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Ed Skoudis is the Vice President of Security Strategy for Predictive Systems' Global Integrity consulting practice. Ed's expertise includes hacker attacks and defenses, the information security industry and computer privacy issues. He has performed numerous security assessments, designed secure network architectures and responded to computer attacks for clients in the financial, high-technology, healthcare and other industries. Ed is a frequent speaker on issues associated with hacker tools and defenses and has published several articles on these topics, as well as the Prentice Hall book, Counter Hack: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Attacks and Effective Defenses. Additionally, Ed conducted a demonstration of hacker techniques against financial institutions for the United States Senate. His prior work experience includes Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) and SAIC. Ed received his Master's Degree in Information Networking at Carnegie Mellon University.