VLAB Presents, Cyber Security SmackDown

Organized Crime vs. Agile Start-ups


Tuesday, November 15, 2011 
6:00 - 7:00pm  Networking and Refreshments
7:00 - 8:30pm  Panel Discussion and Q&A


Stanford Graduate School of Business
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Parking: The parking lot for Cemex Auditorium is underneath the Graduate School of Business off East Campus Drive. To get there, take Serra St from El Camino Real and make a right turn onto Campus Drive (in front of the Valero Gas station on-campus) and then turn at your second left into the underground lot. Parking is free after 4:00 PM on weekdays. The Cemex Auditorium is in Zambrano Hall. To get there, exit the parking lot by the elevator on the lot's south side then head due west (away from Campus Drive) and Zambrano will be the last building on your right.


Event Description:

Cyber security used to be as simple as protecting computers with an antivirus program and a firewall. These static protections defended against drive-by hackers and "script kiddies", similar to locking your doors to discourage opportunistic burglars. But today, the most dangerous cyber attacks originate from highly de-centralized and organized crime enterprises engaged in sophisticated and focused cyber attacks. Most organizations are unaware they have been hacked until it is too late. Just as the Mafia at the turn of 20th century changed the law enforcement landscape, black hat hacking has become a profitable, illegitimate business that harms individuals, companies, and national security. McAfee estimates that global cyber crime cost corporations and individuals over $1 trillion annually.

As the cloud continues to expand from computers and mobile devices, to cars and smart homes, so do the opportunities for hackers to infiltrate even more aspects of our corporate and personal lives. Large security firms have not been able to keep up with the cyber crime-wave sweeping the internet, but agile startups bring dynamic self-adaptive tools to defend us against this emerging threat.  Hear about opportunities and implications for entrepreneurs in this evolving ecosystem.


  • Jeffrey Carr, Founder and CEO of Taia Global, Inc.
  • Mike Eynon, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Silver Tail Systems
  • Ali Golshan, Co-founder & Chief Architect at Cyphort Inc
  • Marc Goodman, Future Crimes, Founder and Chairman
  • Jacques Benkoski, Ph.D. and Venture Partner at US Venture Partners
Jeffery Carr

Mr. Jeffrey Carr is the author of "Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld" (O'Reilly Media 2009) and the founder and CEO of Taia Global, Inc., a boutique security consulting firm for Global 2000 companies. His book has been endorsed by General Chilton, former commander USSTRATCOM and he has had the privilege of speaking at the US Army War College, Air Force Institute of Technology, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Study Group and at numerous conferences and seminars. His firm provides specialized cybersecurity services to a select group of companies and their executives in the defense, technology, and communication sectors world-wide. 

Mike Eynon

Mike is the Co-Founder and President of Silver Tail, bringing substantial experience in building fraud detection and prevention tools forsome of the highest traffic and fraud targeted websites on the internet.  Before co-founding Silver Tail Systems, Mike managed payment risk at PayPal, as well as fraud policy at eBay.  Prior to these roles, Mike worked as an engineer for Trust and Safety at eBay where he built some of the industry'svery first real-time fraud fighting tools for websites. Silver Tail Systems is the leading provider of predictive analytics for detection and prevention of fraud and abuse to some of the most prominent websites in the world.

Ali Golshan

Ali Golshan, Co-founder & Chief Architect at Cyphort, is the visionary behind its technology.  Ali has over 12 years of experience in Security, Virtualization, and Data Mining using Probabilistic Pattern Matching. Ali started his career as an ethical hacker at the age of 17.  He has advised numerous Fortune 100 companies and government intelligence agencies in resolving cybe -espionage, sophisticated attacks, and targeted malware for purposes of Intellectual Property theft, and cyber terrorism. Over the past five years Ali has focused his research on vulnerabilities and fail points of current technologies, leveraging machine learning and large data for building predictive models. Ali is on the Technical Advisory Board of two other Stealth companies. Ali majored in Computer Science and Physics at the University of Calgary.

Marc Goodman

Marc Goodman is the Founder and Chairman of the Future Crimes Institute.  In addition, he serves at the Global Security Advisor and Chair for Policy, Law & Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University.  Over the past twenty years, he has built his expertise in next generation security threats such as cyber crime, cyber terrorism and information warfare working with organizations such as Interpol, the United Nations, NATO, the Los Angeles Police Department and the U.S. Government.  He frequently advises industry leaders, security executives and global policy makers on transnational cyber risk and intelligence.  Marc’s current areas of research include the disruptive security and business implications of advancing technologies including artificial intelligence, social data, robotics, virtual reality, synthetic biology, genomics, location-based services and ubiquitous computing.  Additional information is available at www.marcgoodman.net.

Jacques Benkoski
Jacques joined USVP in 2005. He is working with several USVP companies such as BPT, Factery, HelloFax, Kilopass, Mobbles, Qnovo, Trusteer, and Zerto. Previously, he has advised several portfolio companies including ClearShape (Cadence), Dune Networks (Broadcom), LightSpeed, and Yoomba, and served as executive chairman of Certess (Springsoft) and Synfora (Synopsys). Before joining USVP, Jacques was President and CEO of Monterey Design Systems from 1999 until its acquisition by Synopsys (SNPS) in 2004. Prior to that, he founded and served as General Manager of the European subsidiary of Epic Design Technology (EPIC) and became Vice President of European Sales following its acquisition by Synopsy 

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