If you’re looking for yet another worry to keep you up at night, consider this: pretty much every category of cyber attack increased in the past 12 months. And we’re not talking small scale numbers, either. Ransomware, encrypted threats and crypto-jacking attacks all more than doubled in this country last year. In total, more than 1 billion attacks – from small scale home PC invasions to attacks that threatened our critical industries and infrastructure. And the trend line isn’t going down any time soon. If you have devices attached a wifi network – from Alexa to a phone – you’ve probably been hacked already.
Jeff Moulton is President and CEO of the Stephenson Stellar Corporation, a not-for-profit applied research firm focused on cybersecurity for its customers, most of whom are federal agencies.
Jeff is a return guest on the show. You may remember our visit with him in 2021. At that time Jeff was also leading the LSU Stephenson National Center for Security Research and Training. But at the beginning to 2022, Jeff left that position to focus his effort solely on the Stephenson Stellar Corporation, which is a fascinating story with so many threads that are unraveled in this conversation.
Jeff is a native of Pennsylvania, who had a 24 year career in the United States Air Force, where he held a diverse array of technical and leadership positions around the world. He then went on to leadership positions in technical and security-related research organizations, including Concurrent Technologies Corporation, the US Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, before coming to Louisiana to join the LSU Stephenson Center more than a decade ago.
Out to Lunch Baton Rouge is recorded live over lunch at Mansurs on the Boulevard. Photos by Erick Otts.