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Rik Ferguson

Vice President, Security Research

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“This is not about open source versus closed; it’s also not about Android versus iOS or any other mobile operating system. It’s about criminals versus people, it’s about hype and reality, and it’s about knee-jerk self-preservation versus openness and consideration.”

Experience: 17+ years

Secure infrastructure design; emerging threats and security technologies

BA, University of Wales; CISSP-ISSAP; Certified Ethical Hacker

About: Rik is actively engaged in research into online threats and the underground economy. He also researches the wider implications of new developments in the Information Technology arena and their impact on security both for consumers and in the enterprise, contributing to product development and marketing plans. Recognized as an industry thought leader and analyst, Rik is regularly quoted by the press on issues surrounding information security, cybercrime and technology futures by trade, national and international media. Follow Rik on Twitter.

Favorite quote: “If you want to live life on your own terms, you’ve got to be willing to crash and burn” – Nikki Sixx

Expert in Action

See Rik’s insights on TrendLabs' Security Intelligence blog and on Countermeasures.

Rik discusses the launch of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance – ICSPA

Watch Rik Ferguson’s induction into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame

Ed Cabrera

Chief Cybersecurity Officer

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Experience: 20 years

Specialty: Financial, Retail, Healthcare and Government sector Cybersecurity

B.S., Florida State University; G.C., Naval Post Graduate School; CISSP; CISA

About: Eduardo Cabrera is responsible for analyzing emerging cyber threats to develop innovative and resilient enterprise risk management strategies for Fortune 500 clients and strategic partners. Before joining Trend Micro, he was a 20-year veteran and former CISO of the United States Secret Service with experience leading information security, cyber investigative, and protective programs in support of the Secret Service integrated mission.

He started his career investigating transnational cyber criminal groups targeting the financial and retail sectors. He proudly served on the Presidential Protective Division for President George W. Bush before transitioning to lead cyber forensic operations in support of Secret Service large-scale data breach investigations. He served as the Secret Service Strategic Advisor to the DHS National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) where he led an interagency effort to share real-time actionable threat intelligence with Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO) and critical infrastructure partners.

He is a guest lecturer at New York University Polytechnic Institute, Computer Science and Engineering Department and was a contributing subject matter expert on law enforcement; cyber security strategy and policy; and computer forensics and network intrusion incident response for the 2014 Risk and Responsibility in a Hyperconnected World; 2012 Homeland Security Advisory Council Task Force on Cyber Skills Report; and 2012 Insider Threat Study: Illicit Cyber Activity Involving Fraud in the U.S. Financial Services Sector. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Favorite quote: “Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” ~Winston Churchill

Twitter: @Ed_E_Cabrera

Raimund Genes

Chief Technology Officer

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“Data’s on the move, so the traditional means of defense—where you had fortress around your infrastructure around your data—doesn’t work anymore.”

30+ years

Specialty: Computer and network security

MS, Radar Guidance, German Air Force Academy; Certified Network Engineer

About:  As Chief Technology Officer, Raimund is responsible for introducing new methods to detect and eradicate threats, and to predict movements in the digital underground with his team of threat researchers.  He manages a team of developers and researchers around the globe who create Trend Micro’s new core technology components to protect customers against digital threats under the Smart Protection Network umbrella.

Raimund has held several executive management positions within Trend Micro including General Manager for Trend Micro’s Incubation Business, President of European Operations; European Vice President of Sales and Marketing; and Managing Director.

Expert in Action

See Raimund’s CTO insights on his video blog and Trend Micro’s Cloud Security blog.

Check out Trend Micro's CTO, Raimund Genes, on Cisco's Executive Viewpoints: Benefits and Challenges of Cloud.

Lynette Owens

Global Director, Internet Safety for Kids and Families

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“A community approach to teaching kids to think critically on their own about what they are saying, doing, and sharing online is more important than ever.”

Experience: 20+ years

Specialty: Internet safety for youth, families, and teachers

MBA, University of California, Berkeley; BS Finance, Boston College

About: Lynette T. Owens is founder and Global Director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) program. After many years in marketing roles and serving 6 years as Associate Vice President of corporate marketing for Trend Micro, Lynette founded ISKF in 2008 to extend the company’s vision of making a world safe for the exchange of digital information to the world’s youngest citizens. As a pro-technology parent and Internet safety advocate, Lynette spends her time educating the public, collaborating with NGOs and technology and media companies, and recruiting employee volunteers in 19 countries. She is a board member of the Family Online Safety Institute and advisory board member of the newly formed U.S. Safer Internet Day Awareness Committee.  Follow Lynette on Twitter.

Favorite quote: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." –William Butler Yeats

Expert in Action

See Lynette's insights on the Internet Safety for Kids and Families blog.

Lynette recently shared insights on the work she is doing with the Natick, Massachusetts school district's 1:1 laptop program in PBS MediaShift

Read her guest blog for Forbes, "Bad Apple? Who's To Blame For Kids' In-Game Shopping Sprees?"

Christopher Budd

Global Threat Communications Manager

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Experience: 19 years

Specialty: Vulnerabilities, Privacy, Incident Response

BA Oberlin College, MA St. John’s College

About: Christopher Budd is a global threat communications manager with Trend Micro. His focus is on communications around online security and privacy threats to help people understand in plain English the risks they face and what they can do about them. In addition, he focuses on managing crisis communications utilizing a framework and processes he helped put in place.

Prior to Trend Micro, Christopher worked as an independent consultant focused on helping clients build crisis communications frameworks for online security and privacy incidents. Christopher draws on his experience as a ten-year veteran of the Microsoft Corporation, where he oversaw and managed worldwide internal and external communications around security and privacy incidents affecting Microsoft customers. During his tenure at Microsoft, he pioneered new strategies and tactics embracing new media technologies that dramatically improved the handling of communications around incidents and helped, as he likes to say, “make awful news just bad”.

Christopher is a seasoned spokesperson and speaker and presenter. He has been an expert on television and radio numerous times. At Microsoft he led a live monthly security webcast for over six years. He has also given numerous presentations on communications and technology at a variety of technology and non-technology conferences.

He has also given numerous presentations on communications and technology at a variety of technology and non-technology conferences. He is a columnist at on security and privacy and he is a fellow of the Ponemon Institute.

Favorite quote: “Don’t panic. I’ll tell you when to panic.”

Expert in Action

How to protect consumers - Watch video here

Mark Nunnikhoven

Vice President, Cloud Research

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“Targeted attacks can only be thwarted by increasing the level of discomfort of the adversary to a point where they cannot expend the resources to maintain persistence. Advanced persistent response is the future of cyber security.”

20+ years

Specialty: Cloud technologies and usable security systems at scale

Master of Information Security Systems, Charles Sturt University. GCFA, GCIA, CISSP

About: Mark helps organizations build securely in the cloud
Opinionated, passionate, and driven, Mark is more than a clichéd byline. In his 20+ years of tackling development and operational challenges around the world, Mark has seen all manner of "interesting" solutions.

Teaching the community through his writing, speaking, and code, Mark works hard to help everyone modernize their security practices.

As the Vice President of Cloud Research, Mark sits at the nexus of internal product development, academic and industry research, and the latest advancements from Trend Micro's cloud partners. This unique viewpoint gives Mark a down-to-earth view despite his focus on cloud computing.

He holds a Master of Information Security Systems degree with specialization in Digital Forensics, is an engaging public speaker, an O'Reilly video author, and an accomplished computer scientist and security executive.

Mark is available online at and @marknca.

Favorite quote: “Technologies are morally neutral until we apply them. It's only when we use them for good or for evil that they become good or evil.” –William Gibson

Expert in Action

Read Mark's thoughts on various topics related to cloud security on the Simply Security blog.

See Mark's talk on defending against 0-days from AWS re:Invent 2015.

Chat with Mark on Twitter (@marknca) or LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Threat Research

Forward Looking Threat Research (FTR) is an elite team of researchers whose mission is to scout the future of the Internet and predict the future evolutions of cybercrime. The e-crimes unit works closely with international law enforcement partners like Interpol and ITU to help make the world safe for the exchange of digital information. FTR was instrumental in the FBI take down of Rove Digital, and the arrest of key figures behind the "Police Ransomware" attacks and most recently the FBI arrest of the author of the notorious SpyEye banking trojan. You can see more of FTRs work described in their research papers and on the Security Intelligence blog.

TrendLabsSM Multinational Research Center

TrendLabs is the Trend Micro center for global technical support and research and development. With headquarters in the Philippines and regional labs in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, TrendLabs has more than 1,200 security experts and support engineers, all providing continuous coverage to Trend Micro customers worldwide.

TrendLabs is the backbone of the Trend Micro service infrastructure. It is committed to 24x7 threat surveillance, attack prevention, and timely and seamless solutions delivery.

TrendLabs researchers are equipped with the latest tools and technology to respond to global and local real-time developments in the threat landscape, such as malware, mobile threats, and advanced persistent threats (APTs) and targeted attacks. TrendLabs recently earned ISO/IEC 20000-1:2005 certification for adherence to IT service management.

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