Abstract: Radically Open Security is the world’s first non-profit computer security consultancy company. With core principles of openness, transparency, and open-source, ROS innovated the "Peek Over Our Shoulder" style of penetration testing, and developed the supporting platform OWASP PenText. Despite initial skepticism about ROS's unusual workflow and business model, ROS has grown to 40+ staff and 80+ customers. In this presentation, Dr. Melanie Rieback will describe her journey and lessons learned, and explain why the future of pentesting is "Radically Open".
Biography: Dr. Melanie Rieback is the CEO/Co-founder of Radically Open Security and Nonprofit Ventures. She is also a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at VU who performed RFID security research (RFID Virus and RFID Guardian), that attracted worldwide press coverage, and won several awards (VU Mediakomeet, ISOC Award, NWO I/O award, IEEE Percom Best Paper, USENIX Lisa Best Paper). Melanie worked as a Senior Engineering Manager on XenClient at Citrix, where she led their Vancouver office. She was also the head researcher in the CSIRT at ING Bank, where she spearheaded their Analysis Lab and the ING Core Threat Intelligence Project. For fun, she co-founded the Dutch Girl Geek Dinner in 2008. Melanie was named 2010 ICT Professional of the Year (Finalist) by WomeninIT, one of the 400 most successful women in the Netherlands by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010 and 2017, one of the fifty most inspiring women in tech (Inspiring Fifty Netherlands) in 2016 and 2017, and the Most Innovative IT Leader by CIO Magazine NL (TIM Award) in 2017. Her company, Radically Open Security was also named the 50th Most Innovative SME by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (MKB Innovatie Top 100) in 2016.