DRG Executive Council

We are pleased to announce that the DRG Executive Council has formed, have already gotten together twice and is off to a roaring start. They are thinking hard and exchanging provoking ideas about what DRG can, should and will become. We expect to have a finalized report from them over the coming weeks. While we wait, allow us to introduce you to them:

  • Cecil Goldstein, APNIC
  • Patrick Green, University of Warwick
  • Lari Huttunen, Codenomicon
  • Dr. Klaus-Peter Kossakowski, Consultant
  • Ben Petro, Teneros

Cecil is the Training Manager for the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC). Prior to this, Cecil was a lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology at the Queensland University of Technology, focusing particularly on internetworking subjects. He has been involved in Internet training and support from the initial AARNET days. Cecil is originally from South Africa, but has lived in Israel and the UK prior to migrating to Australia in 1989. Cecil holds a BSoc and a MSc in Computer Science. Cecil is currently responsible for the development and management of APNIC's training and education activities.

Patrick first started in Network Security at Oxford University where he dealt with incidents such as Code Red, Melissa, Slammer, botnets and more. From there he moved to become the global CERT manager for Deutsche Bank, dealing with both insider and outside security breaches. He is currently Network Manager at Warwick University, ensuring that security gets built into the network from the ground up.

Lari holds an MA in Linguistics and Computer Science from the University of Helsinki. Prior to working for Codenomicon he was employed by the University of Helsinki, the Finnish Security Police SUPO and NBI Finland. While working for the police, he was active in different international security efforts. For example, he has participated in the Interpol Working Party IWPITC-E and the International Botnet Task Force. He is a postgraduate student at the Oulu University Secure Programming Group, OUSPG.

Dr. Kossakowski was instrumental in starting CERTs throughout Europe and promoting their role internationally. Since he learned about trojans and viruses 20 years ago, he tries to prepare for the unexpected; against companies, governments and the common user. He worries about the usage of suspicious executable code and worries about the impact malicious code may have. Recently he has been working on scalable infrastructures to handle the security needs of very large user communities. He has become more obsessed with the management, or lack thereof, of the risks and vulnerabilities in his academic work.

Ben joined Teneros from NeuStar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), where he was appointed Senior Vice President for Ultra Services, following NeuStar's acquisition of UltraDNS Corporation in April 2006. Ben had been President and CEO of UltraDNS since 2001. He is a proven leader who has earned his outstanding reputation by repeatedly creating sustained value in a number of high-growth businesses. He grew UltraDNS into a profitable, high-growth company that provided infrastructure solutions to over 20% of the Internet and thousands of global enterprises. Prior to joining UltraDNS, Ben was Vice President of Marketing at Edge Connections, where he was responsible for creating and implementing its national brand and deploying a strategy for its service offering. He was responsible for forging key strategic alliances necessary for the company's subsequent long-term growth. As Director of Marketing for Logix Communications, Ben successfully launched the company's CLEC/broadband services in over 20 markets. He has also held highly successful leadership positions in marketing and strategy at MCI Communications and communications consulting firm QSI. Ben serves on the board of directors for a range of messaging and service companies including 3jam Inc. and PeerInfluence, Inc. He is also an investment partner with the San Francisco Arts Fund.

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