Beau Woods

Beau Woods

Beau Woods

Reformed technologist. Doing what I love, loving what I do.

Beau’s work bridges the gap between security research and public policy communities to ensure connected technology that can impact life and safety is worthy of our trust. Over the past several years, he has consulted with the healthcare, automotive, aviation, rail, and IoT industries, as well as cyber security researchers, US congressional offices, the White House, and other US and international policy makers.

Beau is a Cyber Safety Innovation Fellow with the Atlantic Council, a leader with the I Am The Cavalry grassroots initiative, and Founder/CEO of Stratigos Security, among other active roles. Beau recently served as Entrepreneur in Residence with the US Food and Drug Administration and was formerly Managing Principal Consultant and Solutions Architect for Dell SecureWorks.

Beau supports several non-profit initiatives from and by the security research community. Beau is on the board and/or founding member of the non-profit Biohacking Village, Aerospace Village, ICS Village, and Hack the Sea, which bring together industry stakeholders, public policymakers, and security researchers to improve safety, reliability, and trustworthiness of those sectors, to serve public good. He also leads the I Am The Cavalry and Public Ground tracks at BSides Las Vegas. In addition, Beau runs several interesting smaller projects.

Beau is a frequent presenter, media contributor, and author, and graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Psychology.


April 2012 - Present

Advise and guide companies on information security, and run a team of consultants around the globe.

Stratigos Security was founded to promote strategic and holistic approaches to security for our clients. This means taking a broad view across the organization, and in the long view, to see how and where security fits into their broader context. That is different than how many information security programs are run – compartmentalized internally and isolated from the organization’s value drivers. Our clients range from Fortune 100 to small local organizations, and span the globe.

I Am The Cavalry

Cyber Safety Ambassador
August 2013 - Present

Bridge the gap between the hacker and cyber policy communities.

Dependance on connected technology is increasing faster than our ability to safeguard ourselves, in areas impacting human life, public safety, and (inter)national and economic security. Where bits and bytes meet flesh and blood. I Am The Cavalry is a global grassroots organization, working to ensure that connected technologies are worthy of the trust we place in them. Focused on healthcare, transportation, public infrastructure, and home IoT. Safer, sooner, together.

Atlantic Council

Deputy Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative/Cyber Safety Innovation Fellow
January 2016 - Present

Inform industry and public policy about the most urgent cyber security issues impacting our world.

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

Elektra Labs

Advisory Board Member
September 2019 - Present

Advise management on cybersecurity issues and help develop cybersecurity capabilities.

Elektra is a healthcare security company focused on safe, effective, personalized adoption of medicine. They work with pharma and device companies to reduce cost and time to market during clinical trials, and work with care providers to make remote monitoring easier and better.

Biohacking Village

Board Member/Device Lab Lead
August 2017 - Present

Serve as board secretary, run the Device Lab, develop the Biohacking Village community, and co-host the White Hats and Lab Coats podcast.

The non-profit Biohacking Village celebrating health ingenuity from DIYBio, Citizen Science, and medical device security. We bring together members of the diverse healthcare, security research, and biohacking communities in a high-trust, high-collaboration environment. Our 2019 DEF CON village saw over 10,000 participants pass through our doors. Our Device Lab featured a fully immersive hospital environment, designed by Cal Poly, a Capture the Flag, run by the Mayo Clinic, and around 10 medical device makers bringing nearly 40 devices for particiants to test for potential cyber safety issues. We hold events throughout the year, including at DEF CON and the RSA Conference.

ICS Village

Founding Member
January 2018 - Present

Advise on strategy, assist in planning events, and develop the ICS Village community.

The non-profit ICS Village equips industry and policymakers to better defend industrial equipment through experiential awareness, education, and training. High profile Industrial Controls systems Security issues have grabbed headlines and sparked changes throughout the global supply chain. The ICS Village allows defenders of any experience level to understand unique failure modes of these systems and how to better prepare and respond to the changing threat landscape, using interactive simulated ICS environments to preserve safe, secure, and reliable operations. The ICS Village brings a compelling experience for all experience levels and types, with IT and industrial equipment. We hold events throughout the year, including at DEF CON, the RSA Conference, and Hack the Capitol.

Aerospace Village

Co-Founder/Board Member
January 2019 - Present

Serve as board treasurer, advise on strategy, assist in planning events, and develop the Aerospace Village community.

The non-profit Aerospace Village collaborates with aerospace stakeholders in the aerospace industry, security research commmunity, and the public toward a common goal: safe, reliable, and trustworthy air travel. For too long, negative perceptions and fractured trust on all sides have held back collaboration between the aerospace and security researcher communities that has advanced safety, reliability, and security of other industries. As the traditional domains of aerospace safety and cybersecurity increasingly overlap, we will be safer, sooner, together. The Aerospace Village welcomes those who seek to improve aviation security, safety, and resilience through positive, productive collaboration among all ecosystem stakeholders. We hold events throughout the year, including at DEF CON and the RSA Conference.


Board Member
June 2020 - Present

Advise on strategy, direction, fundraising, and operations.

Gamayun is a (pending) 501(c)(3) focused on leveraging security research in all its forms and from all sources in order to serve the public good. It will accomplish its mission primarily through the creation and operation of the Computer and Information Security Research Repository (CSIRR - “scissor”).

August 2014 - Present

Lead the I Am The Cavalry and Public Ground tracks.

BSides Las Vegas is a nonprofit organization formed to stimulate the Information Security industry and community by providing an annual, two-day conference for security practitioners and those interested in (or looking to) enter the field. Our event is a source of education, communication, and collaboration. The technical and academic presentations at BSidesLV are given in the spirit of peer review and for the dissemination of knowledge among all specialties. This allows the field of Information Security to grow and continue its pursuit of a world where privacy and security are attainable.

February 2016 - December 2019

Contribute knowledge and experience from the security researcher community.

The eHealth Security Experts Group brings together technical experts on healthcare information systems, cyber security and contingency, with representatives from service providers, healthcare organisations, healthcare authorities, academia and standardisation bodies. This group provides ENISA with the opportunity to listen to experiences, good practices and ideas. The group constitutes an exchange platform for the participants to address important issues relating to the security and resilience of the eHealth systems and infrastructures.

US Food and Drug Administration

Entrepreneur in Residence
February 2018 - January 2019

Serve a one-year term, working on the Precertification Program.

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. FDA is responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medical products more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medical products and foods to maintain and improve their health.


Managing Principal Consultant/Solutions Architect
September 2007 - April 2012

Deliver high quality services to clients, design and develop new consulting services, and advise management on business operations.

One of the oldest and largest pure-play information security companies, with over 4,000 customers in 55+ countries, Secureworks provides managed security services through a 24/7 Security Operations Center, security intelligence services through the Counter Threat Unit (CTU)™, and security and risk consulting services.


Lost Policymaker Guide

A tongue-in-cheek travel guide for those new the Hacker community and our conferences. The Lost Policymaker Guides help those in the policy field more quickly gain their footing at hacker conferences, and understand hacker ethos and culture.

We Heart Hackers

A joint initiative by the Biohacking Village and the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Suzanne Schwartz from the FDA announced the joint initiative in January, 2019, encouraging medical device makers to engage security researchers at the Biohacking Village at DEF CON and bring medical devices for the community to test for potential security issues.

White Hats and Lab Coats

The Biohacking Village podcast: At the forefront of Biohacking and Biomedical security. Each episode explores DIYBio, Citizen Science, and Medical Device Security with guests from the healthcare, cyber security research, and biohacking communities. Hosted by Nina Alli and Beau Woods.


DC to DEF CON brings members of Congress to DEF CON, the world’s biggest hacking conference, to immerse them in the security research community and inform them on the technical dependencies underlying some of the biggest policy issues they face.

Hackers on the Hill

Hackers on the Hill is a semi-regular US Capitol tour for irregulars from the security research community, interested in public policy, guided by congressional staffers who grok tech. These tours often precede events like BSidesDC and Shmoocon.


Georgia Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Spring 2004

The Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. Also known as Georgia Tech, is a top-ranked public college and one of the leading research universities in the USA. Georgia Tech provides a technologically focused education to more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students in fields ranging from engineering, computing, and sciences, to business, design, and liberal arts.