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Published on August 16th, 2012 | by NJ Ouchn

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Blackhat USA 2012: Interview with David Mirza Ahmad about Vega Open Source Scanner

David Mirza Ahmad

Subgraph

David has over 10 years in the information security business. He started his professional experience as a founding member of Security Focus, which was acquired by Symantec in 2002. David also moderated the Bugtraq mailing list, a historically important forum for discussion of security vulnerabilities, for over four years. He has spoken at Black Hat, Can Sec West, AusCERT and numerous other security conferences, as well as made contributions to books, magazines and other publications. David also participated in a NIAC working group on behalf of Symantec to develop the first version of the CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) model and served as editor for the Attack Trends section of IEEE Security & Privacy for over three years. His current obsession is building Subgraph, a Montreal-based open source security startup.

Hugo Fortier

Mr. Fortier possesses more than 10 years in information security, having performed security assessments in over 7 different countries. He is the founder of Recon, one of the most renowned Reverse Engineering conferences in the world and one of Montreal’s best guarded secrets. Recon brings some of the best security researchers from around the world to Montreal to share the latest techniques used to identify new vulnerabilities or to analyze the latest malware. One particular area of focus in Mr. Fortier’s professional experience has been in the financial industry, where he has tested and found vulnerabilities in transactional banking applications of over 8 different banks across Canada, USA and the Caribbean. Hugo has also been consulted by the press as a subject matter expert and has given training on vulnerability assessment and application security.


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