One of your team members set in on Mr. Ranum RSA Conference on “Cyber War” conference and called back to the office and said “I finally found someone who is super smart in computer security and can talk in laymen terms at the same time.”Â We have found that there are not a lot of people in the computer security industry that can speak before a crowd and cameras and not come off like they are talking to a room full of Vulcons.
After reading several website about Mr. Ranum, we have come to the conclusion that we may be the most powerful person in the computer security industry.Â Here is was Wikipedia had to say about Marcus J. Ranum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_J._Ranum)
Marcus J. RanumÂ (born November 5, 1962 inÂ New York City,Â New York,Â USA) is a computer and network security researcher and industry leader. He is credited with a number of innovations inÂ firewalls, including building the first Internet email server for theÂ whitehouse.govÂ domain,Â andÂ intrusion detection systems. He has held leadership positions with a number of computer security companies, and is a Faculty member of theInstitute for Applied Network Security.
Marcus Ranum was born in New York City, and graduated fromÂ Gilman SchoolÂ inÂ Baltimore, MarylandÂ before attendingÂ Johns Hopkins UniversityÂ where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts inÂ PsychologyÂ in 1985.
Ranum designed and implementedÂ Digital Equipment Corporation‘s Secure External Access Link (SEAL) (laterÂ AltaVistaÂ firewall),Â regarded as the first commercial bastion host firewall,Â in 1990. He left DEC to work forÂ Trusted Information SystemsÂ (TIS) as chief scientist and development manager for Internet security products. It was at TIS that Ranum became responsible for the whitehouse.gov Internet email site. Once charged with that responsibility, Ranum advocated that theÂ whitehouse.comÂ domain be registered as well.Â Despite his advice, it was not registered by the government, but was later registered for anÂ adult entertainmentÂ provider.Â At TIS, he developed the TIS Internet Firewall Toolkit (fwtk) under a grant fromÂ DARPA. After TIS, he worked for V-One as chief scientist, and was extensively involved in that company’sÂ IPO. Three months after that IPO, Ranum formed his own company, Network Flight Recorder (NFR), and served asÂ CEOÂ for three years before stepping into aÂ CTOÂ role.Â Ranum later left NFR to consult for TruSecure,Â before joining Tenable Network Security asÂ CSO.
Ranum has spoken toÂ USENIXÂ audiences at LISA 1997,Â 1999 (tutorial)Â LISA 2000 (keynote),Â 2002,Â and 2003 (tutorial).Â He spoke out against full disclosure at the Black Hat Security Briefings in 2000.Â More recently, Ranum has spoken at Interop in 2005Â and 2007,Â CanSecWest in 2010, and Secure360 in 2011.
- TISC “clue” award, 2000.
- Inducted into theÂ ISSAÂ hall of fame, 2000Â or 2001.
- Techno-Security Professional of the Year, 2005.
- Ranum, Marcus (1999-11-01).Â “Selling Security: Fear Leads to . . . the Dark Side”.Â ;Login: Special Issue on Security.Â USENIX
- Ranum, Marcus (2000-02-01).Â “The Network Police Blotter”.Â ;Login: Vol 25., No. 1.Â USENIX
- Ranum, Marcus (2000-04-01).Â “The Network Police Blotter”.Â ;Login: Vol 25., No. 2.Â USENIX
- Ranum, Marcus (2000-06-01).Â “The Network Police Blotter”.Â ;Login: Vol 25., No. 3.Â USENIX
- Ranum, Marcus (2000-10-01).Â “The Network Police Blotter”.Â ;Login: Vol 25., No. 6.Â USENIX
- Ranum, Marcus (2000-12-01).Â “The Network Police Blotter”.Â ;Login: Vol 25., No. 8.Â USENIX
- The Myth of Homeland SecurityÂ ISBN 978-0-471-45879-1
- Host Intrusion Monitoring Using Osiris and SamhainÂ with Brian Wotring and Bruce Potter.Â ISBN 978-1-59749-018-4
- Web Security SourcebookÂ withÂ Aviel D. RubinÂ andÂ Dan Geer.Â ISBN 978-0-471-18148-4
Marcus has co-authored a series of “Face Off” articles with Bruce Schneier, which have appeared approximately bi-monthly in Information Security Magazine since July, 2006.
Ranum is one of a number of editors of the SANS Newsbites semiweekly email newsletter.
Ranum, Marcus (1999-11-01). “Selling Security: Fear Leads to . . . the Dark Side”. ;Login: Special Issue on Security. USENIX
Ranum, Marcus (2000-02-01). “The Network Police Blotter”. ;Login: Vol 25., No. 1. USENIX
Ranum, Marcus (2000-04-01). “The Network Police Blotter”. ;Login: Vol 25., No. 2. USENIX
Ranum, Marcus (2000-06-01). “The Network Police Blotter”. ;Login: Vol 25., No. 3. USENIX
Ranum, Marcus (2000-10-01). “The Network Police Blotter”. ;Login: Vol 25., No. 6. USENIX
Ranum, Marcus (2000-12-01). “The Network Police Blotter”. ;Login: Vol 25., No. 8. USENIX
The Myth of Homeland Security ISBN 978-0-471-45879-1
Host Intrusion Monitoring Using Osiris and Samhain with Brian Wotring and Bruce Potter. ISBN 978-1-59749-018-4
Web Security Sourcebook with Aviel D. Rubin and Dan Geer. ISBN 978-0-471-18148-4