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Georgia Weidman      

Founder & CTO of Bulb Security LLC and Shevirah Inc; Entrepreneur & Author

Shevirah founder and CTO Georgia Weidman is a serial entrepreneur, penetration tester, security researcher, speaker, trainer, and author. She holds a MS in computer science as well as holding CISSP, CEH, and OSCP certifications. Her work in the field of smartphone exploitation has been featured internationally in print and on television. She has presented or conducted training around the world including venues such as NSA, West Point, and Black Hat.

She is the author of "Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking" from No Starch Press. She is a New America Cyber Security Policy Fellow. She was the recipient of the 2015 Women’s Society of CyberJutsu Pentest Ninja award. She is on the board of advisors of the angel backed security training startup Cybrary, an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University and University of Maryland University College, a member of the CyberWatch Center's National Visiting Committee, and served as a judge for the FTC’s 2017 Home Inspector IoT security challenge.

Weidman founded Bulb Security LLC, a security consulting firm specializing in security assessments/penetration testing, security training, and research/development. She was awarded a DARPA Cyber Fast Track grant to continue her work in mobile device security culminating in the release of the open source project the Smartphone Pentest Framework (SPF).

She founded Shevirah Inc. to create product solutions for assessing and managing the risk of mobile devices in the enterprise and testing the effectiveness of enterprise mobility management solutions and is a graduate of the Mach37 cybersecurity accelerator.

Weidman is also occasionally an angel investor in cybersecurity startups.

Speech Topics

State of Mobile Cybersecurity in 2023

If an Autistic Girl from Rural Mississippi Can Make It in InfoSec, So Can You: A Travelogue

This is the story of how a 14-year-old high school dropout ended up paired talking about iPhones with Tim Cook on the national news. How a technical practitioner whose only knowledge of business came from the Facebook movie became a funded startup founder by walking into a glass door on her first day at a startup accelerator. How that weird kid with funny hats ended up with government research funding but didn’t know what an invoice was to get the money. How the girl who everyone thought was just a member’s girlfriend at the local hacker meeting gave her first talk at Shmoocon and filled the room by offering free beer at 9am from a little red wagon. Through a series of vignettes, Georgia will discuss how she got here and how you can too!

This is an interesting talk in that it combines diversity, equity, and inclusion with women in technology with a focus on neurodiversity and, of course, is predicated upon Georgia’s personal journey to success in cybersecurity.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain: How Not To Succeed At Cybersecurity Startups

In this talk we will take a dive into the exciting world of turning your hacking tool into a successful product company and how to avoid the common pitfalls encountered by the speaker and her merry band of startup world survivors. We will cover exciting topics such as venture capital funding, startup accelerators, and making your first sale. We will also discuss not as exciting but equally important topics as corporate structures, hiring a CEO, and board meetings. Filled with info and direct quotes from real security practitioners turned startup founders, venture capital investors, and serial expert advisors, this talk will get you ready to start down the path of your own startup journey, or run screaming in the other direction.

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