Stephen Cobb has been researching information assurance and data privacy for almost three decades, advising consumers, companies, and government agencies in many countries on information security strategy and data protection. Cobb's first book on computer security was published by McGraw-Hill in 1991 and became part of the industry’s Common Body of Knowledge. In 1996, Cobb was one the first people to obtain the Certified Information Systems Security Professional qualification (CISSP). The creator of information security and data privacy training programs for several of the world’s largest companies, Cobb co-founded two successful information security companies, and helped bring to market anti-spam technology that is still in use today.
In 2002, Cobb published a primer on privacy for business and conducted a series of seminars on "security for privacy professionals" during the introduction of the HIPAA rules and regulations. The author of numerous chapters in widely used information security textbooks, 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. In 2016 and 2017, he spoke at HIMSS, the largest healthcare IT conference in the US. Cobb recently graduated, with Merit, from the Criminology Department of the University of Leicester, England, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Security and Risk Management. He currently heads a San Diego-based team of security researchers at the US headquarters of ESET, a Slovakia-based company that supplies security software to over 100 million customers in over 200 countries. Cobb is conducting research on several topics, including the negative effects of cybercrime fears on technology adoption.