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Renowned Hacker and Futurist Pablos Holman Urges Cyber Security Professionals to Think Like Inventors at CSX 2016 North America

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (21 September 2016)—The global scale of cyber attacks means that cyber security professionals need to radically change their approach to problem solving and think like inventors, says renowned hacker and futurist Pablos Holman, the closing keynote speaker at ISACA’s CSX North America Conference.


Holman consults worldwide on invention and design projects that integrate new technologies. His projects range from collaborating with Jeff Bezos on building a spaceship, to working with Bill Gates on inventions for fighting malaria and generating power in developing countries. According to Holman, the cyber security profession needs to find highly creative people and adapt them to solving security challenges because things are changing so fast and the effect of a cyber attack can ripple around the world in seconds.


“I started out as a hacker and have spent my whole career trying to break computers and build new things out of them. I am excited to speak at the CSX conference because I think everyone working in cyber security can be part of the shift to thinking like a hacker and thinking about how to do things on a massive scale,” said Holman, inventor and hacker at Intellectual Ventures’ (IV) Laboratory.


The CSX 2016 North America conference takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 17-19 October 2016. ISACA debuted the conference last year to a sold-out audience. This year’s event features renowned cyber security blogger Brian Krebs in the opening keynote and will focus primarily on practical cyber security solutions and guidance tailored to every level of a security professional’s career.


“Pablos Holman’s unique point of view and background is enabling ISACA to bring a really fresh and fascinating new slant on future directions for cyber security professionals,” said Christos Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, board chair of ISACA and group director of information security for INTRALOT. “This will be an inspirational end to three information-packed days—a bridge from the practical to what is possible.”


Holman consults worldwide on invention and design projects that integrate new technologies. Creations that he has worked on include the world's smallest PC, Makerbot 3D printers, spaceships with Jeff Bezos, and artificial intelligence agent systems. Currently, he is working for Nathan Myhrvold at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory on such projects as a fission reactor powered by nuclear waste, a machine to suppress hurricanes and a system to reverse global warming.


CSX 2016 North America will also feature the CSX Cyber Challenge, an online competition that will test attendees’ cyber security skills in areas such as ethical hacking, computer network defense and computer forensics. The event will also offer a special networking session as part of ISACA’s Connecting Women Leaders in Technology program, and a CISO Forum, to which C-level executive professionals can request an invitation and qualify for complimentary conference registration.


Registration information for CSX North America can be found at Attendees can earn up to 32 continuing professional education credits.



ISACA ( helps professionals around the globe realize the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organizations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT framework, which helps organizations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), ISACA helps organizations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers.



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