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!
Georgia Weidman is a serial entrepreneur, penetration tester, security researcher, speaker, trainer, mentor, and author. Her work in smartphone exploitation received a DARPA Cyber Fast Track grant and has been featured internationally in print and on television. Georgia is the author of Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking. She’s presented or conducted training around the world including Blackhat / DEF CON, RSA, NSA, and West Point.
Georgia founded Shevirah to create products for assessing and managing the risk of mobile devices in the enterprise and testing the effectiveness of enterprise mobility management solutions. She’s also the founder of the security consulting firm Bulb Security. She is a graduate of and a mentor at the Mach37 cybersecurity accelerator and an angel investor.
Georgia received the 2015 Women’s Society of CyberJutsu Pentest Ninja award. She is on the board of advisors at the cybersecurity 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 a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America.