Dr. Ýmir Vigfússon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University in Atlanta (USA) as well as at Reykjavik University. He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and worked as a post-doctoral researcher for IBM Research in Israel in 2009-2011. He conducts research on data, networks and security. He teaches his students the art of hacking – because only those who understand how to go on the attack can adequately protect themselves against cyber attacks. Vigfússon is a Co-founder and the Chief Science Officer of Syndis; a company specialising in information security.
Cyber Security Specialist
“If you’re skeptical about hiring a hacker, you will need us” Ymir Vigfússon starts the first keynote speech of the day. At the age of sixteen, the Icelandic cyber-security-specialist successfully managed to hack one of the biggest cyber systems in the world. “It all goes down to education,” commenting on how to be safe in the cyber world. The assistant professor started teaching his students how to hack to know how to protect themselves. On being asked about the threats of the Turkish hacker group Vigfússon comments: “Companies get ransomed and lots of them keep quiet and pay. This should not be hushed. Everyone gets hacked and we need to openly talk about it.”