As an astronomer, teacher and author of the popular book, “The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage,” Stoll has been mesmerizing his students and other audiences for decades with his lively antics, insights, droll wit and fascinating life experiences. An authentic pioneer in the field of cybersecurity, he is responsible for inventing some of the essential tools still in use today by security professionals all over the world.
CrowdStrike CTO and Co-Founder Dmitri Alperovitch, who introduced Stoll’s keynote address at the conference, said, “Cliff Stoll is the man who discovered a nation-state hack way back in the 1980’s when he was the administrator of a network at the university (Berkeley). He really invented most of the capabilities we now rely on. For instance, Cliff invented the original honey pots; he invented computer forensics systems; he invented attribution back in the day — some 30 years ago. We couldn’t think of a better speaker to have at our initial conference.”
Clifford Stoll graduated from the University of Arizona with a PhD and has had a variety of roles from engineer at a New York radio station to teacher to administrator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His incredible story of discovering and foiling an unprecedented and brazen cyberattack by nation-state-sponsored agents against what was then known as the ARPANET, predecessor of the internet, has inspired generations of cryptologists and cybersecurity professionals.
Learn more about the first CrowdStrike Fal.Con Unite Cybersecurity Conference, which was held November, 2017.