Meet The Authors

Neil Bergman - Author - Mobile Hacking ExposedNeil Bergman is a senior security consultant at Cigital. He has been involved in leading and conducting penetration testing, code review, and architecture risk analysis of critical applications for industry-leading financial and software companies. Neil has conducted security assessments on a multitude of mobile platforms such as Android, iOS, and RIM in addition to conducting numerous assessments against web services, web applications, and thick clients. His primary areas of interest include mobile and web application vulnerability discovery and exploitation. Neil graduated from James Madison University with a master’s degree in Computer Science and received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University.


Mike Stanfield - Author - Mobile Hacking ExposedMike Stanfield joined Cigital in 2012 as a security consultant. As part of Cigital’s mobile security practice, Mike has specialized in application security assessments and penetration testing involving the iOS, Android, and Blackberry platforms, and has been involved with the development and delivery of Cigital’s mobile software security training offerings. He also has experience working with mobile payment platforms, including GlobalPlatform/Java Card applet security and development. Prior to joining Cigital, Mike was the head of Information Technology for the Division of Student Affairs at Indiana University. He also worked as a grant analyst for the Office of Research Administration at Indiana University, where he was involved with the development of the open source Kuali Coeus project. Currently residing in Manhattan, Mike studied Security Informatics at Indiana University and holds a bachelor’s in Anthropology from Indiana State University.


Jason Rouse - Author - Mobile Hacking ExposedJason Rouse brings over a decade of hands-on security experience after plying his craft at many of the leading companies in the world. He is currently a member of the team responsible for the security of Bloomberg LP’s products and services, exploring how to reinvent trusted computing and deliver on the promise of ubiquitous biometrics. Jason is passionate about security, splitting his time between improving Bloomberg’s security capabilities and contributing to cutting-edge security projects around the world. In his spare time, he has chaired the Financial Services Technology Consortium committee on Mobile Security and worked to elevate mobile security through his professional contributions. Prior to his work at Bloomberg, Jason was a principal consultant at Cigital, Inc., an enterprise software security consulting firm. He performed many activities at Cigital, including creating the mobile and wireless security practice, performing architecture assessments, and being a trusted advisor to some of the world’s largest development organizations. Prior to Cigital, Jason worked with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Security Research Lab, creating next-generation mobile authentication and authorization frameworks and expanding the state of the art in computer security. Currently residing in Manhattan, Jason holds both a BCS and MCS from Dalhousie University, Canada.


Joel Scambray - Author - Mobile Hacking ExposedJoel Scambray is a Managing Principal at Cigital, a leading software security firm established in 1992. He has assisted companies ranging from newly minted startups to members of the Fortune 500 address information security challenges and opportunities for over 15 years.
Joel’s background includes roles as an executive, technical consultant, and entrepreneur. He co-founded and led information security consulting firm Consciere before it was acquired by Cigital in June 2011. He has been a Senior Director at Microsoft Corporation, where he provided security leadership in Microsoft’s online services and Windows divisions. Joel also co-founded security software and services startup Foundstone, Inc., and helped lead it to acquisition by McAfee in 2004. He previously held positions as a manager for Ernst & Young, security columnist for Microsoft TechNet, editor at large for InfoWorld Magazine, and director of IT for a major commercial real estate firm.
Joel is a widely recognized writer and speaker on information security. He has co-authored and contributed to over a dozen books on IT and software security, many of them international bestsellers. He has spoken at forums including Black Hat, as well as for organizations including IANS, CERT, CSI, ISSA, ISACA, SANS, private corporations, and government agencies including the FBI and the RCMP.
Joel holds a BS from the University of California at Davis, an MA from UCLA, and he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


Meet The Contributing Authors and Technical Reviewers

Swapnil Deshmukh is an Information Security Specialist at Visa. He was previously a security consultant at Cigital, where he helped clients build secure mobile practices. His responsibilities included designing and implementing mobile threat modeling, implementing security coding practices, performing source code analysis, reverse engineering application binaries, and performing mobile penetration testing. Prior to working at Cigital, Swapnil held a position as a mobile threat analyst at MyAppSecurity, where he designed and implemented a mobile threat modeler. Swapnil holds an MS from George Mason University in Computer Networks and Telecommunication.

Sarath Geethakumar is Chief Information Security Specialist at Visa, Inc. He specializes in mobile platform and application security and is actively involved in security research around mobility. Sarath’s research activities have been instrumental in uncovering numerous security weaknesses with mobile device management solutions and platform security capabilities that were ethically disclosed to appropriate vendors. In addition to research, Sarath leads efforts around secure mobile application development and ethical hacking at Visa.

Sarath’s background also includes roles such as security specialist, security consultant, lead architect, and software developer. Before joining Visa, he served as an information security specialist and Red Team member at American Express. Sarath has also provided consulting expertise to various financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies as part of his consulting career. He has played a key role in shaping mobile security practices across various organizations and training security professionals on mobile security.

Scott Matsumoto is a Principal Consultant at Cigital with over 20 years of software security and commercial software product development experience. At Cigital, Scott is responsible for mobile security practice within the company and has been instrumental in building Cigital’s western US business through direct consulting as well as oversight of projects, training, and software deployments. He works with many of Cigital’s clients on security architecture topics such as Mobile Application Security, Cloud Computing Security, SOA Security, fine-grained entitlements systems, and SOA Governance.

Scott’s prior experience encompasses development of component-based middleware, performance management systems, graphical UIs, language compilers, database management systems, and operating system kernels. He is a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and is actively involved in its Trusted Computing Initiative.

Mike Price is currently Chief Architect at Appthority, Inc. In this role, Mike focuses full time on research and development related to mobile operating system and application security. Mike was previously Senior Operations Manager for McAfee Labs in Santiago, Chile. In this role, Mike was responsible for ensuring smooth operation of the office, working with external entities in Chile and Latin America, and generally promoting technical excellence and innovation across the team and region. Mike was a member of the Foundstone Research team for nine years. Most recently, he was responsible for content development for the McAfee Foundstone Enterprise vulnerability management product. In this role, Mike worked with and managed a global team of security researchers responsible for implementing software checks designed to remotely detect the presence of operating system and application vulnerabilities. He has extensive experience in the information security field, having worked in the area of vulnerability analysis and infosec-related R&D for nearly 13 years. Mike is a published author, contributing to Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, 7th Edition on the topic of iOS security and to Sockets, Shellcode, Porting & Coding on the topic of sockets programming and code portability. Mike is also co-founder of the 8.8 Computer Security Conference, held annually in Santiago, Chile.

John Steven is Cigital’s Internal CTO. He is a sought-after speaker with over 15 years of industry experience. John’s expertise runs the gamut of software security from threat modeling and architectural risk analysis, through static analysis (with an emphasis on automation), to security testing. As a Principal Consultant, John provided strategic direction to many multinational corporations. As Internal CTO, John directs Cigital’s security practices and his keen interest in automation keeps Cigital technology at the cutting edge.

Technical Reviewers

Mike Price: Please see contributor bio above.

Gabriel Acevedo is a security researcher at Cylance, Inc., working with an elite group of security experts helping to protect the real-world and solving large and complex problems every day simply and elegantly. Previously to Cylance, Gabriel was a security researcher for McAfee Labs. In this role, he analyzed vulnerabilities on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Unix platforms, mobile devices, security appliances, and other systems. His team was responsible for the design and implementation of software checks that detected the presence of security flaws in remote systems. While working with McAfee, Gabriel also led the Mobile Security Working Group, analyzing the security of embedded systems. He was also a spokesperson for McAfee in LTAM. Gabriel has whitepapers and articles published by McAfee, has been featured on Chilean national television and radio programs, and is also a co-author of a scientific paper titled “Transformation for Class Immutability,” which was published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for the 33rd International Conference on Software Engineering. He is interested in information security research, iOS and Mac OS X internals, and software engineering.