Joe Grand is an electrical engineer and the President of Grand Idea Studio, Inc. (http://www.grandideastudio.com) He specializes in the invention, design, and licensing of consumer products and modules for electronics hobbyists. Joe is a former member of the legendary hacker collective L0pht Heavy Industries and has testified before the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee regarding government and homeland computer security. He has spent nearly two decades finding security flaws in hardware devices and educating engineers on how to increase the security of their designs.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Doctorate of Science in Technology (Honorary) degree from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.
Making The Defcon 15 Badge
“170 hours ... Two nights of my honeymoon ... Three PCB revisions ... 863,600 total components ... 6,800 hackers ...” Every summer, thousands of hackers and computer security enthusiasts descend into Las Vegas for DEFCON (http://www.defcon.org) — the largest and oldest continuously running event of its kind. It’s a mix of good guys, bad guys, government officials, and everyone in between, all focused on having fun, sharing technical information, seeing old friends, and learning new things...