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Open-Source Intelligence Summit

Alexandria, VA | Tue, Feb 18 - Mon, Feb 24, 2020
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The advisory board members are volunteers from the cybersecurity community who provide input on topics, review CFP submissions, help recruit speakers, and provide mentoring to selected speakers. Interested in serving on the advisory board for a future Summit? Email SummitSpeakers@sans.org.


Matt Edmondson

Matt Edmondson @matt0177

By day, Matt performs technical duties for the U.S. government and has extensive experience with open-source intelligence (OSINT) and digital forensics including conducting numerous examinations and testifying as an expert witness on multiple occasions.

By night, he is a Principal at Argelius Labs, where he performs security assessments and consulting work.

A recognized expert in his field with a knack for communicating complicated technical issues to non-technical personnel, Matt routinely provides cybersecurity instruction to individuals from the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Interior, as well as other agencies, and has spoken frequently at information security conferences and meetings.


Micah Hoffman

Micah Hoffman @WebBreacher


Micah Hoffman has been working in the information technology field since 1998 supporting federal government, commercial, and internal customers in their searches to discover and quantify information security weaknesses within their organizations. He leverages years of hands-on, real-world OSINT, penetration testing, and incident response experience to provide excellent solutions to his customers. Micah is the author of SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis, is a SANS Certified Instructor, and holds GIAC's GMON, GAWN, GWAPT, and GPEN certifications as well as the CISSP. Micah is a highly active member in the cyber security and OSINT communities. When not working, teaching, or learning, Micah can be found hiking on Appalachian Trail or the many park trails in Maryland.


Josh Huff

Josh Huff @baywolf88


Josh Huff is an OSINT Analyst in the Finance industry. With a prior background in digital forensics and private investigation he'ss been able to use open source intelligence in a variety of professional applications. Josh blogs his OSINT research at https://www.learnallthethings.net/


Kirby Plessas

Kirby Plessas @kirbstr


Kirby Plessas is founder and CEO of Plessas Experts Network, Inc. (PEN), an Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) internet technology and information extraction company specializing in training, researching, and consulting to meet the unique needs of diverse law enforcement, government, and private-sector organizations.
Kirby established herself as one of the foremost tradecraft experts in OSINT through a successful career as a member of the U.S. Military and as a Government Contractor prior to founding PEN in 2008. A service-disabled veteran, Kirby began her career in Military Intelligence as an Arabic linguist supporting the Department of Defense. Upon completion of her Army service, Ms. Plessas applied her Military Intelligence expertise through the use of her OSINT experience at the Defense Intelligence Agency, supporting the warfighter and other Intelligence Community activities. Acknowledged as an expert in her field, in 2007 she was selected to participate and instrumental in the creation and institution of an innovation center for conducting Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). In great tribute to her long list of personal and corporate accomplishments in her field, the Department of Homeland Security declared Kirby Plessas an OSINT Technical Expert (2010).
Through her work at PEN, Kirby shares her love of innovative technology and OSINT expert skill by delivering hands-on training courses throughout the United States and internationally. Presenting at conferences, corporate workshops, and consulting, over the last decade Ms. Plessas has taught social media and Dark Web classes for more than 12,000 members of law enforcement. Supporting several agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice, a major credit card company and other private industry investigator groups with OSINT training, Kirby demonstrates her adaptability and expertise by presenting training workshops that rely heavily upon the live internet instead of a slide deck. Kirby has presented workshops and served as a panel expert at conferences including SXSW Interactive, the Dutch Cyber Crime Conference, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, National Association for Medicaid Program Integrity, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the International Conference on Transnational Organized Crime.


Justin Seitz

Justin Seitz @jms_dot_py

Justin Seitz is the founder of AutomatingOSINT.com. He helps teach people how to write code for real world applications.


John TerBush

John TerBush @thegumshoo

John TerBush currently works as a senior threat researcher with the Insikt Group at Recorded Future, a leading provider of cyber threat intelligence (CTI). Prior to this and other roles in CTI, he worked as a security operations center (SOC) analyst with a large managed security service organization handling response for numerous Fortune 500 companies. While working through a sea of alerts and research, he developed a focus on creating network detections and tracking attacks. His first role in cyber security consisted of conducting vulnerability and security assessments.

Prior to entering the information security field, John worked for over two decades in legal research and private investigations, providing open-source research, surveillance, court testimony, undercover operations and other investigatory work of all types. John acted as the director of investigations and lead investigator for two well-known regional investigation companies for over a decade, before starting his own investigations firm.

John's background as both a private investigator and cyber threat intelligence analyst make him uniquely suited to share a well-rounded perspective on open-source investigations and other forms of research.

John assisted with the development of the SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis course.

He is a member of both the SANS GIAC Advisory Board and the SANS Open Source Intelligence Summit Advisory Board, and holds the GIAC GCIA and GREM certifications as well as the CISSP. John is also active within the information security and investigative communities.

John is an avid outdoorsman and in his free time may be found camping, mountain biking, kayaking or doing other such activities as far from civilization as possible.


Tazz @GRCNinja

Tazz is a security veteran whose technology interests began with Atari and she was amazed when a word processor had enough memory to hold multiple lines. She's been involved with technology since 1997 starting her career in communications, after which she completed her degree. She's had various IT roles and responsibilities over the years to include Field Software (Breaker/Fixer) Engineer, System Administrator of Chaos, IA Hoodlum, Compliance Sorceress, Information Security Cat Herder, Security Architect and is currently a Security Squirrel. She enjoys fitness, horseback riding, weather above 70F, and anything full of laughs and weird people.