Adam O'Donnell
Code has Consequences
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Adam O'Donnell

Code has Consequences

We security engineers are asked to produce powerful tools on short timelines. Our software is able to stop bad guys from doing bad things to our systems - if they are used properly and by the right people. In the wrong hands, remote investigation tools can be used to stalk ex partners, adtech can be used to pinpoint outsider populations for government sanction, and proxy systems can be repurposed for state-level internet censorship. This talk is a call to consider the consequences of our code, both for us and our employer, and in the here and now and in the future.


Adam O'Donnell

Dr. Adam J. O’Donnell (@adamjodonnell) is a Principal Engineer in Cisco's Advanced Threat group where he architects Cisco’s next generation security products in the email and mobile space. He arrived at Cisco through their purchase of Sourcefire, which bought Adam’s startup Immunet, providing the core of Cisco’s Advanced Malware Protection platform.

In his free time he is involved in the visual arts community in the Bay Area, and serves as the Treasurer of the Board for Root Division, an arts education non-profit based in San Francisco.

Adam completed my Ph.D. as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Drexel University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005.