David Kennedy

David Kennedy, Founder, TrustedSec
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David Kennedy, Founder, TrustedSec

David Kennedy started TrustedSec with the vision of building a world-class information security consulting company. Prior to TrustedSec, Kennedy was a chief security officer for Diebold Incorporated, a Fortune 1000 company located in over 80 countries with over 18,000 employees. David developed a global security program that tackled all aspects of information security. David is considered a thought leader in the security field and has presented at over 300 conferences worldwide. David is also the founder of DerbyCon, a large-scale information security conference.

Kennedy is the author of "Metasploit: The Penetration Tester's Guide," which was ranked No. 1 on Amazon in security for over a year. He was also one of the founding members of the "Penetration Testing Execution Standard." PTES is the industry-leading standard and guideline for how penetration tests should be performed and the methodologies to be used. Kennedy has been privileged to speak at some of the nation's largest cybersecurity conferences and meetings, including Black Hat, Defcon, RSA, ShmooCon, DerbyCon, INFOSEC World, ISACA, ISSA, Infragard, United Security Summit, INFOSEC Summit, Hack3rCon, BSIDES and more.

Kennedy is also the creator of several widely popular open-source tools, including "The Social-Engineer Toolkit," Artillery and Fast-Track. He has also released several zero-day exploits and focuses on security research.

Kennedy has more than 13 years of security experience, including eight focused specifically on security consulting. Prior to the private sector, he worked for the National Security Agency and the United States Marines in cyberwarfare and forensics analysis activities. He was instrumental in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he developed a multimillion-dollar classified system aimed at identifying potentially harmful insurgents and worked in a top-secret environment for several years.