Jeffery Moss is VP and Chief Security Officer of ICANN and the founder and director of Black Hat and DEFCON, a global technical security conference and a hacker conference respectively. He is also an Advisor at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Jeff is known in the Internet community as a hacker and he uses The Dark Tangent as an alias. In 1992, he established DEFCON, a hacker community that is believed to have the largest amount of hacker members worldwide.
He worked as a Director at the Secure Computing Corporation and he is one of the individuals who helped establish the Professional Services Departments in the United States, Asia, and Australia. Moss also worked with the Security Division of the Ernst & Young, LLP.
In 1997, he created the Black, a company focused on educating the Internet community with the latest security technology and practices by conducting global conferences. In 2005, he sold the company to CMP Media LLC, a technology publishing and a subsidiary of United Business Media based in UK. Moss continued to manage Black Hat and he joined CMP media as Director.
Mr. Moss was appointed by the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council as Advisor in 2009. As member of the Advisory Council, he provides security advice and recommendations to Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Involvement with ICANN
On April 28, 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers appointed Moss as Vice-President and Chief Security Officer to lead the risk management effort of the internet governing body. According to ICANN president and CEO Rod Beckstrom, Moss has an in-depth knowledge to combat cyber threats and other members of the ICANN Board of Directors also expressed their approval to his appointment. They emphasized that he is an ideal person to achieve ICANN's security agenda.
- Understanding Cyber Threats- National Homeland Defense Foundation
- An Inside Look at the Hacker Community- DHS/SRI Infosec Technology Transition Council, June 2010
- Why I don't trust anything- acm.org Leet conference, April 2010
- Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Challenge, March 2010
- Attribution and identity in Cyberspace" IT Security Entrepreneur Forums, March 2010
- Evolving Security Threats: A Hackers Perspective- NSA IAD National Conference, March 2011
- BA in Criminal Justice- Gonzaga University
- University of Dayton School of Law