Guests of Tech Debt Burndown Podcast

Allan Friedman

Allan Friedman

Allan Friedman is the Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives at National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce.

Prior to joining the Federal government, Friedman was a noted cybersecurity and technology policy researcher. Wearing the hats of both a technologist and a policy scholar, his work spans computer science, public policy and the social sciences, and has addressed a wide range of policy issues, from privacy to telecommunications. Friedman has over a decade of experience in cybersecurity research, with a particular focus on economic, market, and trade issues. He is the coauthor of Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Bill Pelletier

Bill Pelletier

Bill Pelletier is currently the Enterprise Security Architect for a large healthcare payer in New England, covering all aspects of security for their on-prem, cloud, and hybrid architectures. Previous roles in his career include heading up Product and Strategy at Scope Security, a startup in the Healthcare Delivery Organization Managed Security space – and as a Product Security Leader at GE Healthcare, working with CT, PET, Mammography, and X-Ray engineering teams in ensuring that new medical devices were being made more secure by design as well as in ongoing operations. Prior to dedicating his career to the healthcare space, Bill was the Enterprise Security Architect for the Personal lines business unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Charity Majors

Charity Majors

Charity Majors is an operations and database engineer and sometimes engineering manager. “Right now I am the CEO and cofounder of Honeycomb, where we build observability for distributed systems. (“Monitoring” doesn’t have to be a dirty word; give us a try.)

“Until recently I was a production engineering manager at Facebook. I spent 3.5 years working on Parse (both pre and post-acquisition by FB). I also spent several years at Linden Lab, working on the infrastructure and databases that power Second Life. I am the co-author of Database Reliability Engineering by O’Reilly.

“I was a classical piano performance major in college, but dropped out because it turns out I prefer not being dirt poor. I have been building systems and engineering teams ever since.

“I love startups, chaos and hard scaling problems, and somehow I always end up in charge of the databases.”

Eoin Woods

Eoin Woods

Eoin Woods is CTO at Endava, where he guides technical strategy, oversees capability development and directs investment in emerging technologies. Eoin is co-author of two software architecture books (Software Systems Architecture and Continuous Architecture in Practice) and is a regular conference speaker, with a particular interest in software architecture, DevOps and computer security. He has created and suffered more technical debt over the years than he likes to admit.

Ian Amit

Ian Amit

Ian is the Chief Security Officer at Cimpress. He used to be a Senior Manager of Security Engineering at Amazon AWS, and prior to that held leadership positions with ZeroFOX, IOActive, Aladdin, Finjan and Comsec. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for ZeroFOX, Axon Cyber, Panorays and Marshall University. He also serves on the board of directors of BSides Las Vegas as a general director and President. Ian has had the pleasure to talk at the most sought-after conferences in the field such as BlackHat, DefCon, BlueHat, InfoSecurity, and more… He has been frequently interviewed by leading pring and web magazines and news outlets, speaking about web security, eCrime, and technology (see this page for a chronological sampler).

Kenn White

Kenn White

Kenneth White is a security engineer whose work focuses on networks and global systems. He is co-founder and Director of the Open Crypto Audit Project and led formal security reviews on TrueCrypt and OpenSSL. He currently leads applied encryption engineering in MongoDB’s global product group. He has directed R&D and security Ops in organizations ranging from startups to nonprofits to defense agencies to the Fortune 50. His work on applied signal analysis has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He created software powering the largest clinical trial and cardiac safety research networks in the world. His work on network security and forensics has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Wired, and the BBC.

Olivier Jacques

Olivier Jacques

A technology enthusiast and DevOps transformation principal at DXC Technology, Olivier Jacques specializes in DevOps, software engineering, inner source and open source practices. He created DXC’s DevOps dojos, events and practices that combine training with hands-on labs, gamification with badges, and guidance from DevOps coaches. Olivier is a frequent speaker at DevOps and software engineering conferences.

Wendy Nather

Wendy Nather

Wendy Nather is Head of the Advisory CISO team at Duo Security (now Cisco). She was previously the Research Director at the Retail ISAC, as well as Research Director of the Information Security Practice at independent analyst firm 451 Research. Nather led IT security for the EMEA region of the investment banking division of Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS), and served as CISO of the Texas Education Agency. She is co-author of The Cloud Security Rules and was listed as one of SC Magazine’s Women in IT Security “Power Players” in 2014, as well as an “Influencer” in the Reboot Leadership Awards in 2018. She serves on the advisory board for Sightline Security, an organization that helps non-profits improve their cybersecurity.

Yosef Lehrman

Yosef Lehrman

Yosef Lehrman is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of a local government IT Department, where he is responsible for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of municipal information systems while meeting the varied technology needs of a modern and vibrant city. Prior to assuming this role, he was the CISO at a law enforcement agency where he developed and implemented an intelligence driven information security program. He is also an instructor of several information security courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Mr. Lehrman has 15 years of experience in the cybersecurity industry and has published articles and presented on information security topics nationally and internationally. He is a member of several government task forces focused on defending critical infrastructure against cyber- attacks. He holds an MS in Internet Technology from Pace University, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential, as well as several industry certifications.