Brad Wardman, PhD
Brad has a progressive background combining computer science with digital forensics through his education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham under mentor Gary Warner earning a PhD. Fuse those experiences with ones obtained in his role as an e-Crime and Threat Intelligence analyst at PayPal and it is apparent that he has a diverse, wide ranging set of skills that enables him to tackle problems in information and computer security areas.
Brad’s research and education at UAB, focused on real world application techniques rather than theory, encompassed phishing, malware, digital investigations, network log analysis, foundational computer security principles, and network and system forensics. While at UAB, he was able to obtain 3 patents accepted by the US Patent & Trademark Office while another one is still pending, published a number of papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences in a wide range of computer security topics, and helped to promote growth and development of ideas among students within the computer forensics research lab.
His current role at PayPal has helped to advance Brad’s extensive education and training to all operating aspects of organizations such as risk management, increasing customer satisfaction, maximizing profitability, and securing an enterprise. There is a direct correlation between his current role and his previous education; however, he continues to expand his skill set by consulting on mobile security, submitting additional patents, learning to use new forensics tools (e.g. SilverTail and Splunk), and forming mutually beneficial relationships with outside organizations in order to solve industry-wide cyber security problems. Brad continues to present published work and on-going research to the international cyber security community.
Specialties: Anti-Phishing, Computer Forensics, Intelligence Gathering, Anti-Spam, Malware Analysis, Investigations, Law Enforcement Partnerships, Public & Private Partnerships
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