news app for iOS and Android, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has written about security and politics for Wired, CNET, CBS, and Time Inc.
Derek has spent two decades in B2B technology journalism, including seven years as editor in chief of security publication CSO for seven years. He wrote the book Content Marketing in 30 Minutes and loves playing chess online. He lives in Northern California and serves as content director at Ready State.
Dia Kayyali is an independent human rights consultant and writer who advocates against government surveillance and for free speech. Most recently, Dia has been an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and currently works as a fellow with Coding Rights, a Brazilian digital rights organization.
Emily has more than a decade of experience as a security researcher, including seven years as an officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. She currently works for Ironnet Cybersecurity, a startup in Washington, D.C., and, in her free time, directs the Nemesis project, which uses artificial intelligence to identify hate symbols on the Internet.
Emily Long is a freelance writer based in Salt Lake City. She writes about consumer tech, security, and personal finance, occasionally diving into health and wellness.
Eric Cole, CEO of Secure Anchor and author of Online Danger: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones From the Evil Side of the Internet, formerly served as chief technology officer of McAfee and Lockheed Martin, a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for President Obama, and the security adviser for Bill Gates and his family.
Garry Kasparov is widely regarded as the greatest chess player in history. He became the youngest world champion ever, at 22, in 1985, then spent 20 years as the world’s top-rated player until his retirement from professional chess in 2005. His legendary matches against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue made him a central public figure in artificial intelligence and the evolution of the human-machine relationship. Through his Kasparov Chess Foundation, Garry now promotes chess in education around the world. And as chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, he advocates for individual freedom worldwide. Garry is author of How Life Imitates Chess (2007) and Winter Is Coming: Why Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped (2015). And his book Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins is set to be published in May. As a security ambassador for Avast Software, sponsor of The Parallax, Garry discusses cybersecurity and the digital future.
Gary McGraw is the vice president of security technology at Synopsys, editor of the Addison-Wesley Software Security series, and producer of the monthly Silver Bullet Security Podcast and IEEE Security & Privacy magazine. He's written eight books and more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications about software security, and as a board member or adviser, he's counseled numerous leading cybersecurity executives and companies. Gary holds a dual Ph.D. in cognitive science and computer science from Indiana University, where he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.
Based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Grant Gross, a contributing writer, is a veteran tech policy reporter. Grant, most recently a senior reporter at IDG News Service, has covered topics such as Net neutrality, mass surveillance programs, and cybersecurity legislation for 13 years.
Greg Sandoval is a long-time tech reporter and former staff writer at The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Verge, and CNET. He is based in Paris.
Computer security Jeremiah Grossman, a frequent public commentator on security issues, is chief of security strategy at SentinelOne. With nearly two decades in the field (and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), the founder of WhiteHat Security and former information security officer at Yahoo has received a number of industry awards, and has been publicly thanked by Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, Facebook, and others for his security research.
Jonathan, principal at Horizon Communications, has led high-tech public-relations operations for three decades while successfully dodging facial-recognition of himself on the Internet. He has orchestrated a wide range of global PR campaigns at Sony, Apple, SGI, and Pioneer Electronics, and counseled a host of hot Silicon Valley startups. He is also an acclaimed haiku poet, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the blogger behind The Food Dictator.
Juan Carlos Perez started covering the tech industry in 1995 as part of Computerworld's first online-news team. In 1997, he began an 18-year tenure with IDG News Service, where he wore many hats, including Latin America news editor, Internet beat reporter, and senior editor of Microsoft coverage. In former lives, Juan wrote sitcom scripts and entertainment features while dreaming of becoming a Celtics point guard. He lives in Miami because he knows what New England winters are like.
Kacy Zurkus, a contributing writer, covers security, privacy, risk, and education from her home in Lowell, Mass.
Karen Epper Hoffman has been a noted industry analyst and business and technology writer for nearly a quarter of a century. Her work primarily focuses on researching, consulting, and writing about issues at the crossroads of technology, money and cybersecurity. Her articles have been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, the American Banker, Bank Director, GCN, Internet Retailer, MIT’s Technology Review, Mobile PC, SC Magazine, and many other publications.
Kristin Burnham, a contributing writer, has covered social media, online privacy, IT careers, and technology news in a variety of positions at CIO magazine and CIO.com. She most recently was a senior editor at InformationWeek. Kristin is based in Massachusetts, which means that she's been spoiled by a decade of winning sports teams.
Lindsay Goldwert is a freelance writer and host of the podcast "Spent." She writes about work, money, and stand-up comedy, with bylines in Fast Company, Refinery29, and many others. She lives in New York City.
Malena Carollo is a journalist based in Boston. She covers cybersecurity, focusing on surveillance, education, and law enforcement. Her work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor's Passcode, Travel + Leisure, Tampa Bay Times, and Staten Island Advance.
Mary Onufer is an assistant professor in the master’s program in fraud and forensics at Carlow University, which has partnered with NCFTA to offer a certificate in threat research and analytics.
Michael Patterson is CEO of Plixer. He worked in technical support and product training at Cabletron Systems while he finished his Masters in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University. He joined Professional Services for a year before he left the ‘Tron’ in 1998 to start Somix which eventually became Plixer.
Monica Verma is the chief information security officer of EVRY Financial Services and a board member of Cloud Security Alliance Norway. She has more than 11 years of experience within cybersecurity, including consulting and leadership roles. She specializes in cloud security, risk management, and security governance and reporting. She is particularly interested in building security and cyber-resilience to enable investment in technology and digitalization for sustainable development of businesses, education, empowerment of women, and the next generation of tech and cybersecurity professionals.
Nathan's background in event production, project management, and large-scale art installation led him to, and emerged from his love of, the maker movement. An autodidact, jack-of-all-trades, world traveler, Burner, and tinkerer, Nathan believes in the power of human imagination and cooperation, working with head, heart, and hands, to make the world a better place.
Nicole Pajer is a Los-Angeles based freelance writer. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Parade, Woman’s Day, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Hemispheres, and elsewhere.
Oren Falkowitz is co-founder and CEO of Area 1 Security. He has has held senior positions at U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, where he's focused on big data and computer network operations.
Internet pioneer Paul Vixie is CEO and co-founder of award-winning Farsight Security. He was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 for his work related to the Domain Name System. He began his career as a programmer, and he has since become an author and an entrepreneur.
Rafe Needleman has covered technology products, innovation, and startups for over 20 years, as editor of publications such as CNET.com, Yahoo Tech, Byte, Red Herring, and Make: Magazine.
Rob Graham is a security researcher based in Georgia. He is the CEO of Errata Security, which specializes in penetration testing reverse engineering, exploit discovery and development, prototype development of security products, and application assessments.
Rob Pegoraro writes about things that beep or blink, including computers, gadgets, telecommunications, the Internet, and apps. A longtime resident of Washington, D.C., he is also a student of tech policy. His work has been published in Yahoo Finance, USA Today, Wirecutter, and Consumer Reports, among other outlets. He has met most of the founders of the Internet and once received a single-word e-mail reply from Steve Jobs.
Rohit Prakash is a co-founder of Townsquared, a social network that connects small businesses and residents of local communities, He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ryan E. Long is an affiliated scholar of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society and a cooperating attorney of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He works with technology, media, and design clients to address intellectual-property, litigation, and transactional needs. Prior to starting his practice, Long & Associates, he served as an antitrust attorney for Milberg LLP in New York City, among others. He splits his time between California and New York.
As vice president of research and development at MedSec, Stephanie Domas leads its development of cybersecurity products and services to support health care delivery organizations and medical-device manufacturers on design, architecture, verification, security risk management, regulatory filings, penetration testing, and execution of security best practices. Domas is a registered professional engineer in Ohio. She also holds a Certified Ethical Hacker qualification. She sits on several standards committees involved in improving cybersecurity for medical products. And she frequently speaks or writes about health care cybersecurity topics, including as a TEDx speaker.
Steve Mancini is the chief technology officer and director of strategic operations at the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance. He is also an adjunct professor at Carlow University.
Sumit Agarwal is a co-founder and the chief operating officer of Shape Security. He is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he later served as a cyberpolicy adviser. He has led mobile-product management at Google, is a former U.S. Air Force Reserve officer, and co-founded Quova, which was acquired by IP intelligence firm Neustar in 2010.
Ted Harrington is the executive partner at security consultancy Independent Security Evaluators (ise.io). His forthcoming book on cybersecurity which covers the concepts in this article will be published next summer. For updates and more advice, follow Ted on LinkedIn.