Computer security innovator and former adjunct professor of computer science with more than twenty five years of industry and programming experience.  Has demonstrated specialized technical expertise in detecting network worm propagation and web application attacks, as well as the operations of advanced persistent threat (APT) groups such as foreign governments.  A key member of the team that created  the first network appliance to detect drive-by download web exploits.

Formal Education

  • Ph.D. in Physics, University of California Davis
  • M.S. in Physics, University of California Davis
  • M.S. in Computer Science, University of California Davis
  • B.S. in Mathematical Physics, University of Sussex, UK

Career Highlights

  • Chief scientist and developer of a novel statistical algorithms to detect exploit websites installing malware on client computers 
  • Founding CEO and CTO of a company that developed a high-speed network web application attack detection system
  • Invented and developed a parser and zero-day detection module for PDF (Adobe’s Portable Data Format) files to address shift of web-based attacks to increasingly be centered in downloaded PDF files
  • Author of security research papers and patents that have been cited over 10,000 times in the scientific literature
  • Named inventor of about a dozen issued U.S. patents, including novel systems and methods of detecting malware within network content

Expert Qualifications

  • Consulting and testifying expert for plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement and patent validity litigations, including in relation to technologies used by such companies as British Telecom (BT), McAfee, and Symantec
  • Author of an expert declaration in the Inter Partes Review (IPR) of a patent regarding the protection of computer networks from malware 
  • Working as an expert retained by Cisco, researched prior art, prepared claim charts, submitted expert declarations, and was deposed in relation to three IPRs before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Was deposed and testified at trial regarding patent invalidity and non-infringement in a patent litigation before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware the outcome of which included a win for his client on that patent