CanSecWest, PacSec, & PWN2OWN – Dragos Ruiu – PSW #723

Dragos is the Organizer of CanSecWest, PACSEC, originator of PWN2OWN, and does security auditing, and virtual engagement/training. Visit for all the latest episodes!

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CanSecWest, PacSec, & PWN2OWN


Dragos Ruiu

Dragos Ruiu – CEO at Inc.


Dragos is the organizer of Canada’s and Japan’s oldest, most technical, information security conferences at CanSecWest and PacSec, for 21 and 17 years respectively. He started out as a computer dinosaur from back when computers used paper tape (P DP11) and along the way has worked on supercomputers used by various government agencies, as well as working on network monitoring systems for HP for 7 years, picking up an Emmy along the way for the MPEG digital video analyzers used for the first HDTV stations. He does security audits for mission critical systems, and has organized infosec conferences in Vancouver, London, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong, as well as starting the PWN2OWN competition. More recently since the pandemic he has been focusing on helping conferences pivot their technology and rationalize their systems for virtual on-line formats.


Larry Pesce

Larry Pesce – Principal Managing Consultant and Director of Research & Development at InGuardians


Larry’s core specialties include hardware and wireless hacking, architectural review, and traditional pentesting. He also regularly gives talks at DEF CON, ShmooCon, DerbyCon, and various BSides. Larry holds the GAWN, GCISP, GCIH, GCFA, and ITIL certifications, and has been a certified instructor with SANS for 5 years, where he trains the industry in advanced wireless and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) hacking. Larry’s independent research for the show has led to interviews with the New York Times with MythBusters’ Adam Savage, hacking internet-connected marital aids on stage at DEFCON, and having his RFID implant cloned on stage at Shmoocon. When not hard at work, Larry enjoys long walks on the beach weighed down by his ham radio, (DE KB1TNF), and thinking of ways to survive the impending zombie apocalypse.

Lee Neely

Lee Neely – Senior Cyber Analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Lee Neely is a senior IT and security professional at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) with over 25 years of experience. He has been involved in many aspects of IT from system integration and quality testing to system and security architecture since 1986. He has had extensive experience with a wide variety of technology and applications from point implementations to enterprise solutions. Lee has worked with securing information systems since he installed his first firewall in 1989.

Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian – Founder at Security Weekly


Paul Asadoorian is the founder of Security Weekly, which was acquired by CyberRisk Alliance. Paul spent time “in the trenches” implementing security programs for a lottery company and then a large university. Paul is offensive, having spent several years as a penetration tester. As Product Evangelist for Tenable Network Security, Paul built a library of materials on the topic of vulnerability management. When not hacking together embedded systems (or just plain hacking them) or coding silly projects in Python, Paul can be found researching his next set of headphones.

Tyler Robinson

Tyler Robinson – Director of Offensive Security & Research at Trimarc Security, Founder & CEO at Dark Element


As the Managing Director of Offensive Security & Research at Trimarc, Tyler leads a team of high-performance security professionals within the offensive security field by simulating sophisticated adversaries and creating scalable offensive security platforms using the latest techniques as seen in the wild. With over 2 decades of experience, Tyler specializes in Red Teaming, APT threat modeling, blackbox network penetration testing, and Physical/Social-Engineering. Tyler has presented at multiple conferences including BSides, DefCon and Blackhat panels, SANS security events and to multiple branches of the military.


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