Giovanni Vigna has been researching and developing security technology for more than 20 years, working on malware analysis, web security, vulnerability assessment, and intrusion detection.
He is presently on leave from his position as Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara and the director of the Center for CyberSecurity at UCSB. He is the author of a book on intrusion correlation and has edited a book on mobile code security. Giovanni has been the Program Chair of the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID 2003), of the ISOC Symposium on Network and Distributed Systems Security (NDSS 2009), and of the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (in 2010 and 2011). He is known for organizing and running an annual inter-university Capture The Flag (iCTF) hacking contest that involves dozens of institutions and hundreds of students around the world. He also leads the Shellphish hacking team, who participated in a number of DefCon CTFs, winning in 2005. Giovanni received a Master of Science degree with honors and Ph.D. from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 1994 and 1998, respectively.