Mr. Lord Goes to Washington, or Applying Security outside the Tech World

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:30 am10:00 am

Bob Lord, Democratic National Committee


Over the past year, I have had the honor of applying some of my experiences securing large enterprises to a new domain: a major political party. Along the way, I dealt with phishing attacks (including one you have already read about), helped roll out best practices to a decentralized party ecosystem, and encountered disinformation campaigns. In this talk, I’ll present my findings, many of which apply to any small or medium-sized business, as well as a number of suggestions for people building tech products.

Bob Lord, Democratic National Committee

Bob Lord is the Chief Security Officer at the Democratic National Committee, bringing more than twenty years of experience in the information security space to the Committee, state parties, and campaigns. Previously he was Yahoo’s CISO, covering areas such as risk management, product security, security software development, e-crimes, and APT programs. Before that he acted as the CISO in Residence at Rapid 7, and before that headed up Twitter’s information security program as its first security hire. You can see some of his hobbies at

@inproceedings {226469,
author = {Bob Lord},
title = {Mr. Lord Goes to Washington, or Applying Security outside the Tech World},
booktitle = {Enigma 2019 (Enigma 2019)},
year = {2019},
address = {Burlingame, CA},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jan

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