Georgia Weidman attended Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted beginning college full time at the age of 14. At 18 she received her B.A. degree in Mathematics. She then completed her M.S. degree in Computer Science from James Madison University with emphases in information security and secure software engineering. While at JMU she joined the cyber defense club and began competing in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Soon she had be reminded to leave the cyber defense lab to go to class. In 2008 her cyber defense team took 2nd in the Mid Atlantic region, and in 2009 she led the team to 1st at regional qualifiers. She continues to support the CCDC organization as a red team member.
Since graduation Georgia has worked in information security in both the public and private sectors. After gaining some experience, she founded Bulb Security LLC, a firm focusing on security training, research and development, and penetration testing. She was awarded a DARPA Cyber Fast Track grant to continue her smartphone research, culminating in the release of the open source tool, the Smartphone Pentest Framework (SPF) for assessing the security posture of smartphones in the enterprise. The tool has been included in Backtrack Linux distribution.
Georgia began speaking at security conferences at Shmoocon 2011 and has had a full schedule ever since, presenting all over the world. To name a few she has spoken at the Blackhat Briefings, Brucon, Hack in the Box, Derbycon, and many Bsides events. She also provides security training, both online and live at hackerspaces, security conferences, and for private clients.
Georgia’s security work has been featured in print articles including CNN, Ars Technica, PC World, and MIT Technology Review. She’s also discussed security on television on programs such as Fox News Live and 16×9 on Global TV Canada.
When not hacking Georgia enjoys writing, photography, film making, and painting. If this whole security rock star thing doesn’t pan out she plans to be a novelist and obscure documentary filmmaker.
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