Background on the Spies Like Us Panel at TechCrunch 2013
This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conferences features dozens of tech startups competing for attention and funding money. The first of the two events took place from April to May in New York City, with the second in early September in San Francisco.
Today the San Francisco conference featured the Spies Like Us panel. It is composed of Heather Adkins, James Bamford, Kevin Mandia, and Ted Schlein.
- Heather Adkins – Was a founding member of the Google Security team, employed as Manager of Information Security for 11 years. She and her team played a vital role in every aspect of Google operations, from building a secure architecture to the launching of new products to mergers and acquisitions. She is an expert in systems and network administration, and is now working with the Google Incident Response Team as well as other groups to solve some of the world’s most pressing security issues. Adkins believes that the whole community is involved in a good security system, from software developers to the external security authorities to the actual users themselves. She posts updates on the Google Online Security blog about recent attacks and how the Google team is handling them.
- James Bamford – Is a journalist and bestselling author. He often writes about United States intelligence agencies, the NSA in particular, and his latest book, ‘The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA From 9/11 to The Eavesdropping on America‘, became a New York Times bestseller when it was released in 2008. He wrote the first book ever about the NSA (‘The Puzzle Palace‘) and is now acknowledged as an expert on the agency. He was the Washington investigative producer for almost ten years on ABC’s ‘World News Tonight,’ covering national security issues, and his work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic, and many others. Bamford has also been a distinguished visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley, and today is giving lectures around the U.S.
- Kevin Mandia – Is CEO and founder of Mandiant, a successful information security company with a strong focus on incident response, helping companies find, eliminate, or contain security breaches. He holds a Master of Science in Forensic Science from the George Washington University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. Before spending 20 years in the information security industry, Mandia served as a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon, and then as a Cybercrime Investigator with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He has co-authored two books on incident response, ‘Incident Response: Performing Computer Forensics‘ and ‘Incident Response: Investigating Computer Crime’. Mandia has taught advanced cybersecurity at George Washington University and Carnegie Mellon University, and now works regularly as a cybersecurity advisor for major news networks.
- Ted Schlein – Is a Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. His work has focused on early-stage tech startups in enterprise software and infrastructure, leading KPCB into successful investments like LifeLock, ArcSight (sold to HP), Fortify Software (sold to HP), and Internet Security Systems (sold to IBM). Schlein was Vice President of Enterprise Solutions during Symantec’s early days, helping establish the company as a world leader in software. He has a prolific resume, serving on the board of directors of a number of cybersecurity companies including Mandiant, Jive Software, Alien Vault, Iron Planet, Verdium, Chegg, Ionic Security, Shape Security, and Nebula.