Following the introduction of the ZeroFOX Alpha team last week, we thought it would make sense to introduce a couple members of the team. Their goal is to identify cybersecurity trends, explore attacker tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), and help drive technology innovations and best practices to remediate threats found on social. With network compromise via social media outpacing all other web-based attacks, beating email by a factor of 10x, it is imperative for security teams to understand the threats posed by social media.
They’ve been hard at work over the past few months building algorithms and researching some of the latest threats, such as financial scams on Instagram, methods to automate spearphishing with machine learning and new elements of the attack life cycle. They presented 5 presentations at Black Hat, DEF CON and B-Side in Las Vegas.
Let’s take a look at some of the members of ZeroFOX’s Alpha team.
Mike Price: Mike is currently Chief Technology Officer at ZeroFOX, the industry’s leading social media information security company. He guides ZeroFOX Engineering & Research in the application of cutting edge technology to the problem of stopping attacks launched via social media. He has extensive experience in the information security field, having worked in the area of InfoSec-related R&D for 15+ years. He is also a published author having contributed to several popular titles such as Hacking Exposed. He is also co-founder of the 8.8 Computer Security Conference, held annually in Santiago, Chile.
Phil Tully, Ph.D. [Machine Learning]: Philip Tully is a Principal Data Scientist at ZeroFOX. He employs natural language processing and computer vision techniques in order to develop predictive models for combating threats emanating from social media. His pivot into the realm of InfoSec is recent, but his experience with machine learning and artificial neural networks is not. Rather than learning patterns within text and image data, his previous work focused on learning patterns of spikes in large-scale recurrently connected neural circuit models. He earned his joint doctorate degree in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the University of Edinburgh in mid-2016, and holds a BA in computer science from Vassar College. He has previously spoken at Black Hat, DEF CON and across the neuroscience conference circuit. He’s also published several peer-reviewed journal papers, which can be found at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Philip_Tully
Nate Buesgens [Threat Research Engineering]: Nate is a Senior Research Engineer at ZeroFOX, where he works closely with his data science peers to productionize machine learning capabilities at a ‘social’ scale. He is a manager that coordinates activities for the team to foster an agile mindset. With nearly a decade in information & network security throughout his career, his experiences at Verizon, T. Rowe Price and Vision Technology has been instrumental to the growth and success of ZeroFOX Research.
Kavan McEachern [Development Operations Engineering]: Kavan is a Senior Research Engineer at ZeroFOX, where he focuses on research, architecture and development of data-driven technologies for stopping attacks launched via social media. He has been a leading member of the ZeroFOX Engineering and Research teams since the company’s early days. Kavan has a degree in computer science from Vassar College and participated in a wide range of scientific projects before joining ZeroFOX, including origins of life research at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and multi-robot communication at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute.
With 75+ years of information and network security research experience the social media security research team is ready to uncover the most cutting edge threats posed on social media. Feel free to learn more about their research through our blog, whitepapers, webinars and more. Stay secure while on social!