Chenxi Wang, Ph.D. (Forrester Research)

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Chenxi (OWASP AppSec US ’08 speaker)


Chenxi serves Security & Risk professionals. She is a leading expert on content security, application security, and vulnerability management. Chenxi leads the effort at Forrester to build the application security and Web 2.0 security research portfolio.

Chenxi's research builds on her in-depth technical insights and her years of research experience. Chenxi covers topics such as best practices for content and application security, emerging threats, and operational aspects of security deployment. Chenxi has also written about the China technology market and closely follows the technology adoption trends in that market.

Prior to Forrester, Chenxi was the chief scientist for KSR, a risk management service provider startup in Silicon Valley. Previously, Chenxi was an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She was an instrumental faculty member behind the inception of CMU's Cylab. At CMU, Chenxi led a number of high-profile research projects, including multimillion dollar projects from the Department of Defense and National Science Foundation. Chenxi was a consultant to the FTC, HP Labs, Emerson, Lucent, and a number of venture capital companies.

Chenxi has been frequently quoted in the press, including such media outlets as The New York Times and Infoworld. An accomplished public speaker, Chenxi also has delivered keynote and highlighted speeches at many events, including Chevron's IT conference, Forrester Leadership Boards events, and other customer events. In her previous role as an academic, Chenxi delivered many research talks at top academic conferences and institutions such as Stanford University and the University of Cambridge.

Chenxi received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Virginia. Her Ph.D. thesis work was awarded an ACM Samuel Alexander award for excellence in research. She received a B.S. from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.