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Josiah Dykstra

Technical Director, Critical Networks & Systems, National Security Agency


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Josiah Dykstra is a seasoned cybersecurity practitioner, researcher, author, and speaker. Dr. Dykstra is a senior technical leader at the National Security Agency (NSA) who holds a Ph.D. in computer science and previously served as a cyber operator and researcher. He has studied stress in hacking, action bias in incident response, and the economics of knowing when sharing threat intelligence is more work than it is worth.

Dr. Dykstra is a frequent author and speaker, including Black Hat and RSA Conference. He received the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) fellowship and is one of six people in the SFS Hall of Fame. In 2017, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from then President Barack Obama. Dr. Dykstra is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is the author of numerous research papers, the book Essential Cybersecurity Science (O’Reilly Media, 2016), and co-author of Cybersecurity Myths and Misconceptions (Pearson, 2023).

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