Ryan Olson is the Vice President of Threat Intelligence for Palo Alto Networks. He leads Unit 42, a team responsible for collection, analysis and production of intelligence on adversaries targeting organizations around the world. His area of expertise is detecting and identifying actors and groups conducting cyber-crime and cyber-espionage operations. Ryan is a contributing author to the book Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures, and primary author of Cyber Security Essentials.
Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks Ryan served as Senior Manager in Verisign’s iDefense Threat Intelligence service. Ryan is a named inventor on two patents related to malware analysis and threat intelligence collection.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information systems from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science degree in Security Informatics from The Johns Hopkins University.