User:Ryan W Smith

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At Praetorian Ryan's current focus is on the development of technology and systems in support of computer network defense, attack, and exploitation. Prior to joining Praetorian, Ryan Smith was an Associate Staff member of the Information Systems Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His previous work at Lincoln Labs was in the code analysis group, in which he focused on the development of a prototype tool to automate the malware analysis process using information flow and virtual machine introspection. Prior to Lincoln Laboratory, Mr. Smith worked at 21st Century Technologies and Applied Research Labs in Austin, TX, and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, TX. Previous work has included graph-based network attack correlation, steganography, netflow traffic analysis, vulnerability and risk analysis, and identity management.

Ryan was an active member of the Honeynet Project from 2002 - 2008, in which he participated in the testing and development of various honeynet technologies, and was invited to give several talks on the usefulness of honeynets for strengthening network security as well as research. While at the University of Texas, Ryan was the head of the local information security group on campus, and the organizer of the local cyber "capture the flag" exercise. As a result of this position, he was invited to a NFS funded workshop to determine the efficacy of a National Collegiate Cyber Defense Exercise, and subsequently assisted in the organization of the inaugural Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which now hosts over 50 Universities in 8 regional qualifiers and a finalist round in San Antonio. While at the University of Texas, Ryan also led a team of graduate students to design and implement a prototype of an automated polymorphic shellcode analyzer to extract the system calls and parameters of arbitrarily obfuscated Windows shellcode.

Industry designations include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Ryan received a M.S. in Security informatics from Johns Hopkins, where he focused on network and systems security as well as privacy and technical public policy. He also received a B.S in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas in Austin, where he focused on information assurance and network communications.