Valerie Thomas

Valerie Thomas

Executive Information Security Consultant

Securicon

Valerie Thomas is a Executive Information Security Consultant for Securicon LLC that specializes in social engineering and physical penetration testing. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering, Valerie led information security assessments for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) before joining private industry. Her unique Defense and civilian background provides her with a solid understanding of intrusion detection, data loss prevention, and endpoint (in)security. Her electronic and RFID training became a crucial element of her physical security specialization. While some choose to focus on cyber of physical security, she has chosen to exploit the weaknesses of the combination of the two. As an ethical hacker and consultant she holds multiple industry certifications. Valerie is the coauthor of “Building an Information Security Awareness Program: Defending Against Social Engineering and Technical Threats” with Bill Gardner. Throughout her career, Valerie has conducted penetration tests, vulnerability assessments, compliance audits, and technical security training for executives, developers, and other security professionals. She has provided briefings and workshops for DEF CON, Derbycon, Blackhat, and multiple BSides events.

Sessions

The Hacker’s Perspective: Building Cyber Resiliency

Wednesday, June 6th
10:30am11:30am
Whether you call them “white hat” or “ethical”, hackers are providing value to organizations by improving the cyber resiliency of connected products and services. Learn what terms like red-teaming and penetration testing mean, and how the security industry can benefit from them and other initiating programs offering bounties to hack their systems before malicious actors do.