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Give Me Your Data - Dave Chronister (ShowMeCon 2014) (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Give Me Your Data
Dave Chronister

ShowMeCon 2014

We hear new stories daily about a malicious hacker compromising the sensitive data of corporations, governments and individuals.  But that is only half of the story.  The genesis of this talk was from the idea that even today, data is still not stored securely.  Ethical Hacker conducted a research project in which he wanted to find out if he could gain access to sensitive data.  The catch?  He would not hack any systems, all data must be collected legally.  From buying devices on Facebook and bidding for Hard Drives on Ebay, to monitoring public photo sharing sites; Dave will discuss the methods to retrieve the information.  Dave will show his findings, some of which is very suprising.


Dave Chronister is co-founder and Managing Partner of Parameter Security, an ethical hacking firm. As a Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Chronister possesses deep security expertise in some of the most heavily regulated industries including financial services and healthcare. Specifically, Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Payment Card Industries (PCI), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Cutting his teeth on technology at the age of 5, Chronister gained an instant attraction to the inner-workings of his computer. Before the age of 8, he wrote his first computer software program and by the time he was a teenager he ran one of St. Louis’ biggest networked bulletin board systems. It was at this time he experienced war dialing and first encountered the underground world of hacking.

During the course of his professional career, Chronister served as Architect for A.G Edwards’ electronic messaging system – the largest Exchange Server deployment at the time. At Cybersource, he was the technical liaison to the various credit card organizations, developing their payment card compliance standards. Additionally, working with numerous medical and dental practices, Chronister served as Technical Advisor helping these practices meet HIPAA compliance. Recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer for a $700 million dollar bank holding company for over 5 years prior to starting Parameter Security.

Chronister’s expertise has been featured on television’s CNN, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Headline News, ABC World News, America Now, FOX Business News, FOX 2 KTVI, KMOV Channel 4, KSDK News Channel 5 as well as several local radio stations. Also spotlighted in online and print publications such as FOX Business News, CNBC, CBS, Associated Press, CIO Magazine, Information Security Magazine, InfoWorld Magazine, Computerworld, Entrepreneur Magazine, Popular Science, American Banking Journal, BankNet 360, Bank News, Credit Union Tech Talk, The Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Suburban Journal, St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Business Monthly and other publications. Plus, Chronister has written several articles for numerous industry publications.

Chronister is also a member of The Information Systems Audit & Control Association, The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants, The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Information Systems Security Association and InfraGard. He previously served as a board member for the St. Louis Chapter of InfraGard.

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