Brian Olson

Brian Olson leads the global incident response team at Verizon Media. In this role he is responsible for intrusion detection, threat hunting & incident response functions at Internet-scale with products such as Yahoo, AOL, Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget just to name a few.

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Brian started his career in 1998 working in desktop support after earning his first certification from CompTIA and working his way into system administration. He enjoyed breaking systems down and learning the inner workings of tech, build systems and troubleshooting issues. After a 4 year hiatus from tech to serve in the US Navy as an avionics technician (AT2), Brian had the opportunity to get back into tech with an information security role. Since 2007 Brian has had the opportunity to fill a lot of different roles in information security including network & host forensic analyst, red team, security engineer & incident responder. With experience in a wide variety of InfoSec functions, Brian fell in love with fighting the good fight as an incident responder. Something he took away from life in the Navy is that a career in incident response is not a job or a thing you do, it is a different lifestyle.

Brian has earned a masters in information security from University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) along with many industry certifications including GNFA & CISSP. He also previously taught the Cybersecurity Operations course at Capitol Technology University.

Outside of work Brian enjoys all-things-tech, traveling, and finding local spots with good food & drinks.