Sounil Yu is a security innovator with 30+ years of hands-on experience creating, breaking, and fixing computer and network systems. He is the creator of the Cyber Defense Matrix and the DIE Resiliency Framework, serves on the Board of the FAIR Institute, teaches Cybersecurity Technologies as an adjunct professor, co-chairs Art into Science: A Conference on Defense, and advises many security startups.
He previously served as the Chief Security Scientist at Bank of America, leading a cross-functional team focused on driving innovation and a thriving startup culture to meet emerging cybersecurity needs, to serve as a challenge function, and to be a change agent driving unconventional thinking and alternative approaches to hard problems in security. Before BofA, he helped improve security at several institutions spanning from F100 companies to secretive three-letter agencies. He also created and led a nationally recognized intern program with over 300+ students to build new capabilities and tackle tough challenges in cybersecurity.
He has 22 granted patents covering a wide range of topics, including threat modeling, graph databases, intrusion deception, endpoint security monitoring, tracking media leaks, attributing malicious requests, attributing devices to organizations, detecting logic bombs, security portfolio optimization, and neutralizing stolen files. In addition to CISSP and GSEC certifications, Sounil holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Duke University.