Rob Cheyne

CEO, Big Brain Security, Executive Director, SOURCE Conference

Snap Talk: The Nature of Learning

In this talk, Rob shares a simple process he has developed for first learning any topic quickly, and then diving deep into the path of mastery.

A rabid learner, Rob has applied this process to many things over the past 30+ years, including martial arts, computers & electronics, playing the harmonica, speed solving the rubik’s cube, and even learning how to grow and develop bonsai trees. He will explain and demonstrate some of the many ways that each of these things are connected, and provide examples for how this approach can be applied to nearly anything else.

This talk is a rumination and meditation on the nature of learning. Attendees will learn how to apply the general learning process to anything they might want to master.

Most important, Rob will relate this back to security, and will explain why the ways that we teach people about security MUST reflect this understanding, no matter what their role in the organization

Rob Cheyne is a highly regarded technologist, security expert, trainer, public speaker and entrepreneur. He has almost 30 years of experience in the information technology field, has been working in information security since 1998, and has done a fairly deep dive into personal development and adult learning over the past 15 years.

He founded Big Brain Security in 2014 in order to create and deliver high-impact, high value training courses, seminars and workshops. He is also the owner and Executive Director of the SOURCE conference, which provides unique, intimate environments for connecting business, technical, and security practitioners.

He was the co-founder and CEO of Safelight, a leading provider of information security e-learning and education programs. He has taught in-person information security training classes to well over 25,000 developers, architects, managers, and executives for industry-leading organizations around the world.

Rob was also an early employee of @stake, a pioneering company in information security consulting. He was the author of LC4, a version of the award-winning L0phtCrack password auditing tool, and he also worked on the code scanning technology that was eventually spun off as Veracode. He was at @stake from the very first customer all the way through to the $50M acquisition by Symantec in October 2004.

Rob regularly speaks at conferences, and frequently presents to the local chapters of various security organizations. He is an avid learner and believes strongly in sharing what he has learned so that others may take it to the next level.

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