Stephen Cobb has been researching information assurance and data privacy for more than 25 years, advising companies, governments, and consumers on information security strategy. After selling more than one million computer software textbooks Cobb published the first comprehensive guide to personal computer and local area network security in 1991 and his work became part of the industry’s Common Body of Knowledge.
In 1996, Cobb became one the first people to obtain the Certified Information Systems Security Professional qualification and co-founded an IT security consultancy in which all practitioners were CISSP qualified. After selling that company to one of the leading suppliers of encryption technology to the Department of defense, Cobb co-founded a privacy consultancy that advised the FTC in the matter of FTC v. Eli Lilly and assisted Microsoft to meet the terms of its FTC settlement. A side project to develop improved anti-spam technology resulted in an eight figure acquisition by Symantec, which still uses the technology today.
Cobb published a primer on privacy for business in 2002 and has contributed numerous chapters to information security textbooks. Together with his wife, fellow CISSP Chey Cobb, Stephen helped create the teaching materials for the Master of Science in Information Assurance at Norwich university in Vermont and taught there as an adjunct professor for several years. He later co-developed a Masters level Business Continuity Management course for Norwich. Cobb's 2014 peer-reviewed paper on malicious code was published by the IEEE in the Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Cyber Conflict and he currently leads an inter-disciplinary team of security researchers at the North American headquarters of ESET, a Slovakia-based security software company. Cobb is also working on his Master of Science dissertation in the Criminology Department of the University of Leicester, England.