Dan Hestad

Dan Hestad

Dan is the President of Beadwindow ISR, a New Hampshire based security consulting company. Formerly, Dan was the director of the Advanced Threat Analysis Center (ATAC) for Northrop Grumman Corporation. He has an extensive background and interest in vulnerability research, secure coding, protocol analysis and cryptography. He also has experience in red team and deception operations, Information Operations and Information Warfare. Much of Dan's research remains classified. He has contributed to several high profile cyber investigations including Solar Sunrise and Titan Rain. Prior to founding Beadwindow, Dan spent over 10 years running SIGINT operations for the United States Navy; collecting network based intelligence on such targets as narcotics traffickers, nuclear proliferation operations and counterterrorism targets. He spent 4 years at the NSA (National Security Agency) conducting vulnerability research and supporting national cyber intelligence operations. Dan also served as the Director of Security (CISO) at MFS Investment Management in Boston, MA. For the Infosec Institute, Dan concentrates on teaching the Advanced Ethical Hacking and Reverse Engineering courses; however, he also teaches Certified Ethical Hacking, Application Security and the CISSP courses. Dan completed his graduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School and did extensive research into computational trust models. He also studied and taught at the National Cryptologic School. Dan has spoken at such venues as OWASP, RSA, Gartner, and CSI. He is a regular contributor to the Center for Internet Security metrics research efforts. Dan carries the CISSP, PCI QSA, CEH, CEPT and CRE certifications.

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President, Beadwindow ISR, New Hampshire, USA

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