Chris Kirsch

Chris Kirsch

Chris Kirsch works on the products team at Veracode and has 20 years of experience in security, particularly in the areas of application security testing, security assessments, incident response, and cryptography. Previously, he managed Metasploit and incident response solutions at Rapid7 and held similar positions at Thales e-Security and PGP Corporation. He is the winner of the Social Engineering CTF Black Badge competition at DEF CON 25.

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  • Live from Black Hat: Breaking Brains,…
    August 7, 2020 | By Chris Kirsch

    Solving Puzzles has been a very popular pastime for InfoSec professionals for decades. I couldn’t imagine a DefCon without the badge challenge. At Black Hat 2020 Matt Wixey, Research Lead at PwC UK, didn’t disappoint as he presented on parallels between puzzle-solving and addressing InfoSec…

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  • Live from Black Hat: Hacking Public…
    August 6, 2020 | By Chris Kirsch

    Psychological operations, or PsyOps, is a topic I’ve been interested in for a while. It’s a blend of social engineering and marketing, both passions of mine. That's why I found the keynote by Renée DiResta, Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, particularly interesting.  The…

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  • Live from Black Hat: Practical Defenses…
    August 6, 2020 | By Chris Kirsch

    Adversarial machine learning (ML) is a hot new topic that I now understand much better thanks to this talk at Black Hat USA 2020. Ariel Herbert-Voss, Senior Research Scientist at OpenAI, walked us through the current attack landscape. Her talk clearly outlined how current attacks work and how you…

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  • Live from Black Hat: Healthscare – An…
    August 6, 2020 | By Chris Kirsch

    Healthcare providers heavily leverage technology. In his talk, Seth Fogie, information security director at Penn Medicine takes apart different vendor systems at the “fictitious” Black Hat Clinic. Fogie gives a lot of examples and drives home the point that you shouldn’t just look at network…

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  • Live From Black Hat: Stress-Testing…
    August 5, 2020 | By Chris Kirsch

    Technology and elections are heavily interrelated – but it wasn’t always that way. We started to adopt technology once we weren’t able to fit everyone into a town hall. The first piece of technology was simply a piece of paper and a ballot box. We may not think of it as technology, but the ballot…

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  • Evaluating and Selecting AppSec Vendors…
    May 8, 2020 | By Chris Kirsch

    Application security (AppSec) has seen quite an uptick over the last 10 years, with no signs of slowing down. When your organization is ready to tackle the challenge of building a strong AppSec program, you may find yourself wondering where to plug in various tools and solutions – and even where to…

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