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When You Stare Into the Drone, The Drone Stares Back At You: Cybersecurity Lessons From the Field

When You Stare Into the Drone, the Drone Stares Back At You: Cybersecurity Lessons From the Field

November 3, 2021 |  12:15 - 1:30 pm  |  SRH 3.122, LBJ School

On Wednesday, November 3, the Strauss Center is pleased to welcome Ryan English, a Protection and Cybersecurity Expert, for a talk on “When You Stare Into the Drone, The Drone Stares Back At You: Cybersecurity Lessons From the Field.” This is part of the Strauss Center’s speaker series titled “Tales from the Cybersecurity Front,” aimed at sharing stories from the cyber world. You may remember the headlines, but you haven’t heard the back story. From the first design decisions in cybersecurity to the end results — not everyone gets the full picture of the process. As someone who experienced it up close and personal, Ryan English will share a case study in just how much encryption matters, and how you should be presenting security risks to decision-makers to avoid consequences weeks, months, or even years later. Strauss senior cybersecurity fellow Wendy Nather will help draw out the juicy details.

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Please note: Format is subject to change as we are continually monitoring health conditions. Masking and social distancing are optional but highly recommended. For those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms prior to the event, please refrain from attending the event. We will maintain a roster of all attendees and will provide the list to UT Health Austin for contact tracing purposes.


Ryan English is a veteran, small business owner, and cybersecurity disciple. He first experienced the defense and security field as a young Marine scout/sniper in the 1990s. As his studies at university ended and the conflict in the Middle East progressed, he became involved in the War on Terror: first as a defense contractor training Iraqi police in Baghdad, then re-enlisting to deploy in the National Guard, and finally working for the State Department as a member of the US Ambassador’s High-Threat protective detail in Iraq. In 2012 he was fortunate enough to be indoctrinated into the arcane world of information security by two of the industry’s most notorious security researchers, followed by work in cyber threat intelligence. He has absorbed lessons in the industry both from seasoned practitioners and the unpredictability of startups. He is currently on the board of an all-veteran cybersecurity company, and leads a team of executive protection specialists working in the Atlanta area.

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