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Join OSSEC users from around the world on March 20-21, 2019 at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon, Virginia to discuss the latest project updates, hear from project leaders about new features in OSSEC 3.1 and review case studies and best practices. Atomicorp is pleased to once again host this global gathering of the OSSEC community.


We are pleased to announce that the following speakers are confirmed: 

Scott Shinn

Scott is the current Project Manager of OSSEC and Chief Technology Officer of Atomicorp which he co-founded with Michael Shinn. Scott is a renowned expert in cloud, virtualization and shared computing security. As CTO of Atomicorp, he is responsible for product direction and development of the company’s multi-layered workload protection platform which harnesses the power of OSSEC. Scott has also served as the Chief Network Manager for the White House and provided network security consulting to numerous organizations.

Xavier Mertens

Xavier is a freelance cybersecurity consultant based in Belgium. He focuses on protecting his customer’s assets by applying “offensive” as well as “defensive” security. Xavier is a security blogger (, a SANS Senior Internet Storm Center handler ( and co-organizer of the BruCON ( security conference. Xavier has been an OSSEC users for years and has submitted change requests to the code including support of GeoIP lookups in alerts. He also uses OSSEC to implement extra security controls to improve threat hunting capabilities.

Daniel Cid
Daniel Cid is the founder of the OSSEC Project and was the lead developer from 2003-2011. When Trend Micro acquired the OSSEC project in 2008, Daniel joined them as a Principal Researcher to lead the OSSEC development and open source community. He is also the founder of Securi Inc. where he served as CTO for seven years. Today Daniel is VP of Engineering at GoDaddy. He is a co-author of the “OSSEC Host-Based Intrusion Detection Guide.”

Ben Auch
Ben Auch leads the Cybersecurity Engineering team at USA TODAY and was a finalist for USA TODAY’s 2018 Innovation Award. In Ben’s eighteen-year career, he has served in multiple engineering roles and management positions, all within publicly traded media companies. When not at a keyboard, he can be found renovation houses or working on old Land Rovers. Ben started the Application Security Program at USA TODAY and is passionate about building secure apps faster.

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