Wade Baker, Ph.D.
In addition to his role with the Cyentia Institute, Wade is a professor in Virginia Tech’s College of Business, teaching in the MBA and Master of IT programs. He’s also proud to serve on the Advisory Boards of the RSA Conference and FAIR Institute. Wade loves learning from cybersecurity data and sharing those lessons to help others learn as well - whether that’s in the classroom, boardroom, or anywhere in between. Prior to founding Cyentia, Wade was the VP of Strategy and Analytics at ThreatConnect and before that had the great fortune of leading Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report team for a number of years.
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Jay is a security data scientist with a deep-seated passion for using data to improve cybersecurity decisions, practice, and products. He enjoys digging into data to find the insight and knowledge to tackle hard problems and do amazing things for his company, customers, and the community at large. Though he’s taken on many projects, Jay is probably best known for his contributions to Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report series and his book "Data-Driven Security: Analysis, Visualization and Dashboards." Jay is a founding member of the Society of Information Risk Analysts, and remains an active proponent of improving how we measure and manage risk.
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Benjamin Edwards, Ph.D.
Dr. Benjamin Edwards joined Cyentia at the beginning of 2019 as hire #1. He was formerly with IBM Research, where he worked in applying advanced machine learning techniques to solve real world security problems and shaped the next generation of analytical security models. Before that he received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico with a research focus that blended the fields of security, data science, and complex systems. His work has lead to a better understanding of global attack trends, the effects of security interventions, and even nation state cybersecurity policy.
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David F. Severski
David F. Severski is an information security data scientist, specializing in quantified risk management. He has provided risk management expertise across diverse industries -- retail, aerospace, finance, energy, and healthcare. David brings both broad and deep expertise in a number of technical areas with a special focus on cloud technologies and DevOps practices. He strives to combine rigorous methods, technical expertise, and a human-centered approach to advance the state of evidence-based information security risk management. David lives in Seattle, Washington with a low-maintenance spouse, a high-maintenance house and a spiffy fedora.
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Melanie Trichel has a diverse professional background that includes theatre, video and sound editing, radio broadcasting, teaching, advising college students, and data analysis. As a testament to those varied interests, she holds a B.F.A. in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design and an M.S. in Information Technology from Virginia Tech.
For her, the thing that ties all of this together is the art of storytelling. She believes well-told stories backed by data have the power to influence and drive positive change. Melanie lives in the southern Appalachian (app·uh·latch·uhn) Mountains and loves bears, especially ones named Beorn.
John is a cybersecurity professional who always wants to get just a little bit closer to the data. He joins us from higher education where he did, well, a little bit of everything. Inspired by the FUD-slaying efforts of the DBIR, SIRA, and Cyentia, he developed a knack for reducing cyber risk by helping leaders pick the right problems to solve. Always seeking an interdisciplinary angle–and an opportune Great British Bake Off reference–he is "chuffed" to be here.