Closing Reception & Awards

Presented at RVAsec 2019, May 23, 2019, 4 p.m. (90 minutes)

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  • Chris Sullo - RVAsec Conference
    Chris is the founder of RVAsec and Head of Innovation at Project Discovery, Inc. Chris has been in the security industry for 27 years, working in various research and security roles with Focal Point, HP (SPI Dynamics) and Capital One. He is the author of the “Nikto” web server assessment tool, which has been a top-rated free security tool since 2003, and several other OSS tools. Chris was also a founder and development lead of the Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB) project.
  • Jake Smith - MetaCTF
    Jake Smith is currently a rising fourth-year at UVA studying Computer Science and Cybersecurity as well as the Co-Founder of MetaCTF which makes cybersecurity more accessible for students and professionals through hands-on trainings and competitions. As a high school student, he discovered his love for security while competing in CTFs and CyberPatriot. Since then, Jake has spent time in both the public and private sectors, helped start UVA's two-time National Championship Cyber Defense Team, and ran cybersecurity competitions across the United States.
  • Jake Kouns - Risk Based Security
    Jake is the founder of RVAsec and the CEO for Risk Based Security that provides vulnerabilities and data breach intelligence. He previously oversaw the operations of the Open Sourced Vulnerability Database ( and DataLossDB. Kouns has presented at many well-known security conferences, including RSA, Black Hat, DEF CON, DerbyCon, Bsides, CISO Executive Summit, IEEE, FIRST, CanSecWest, InfoSecWorld, SOURCE and SyScan. He is the co-author of Information Technology Risk Management in Enterprise Environments, Wiley, 2010, and The Chief Information Security Officer, IT Governance, 2011. He holds both a bachelor of business administration and master of business administration degree from James Madison University, with a concentration in information security. In addition, he holds a number of certifications, including: ISC2's CISSP, and ISACA's CISM, CISA and CGEIT. He has briefed the DHS and Pentagon on Cyber Liability Insurance issues and is frequently interviewed as an expert in the security industry by Information Week, eWeek, Forbes, PC World, CSO, and CIO Magazine. He has appeared on CNN as well as the Brian Lehrer Show, and was featured on the cover of SCMagazine.


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