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Tom Cross is Director of Security Research at Lancope, where he works on advancing the state of the art in network behavioral anomaly detection. He has over a decade of experience as a computer security researcher and thought leader. He is credited with discovering a number of critical security vulnerabilities in enterprise-class software and has published papers on collateral damage in cyber conflict, vulnerability disclosure ethics, security issues in internet routers, encrypting open wireless networks, and protecting Wikipedia from vandalism.

Prior to Lancope, Tom served as Manager of Threat Intelligence and Strategy in IBM's X-Force Research organization. One of Tom's contributions at IBM was serving as the technical editor of the X-Force Trend Report, a biannual report that analyzes data about computer security vulnerability disclosures, trends in Internet attack activity, and other data sources that shed light on the state of the Internet threat landscape.

Tom has operated online social communities almost continuously since 1991. In 1996, Tom cofounded Electronic Frontiers Georgia, where he worked to protect the Constitutional rights of Internet users in the US State of Georgia. In 2001, Tom cofounded MemeStreams, an innovative collaborative blogging system that combined online social networking with reputation systems technology.

Tom frequently speaks on information security and technology policy issues at conferences around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Ponemon Institute and a Subject Matter Advisor for the Signal Media Project.