Senior Security Researcher, ESET
Stephen Cobb has been researching information system security and data privacy for more than 30 years, helping companies, consumers and government agencies to manage IT-related risks, with a focus on emerging threats, cybercrime and workforce issues.
Cobb’s first book on computer security, published by McGraw-Hill in 1991, became part of the industry’s common body of knowledge, and he was one of first people to become a certified information systems security professional (CISSP).
The co-founder of two successful information security companies, Cobb produced cybersecurity and data privacy training programs for several of the world’s largest companies and helped bring to market anti-spam technology that is still in use today.
In 2002, Cobb published a primer on information privacy for businesses and conducted seminars on “data security for privacy professionals” during the introduction of the HIPAA regulations. He has been an invited speaker on cybersecurity and data privacy in more than a dozen countries at events such as HIMSS, NATO CyCon, TEDx DEFCON and the (ISC)2 Security Congress.
Cobb currently heads a U.S.-based research team for ESET, one of the world’s largest security software companies. He holds a master’s degree in security and risk management from the University of Leicester.