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October 21, 2008

New To The Team - Old To The Game

Welcome, come on in, have a seat. There is a cold beer in the fridge, help yourself!

I may be new to the team, but I'm (reasonably) old to the game. My name is Tyler Shields and I'm the latest addition to the Veracode research team. I started at Veracode in September 2008 as a Senior Security Researcher and have been immediately thrown into the fire. Working for a fast paced, highly energetic company like Veracode, keeps you busy and challenges you every day. I plan to blog on the most interesting pieces of my work with Veracode and hope that you find it enlightening or at the very least entertaining.

In the past I have worked as the security engineer at a .com startup, as an incident response and forensics specialist for the United States Postal Service (think HUGE network), and most recently as a security consultant for @stake and Symantec. I have consulted on engagements for Fortune 500 companies, most major financial institutions, and the highest levels of the United States government. As a consultant my focus was on anything related to application security including, application penetration assessments, product security assessments, secure development lifecycle consulting, and secure application architecture engagements. I lead the @stake/Symantec Application Security Center of Excellence that was used to help guide the knowledge of the global consulting team. I also spent time as the lead for the Symantec Vulnerability Research program in which a number of interesting vulnerabilities were discovered and publicly released. In my spare time I enjoy reverse engineering and malware research. I recently completed my graduate degree in Information Security/Computer Science from James Madison University in Virginia.

So... Here's to a new job, a new blog poster, and of course lots of fun to come.

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Tyler Shields is a Senior Researcher for the Veracode Research Lab whose responsibilities include understanding and examining interesting and relevant security and attack methods for integration into the Veracode product offerings. He also keeps track of new developments from other computer science and information security researchers to ensure that Veracode technologies are always kept in line with the most recent security advancements.

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