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Thomas Parsons

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Tom has a lifelong passion for solving problems. During his 18 year career he’s worked in many roles from threat research, security response, localisation, quality engineering and product management across companies such as Symantec and McAfee.   Today he is Senior Director of Product Management at Tenable where he has responsibilities for the Tenable.io platform and key capabilities on that platform such as VM. He is a big believer in the 'prevention is better than cure' mantra. It still baffles him that the number of known vulnerabilities implicated in breaches has increased in the past ten years (71% in 2008 but 99.9% in 2015).   Tom has published whitepapers, contributed to the ISTR (Internet Security Threat Report), led global engineering teams, filed patents, and was also a spokesperson sharing perspective on breaking threats with the BBC, CNN Money, PC Mag, and CNET amongst others.   Tom lives in Ireland, having returned in 2015 from a two year stint in California. When not working he spends his time racing around after his three young children - Conall, Emer and Donncha. If there is any time left he masquerades as a soccer player during Wednesday night 5-a-side.