A “curious defender” at heart, Greg Bailey loves puzzles and has an insatiable desire to know how things work. “I take things apart, I learn how they operate. I break things so I know how to fix them. That's just how my brain works,” he says. But it was a chance opportunity that initially brought him into the information security field.
While in college studying radio communications, the world wide web took off and due to Greg’s experience with computers he was immediately hired by a consulting firm in his hometown of Chicago upon graduation. “It was there I witnessed our firm and others get hit by some of the more famous viruses at the time: ILOVEYOU, AnnaK, Code Red, SQLSlammer, Blaster, etc.,” he says. “That first time I experienced running around our office pulling LAN cables with my IT buddy, I was hooked. I had to know how these programs had gotten into our network and how they operated.”
Since then, he’s spent more than 20 years in the IT field, working for large financial institutions including Discover, HSBC, and SunGard; professional services organizations such as Accenture, Fishnet/Optiv, and HP; and as the acting CISO at mobile game company Zynga. Through these roles, Greg has built years of experience running security operations and performing penetration testing and adversary emulation.