Healthcare Security Forum: A HIMSS Event

December 7-8, 2020 | Boston, MA

Michael Coates

Chief Information Security Officer
Formerly of Twitter and Mozilla

Michael Coates has worked in the information security space for the past 15 years, leading security at global organizations such as Twitter and Mozilla and protecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Currently the CEO & co-founder of Altitude Networks, Michael was previously the chief information security officer at Twitter. There, his team worked to protect nearly 300 million users, securing both Twitter systems and user data. In his keynote, Michael will draw on his experience securing some of the world’s most complex networks to bring to light the threats that exist and provide a roadmap for securing the future of technology.

Before serving as CISO at Twitter, Michael was the director of product security at Shape Security. In this role, he worked with a specialized team to drastically change the way organizations defend their applications against modern application attacks. Prior to that, Michael was head of security for Mozilla. There, he built and led the security assurance program to protect nearly half a billion Firefox users, Mozilla web applications, and infrastructure.

Michael has also served on the global board of directors for OWASP, the largest non-profit application organization in the world. Michael was a member of the board for six years, three of those years as the chairman.

Altitude Networks, the cybersecurity company he recently founded, was named a “Top 30 CyberSecurity Startup in 2019” by Business Insider.

Before building and leading security programs, Michael assessed, compromised, and secured applications and networks for some of the largest banks, governments, and enterprises around the world. Michael has served as an advisor to multiple startups and was honored in 2012 when he was selected as an SC Magazine Influential Security Mind.

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