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Rik Ferguson

Vice President, Security Research

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“This is not about open source versus closed; it’s also not about Android versus iOS or any other mobile operating system. It’s about criminals versus people, it’s about hype and reality, and it’s about knee-jerk self-preservation versus openness and consideration.”

Experience: 17+ years

Secure infrastructure design; emerging threats and security technologies

BA, University of Wales; CISSP-ISSAP; Certified Ethical Hacker

About: Rik is actively engaged in research into online threats and the underground economy. He also researches the wider implications of new developments in the Information Technology arena and their impact on security both for consumers and in the enterprise, contributing to product development and marketing plans. Recognized as an industry thought leader and analyst, Rik is regularly quoted by the press on issues surrounding information security, cybercrime and technology futures by trade, national and international media. Follow Rik on Twitter.

Favorite quote: “If you want to live life on your own terms, you’ve got to be willing to crash and burn” – Nikki Sixx

Expert in Action

See Rik’s insights on TrendLabs' Security Intelligence blog and on Countermeasures.

Rik discusses the launch of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance – ICSPA

Watch Rik Ferguson’s induction into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame

Raimund Genes

Chief Technology Officer

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“Data’s on the move, so the traditional means of defense—where you had fortress around your infrastructure around your data—doesn’t work anymore.”

30+ years

Specialty: Computer and network security

MS, Radar Guidance, German Air Force Academy; Certified Network Engineer

About:  As Chief Technology Officer, Raimund is responsible for introducing new methods to detect and eradicate threats, and to predict movements in the digital underground with his team of threat researchers.  He manages a team of developers and researchers around the globe who create Trend Micro’s new core technology components to protect customers against digital threats under the Smart Protection Network umbrella.

Raimund has held several executive management positions within Trend Micro including General Manager for Trend Micro’s Incubation Business, President of European Operations; European Vice President of Sales and Marketing; and Managing Director.

Expert in Action

See Raimund’s CTO insights on his video blog and Trend Micro’s Cloud Security blog.

Check out Trend Micro's CTO, Raimund Genes, on Cisco's Executive Viewpoints: Benefits and Challenges of Cloud.

Lynette Owens

Global Director, Internet Safety for Kids and Families

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“A community approach to teaching kids to think critically on their own about what they are saying, doing, and sharing online is more important than ever.”

Experience: 20+ years

Specialty: Internet safety for youth, families, and teachers

MBA, University of California, Berkeley; BS Finance, Boston College

About: Lynette T. Owens is founder and Global Director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) program. After many years in marketing roles and serving 6 years as Associate Vice President of corporate marketing for Trend Micro, Lynette founded ISKF in 2008 to extend the company’s vision of making a world safe for the exchange of digital information to the world’s youngest citizens. As a pro-technology parent and Internet safety advocate, Lynette spends her time educating the public, collaborating with NGOs and technology and media companies, and recruiting employee volunteers in 19 countries. She is a board member of the Family Online Safety Institute and advisory board member of the newly formed U.S. Safer Internet Day Awareness Committee.  Follow Lynette on Twitter.

Favorite quote: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." –William Butler Yeats

Expert in Action

See Lynette's insights on the Internet Safety for Kids and Families blog.

Lynette recently shared insights on the work she is doing with the Natick, Massachusetts school district's 1:1 laptop program in PBS MediaShift

Read her guest blog for Forbes, "Bad Apple? Who's To Blame For Kids' In-Game Shopping Sprees?"

JD Sherry

Vice President of Technology and Solutions

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Experience: 15+ years

Specialty: CIO perspective on enterprise architecture, infrastructure and security for data center/cloud ecosystems

MBA, Jones International University; BS, University of Nebraska

About: Well-versed in enterprise, data center, and cloud architectures, JD has successfully implemented large-scale public, private, and hybrid clouds leveraging the latest in virtualization and security technologies. Over the past decade, he has established himself as a trusted senior advisor and cloud security specialist for the protection of Payment Card Industry (PCI), Health Information Privacy Act (HIPAA), and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data. JD also has an extensive background in developing and bringing to market mobility platforms and applications which includes a patent on authentication: System and Method for Authentication Using a Graphical Password. JD speaks globally about the challenges of securing information in today’s Internet of Everything.

Favorite quote: "What we do in life, echoes in eternity." –Russell Crowe as General Maximus, Gladiator-2000

Expert in Action

JD Sherry speaks about the impacts of cyber attacks on large cities - Watch video here

JD speaks on the threat landscape at the Sydney, Australia Evolve Security Summit

AWS Summit, San Francisco – The State of Cloud Security

California IT Security Awareness Fair – Cyber Attacks Impacting Private and Public Ecosystems

AWS Summit - Watch video here

VMware/Trend Mid Market - Watch video here

Mark Nunnikhoven

Principal Engineer, Cloud & Emerging Technologies

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"Ignore the hype. What’s exciting about the cloud is that it enables focus, it enables amplification. For the first time, teams can spend almost 100% of their time directly delivering business value and that opens up worlds of possibilities."

Experience: 15+ years

Specialty: Securing dynamic, large scale computing environments

Master of Information Systems Security with a specialization in Digital Forensics, GCIH, GCFA, GCIA

About: Building on an extensive career securing complex enterprise environments, Mark speaks regularly on the challenges facing business as they move from the data centre to hybrid environments, to working fully in the cloud.
An active member of the IEEE and ACM, Mark regularly works with clients, partners, and the community to conduct research and study the real world impacts moving to the cloud has on a security practice. Regularly sought after to speak on cloud computing, cloud security, and modernizing security practices, Mark is an accomplished speaker and computer scientist.

Favorite quote: "Offense sells tickets; Defense wins championships," Dave Thorson

Expert in Action

Mark presenting at AWS re:Invent 2013 on how we use AWS to deploy Deep Security as a Service.

Addressing the challenges in network security monitoring as you move to the cloud, presented at SecTor 2013 and AtlSecCon 2013.

Interview with Paul Cooper of ITProPortal on Trend’s comprehensive approach to cloud security.

Mark discussing the AWS Test Drive program with AWS' Jeff Barr.

Christopher Budd

Global Threat Communications Manager

Christopher Budd

Experience: 19 years

Specialty: Vulnerabilities, Privacy, Incident Response

BA Oberlin College, MA St. John’s College

About: Christopher Budd is a global threat communications manager with Trend Micro. His focus is on communications around online security and privacy threats to help people understand in plain English the risks they face and what they can do about them. In addition, he focuses on managing crisis communications utilizing a framework and processes he helped put in place.

Prior to Trend Micro, Christopher worked as an independent consultant focused on helping clients build crisis communications frameworks for online security and privacy incidents. Christopher draws on his experience as a ten-year veteran of the Microsoft Corporation, where he oversaw and managed worldwide internal and external communications around security and privacy incidents affecting Microsoft customers. During his tenure at Microsoft, he pioneered new strategies and tactics embracing new media technologies that dramatically improved the handling of communications around incidents and helped, as he likes to say, “make awful news just bad”.

Christopher is a seasoned spokesperson and speaker and presenter. He has been an expert on television and radio numerous times. At Microsoft he led a live monthly security webcast for over six years. He has also given numerous presentations on communications and technology at a variety of technology and non-technology conferences.

He has also given numerous presentations on communications and technology at a variety of technology and non-technology conferences. He is a columnist at on security and privacy and he is a fellow of the Ponemon Institute.

Favorite quote: “Don’t panic. I’ll tell you when to panic.”

Expert in Action

How to protect consumers - Watch video here

Forward Looking Threat Research

Forward Looking Threat Research (FTR) is an elite team of researchers whose mission is to scout the future of the Internet and predict the future evolutions of cybercrime. The e-crimes unit works closely with international law enforcement partners like Interpol and ITU to help make the world safe for the exchange of digital information. FTR was instrumental in the FBI take down of Rove Digital, and the arrest of key figures behind the "Police Ransomware" attacks and most recently the FBI arrest of the author of the notorious SpyEye banking trojan. You can see more of FTRs work described in their research papers and on the Security Intelligence blog.

TrendLabsSM Multinational Research Center

TrendLabs is the Trend Micro center for global technical support and research and development. With headquarters in the Philippines and regional labs in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, TrendLabs has more than 1,200 security experts and support engineers, all providing continuous coverage to Trend Micro customers worldwide.

TrendLabs is the backbone of the Trend Micro service infrastructure. It is committed to 24x7 threat surveillance, attack prevention, and timely and seamless solutions delivery.

TrendLabs researchers are equipped with the latest tools and technology to respond to global and local real-time developments in the threat landscape, such as malware, mobile threats, and advanced persistent threats (APTs) and targeted attacks. TrendLabs recently earned ISO/IEC 20000-1:2005 certification for adherence to IT service management.

TREND MICRO is a strategic partner of INTERPOL

TREND MICRO analyses and accumulates security threat intelligence and we are protecting our customers through Trend Micro Smart Protection Network.
Also we are providing these threats intelligence to INTERPOL in various ways to support their fight against cybercrimes.

Please click here to download the PDF file for more details about our partnership.

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