Jeff Moss is a nonresident senior fellow with the Cyber Statecraft Initiative within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He is also the founder and creator of both the Black Hat Briefings and DEF CON, two of the most influential information security conferences in the world, attracting over ten thousand people from around the world to learn the latest in security technology from those researchers who create it. DEF CON just had its twenty-seventh anniversary.
Mr. Moss previously worked as the chief security officer for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit whose responsibilities include coordinating and ensuring the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet’s unique global identifiers such as IP address allocations, AS and protocol numbers, and digitally signing and maintaining the root zone of the Internet. This position involved extensive international travel and coordination with governments, law enforcement, and operational security communities.
Prior to this, Mr. Moss was a director at Secure Computing Corporation where he helped establish their Professional Services Department in the United States, Asia, and Australia. His primary work was security assessments of large multi-national corporations. Jeff has also worked for Ernst & Young, LLP in their Information System Security division. Because of this background, Mr. Moss is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between the underground researcher community and law enforcement, between the worlds of pure research and the responsible application of disclosure.
He is currently a member of the US Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), providing advice and recommendations to the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to homeland security. Mr. Moss is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.