I’m a CISSP and the author of When Gadgets Betray Us (Basic Books, 2011), the first mainstream non-fiction book to discuss hardware hacking, and the risks inherent within our everyday gadgets. I’m also an award-winning journalist with more than a dozen years of major news organization experience specializing in the Internet of Everything, computer security, cybercrime, and computer malware. Additional skills include editing, product review, on-camera talent, and podcast host.

Specialties: I’ve written extensively about computer security, criminal hacking, incident response, identity management, privacy, vulnerability disclosure, data loss prevention, botnets, malware, virus writers, mobile malware, cross-site scripting attacks, flaws within DNS, and PCI compliance.

I’ve also received professional training in securing wireless networks, how attackers profile and exploit social engineering, and digital forensics and incident response.


Senior Security Analyst  Mocana Corporation

March 2011 – August 2014

Mocana is a smart device security start up focused on mobile security and embedded systems security. While there I presented at conferences around the world, wrote a daily blog called DeviceLine (, and hosted a weekly radio show interviewing industry leaders. I also produced and directed all of Mocana’s videos (

Author  When Gadgets Betray Us

March 2009 – Present

I am the author of a book on hacking common gadgets, When Gadgets Betray Us, available from Basic Books.


January 2009 – Present

Since March 2010, I have written security content for My Defense In Depth blog has covered security flaws in Cisco VoIP phones and hazmat operations at Verizon.

Columnist Windows Secrets

November 2008 – 2012

I wrote the In the Wild security column for the Windows Secrets newsletter.


Contributing Editor   PC World

December 2008 – July 2012 (3 years 8 months)

I wrote about security topics for both the print and online editions of PC World magazine.


Analyst, Security, Risk and Fraud  Javelin Strategy & Research

February 2009 – February 2011 (2 years 1 month)

Analyst, managing the security, risk, fraud practice at Javelin Strategy & Research.


Senior Editor  CNET Networks

November 1999 – December 2008 (9 years 2 months)

As Senior Editor, I performed the following duties:
• Blogger: posted three security-related CNET News stories a day (on average)
• Podcaster: hosted a security podcast
• Columnist: wrote weekly security column syndicated on MSNBC, CNN, and CBS affiliate sites worldwide
• Reporter: covered major computer security conferences such as RSA, Black Hat, Shmoocon, and others
• Newsletter editor: created a weekly security newsletter
• Reviewer: managed a team of freelance writers for software reviews

• April 2008, co-presented a talk on teenage social network hackers at RSA San Francisco, the largest security conference in North America.
• November 2006, moderated a privacy and security panel at the Harvard Business School as part of Cyberposium 12.
• August 2006, cited as expert on laptop thefts by the New York Times
• July 2006, cited as an expert by the BBC on Apple computer security.
• Interviewed live on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, various times.

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