Parth Shukla is an Information Security Analyst in the Operations Centre at the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT). He specialises in providing analysis, monitoring threats and responding to member requests for incident handling. Parth has extensive experience working in the IT field over the past 8 years. He has worked for the University of Queensland (UQ) for a number of years taking on various positions. In addition to working as the Information Technology Support Officer at the UQ Library, he has also held a range of Research Assistant roles in various IT projects, and he has tutored both practical programming and other theoretical computer courses at both advanced and capstone levels for the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE). Parth’s previous roles outside the University include working as a system administrator and a freelance website programmer. In terms of academics, he has excelled in his studies, being awarded the prestigious “UQ Excellence Scholarship”, which he maintained for the full 4 years.
While at AusCERT, Parth has been analysing the data of the Carna Botnet that he obtained exclusively from the anonymous researcher. He has provided relevant snippets of the datasets to CERTs around the world as well as relevant organisations within Australia. He has taken on the mission of spreading public awareness on the security implications of his research by conducting detailed region-specific analyses of the Carna Botnet at various conferences around the world. So far, Parth has presented at the following conferences: The Hackers Conference in Delhi, India; APNIC 36 in Xi’an, China; AusNOG 2013 in Sydney, Australia; Security on the Move Conference in Sydney, Australia; and AusCERT 2013 Conference at the Gold Coast, Australia. Parth has also been invited to present on the European data for the Carna Botnet at DeepSec in Vienna.
His presentation at BlackHat will cover exclusive and detailed never-before-presented content. Parth has been strongly interested in information security from the earliest days of his career. His passion for computer security covers a wide range of topics from botnet and malware analysis to network and infrastructure security. Outside work, Parth also runs his own small VM farm of servers at home as a hobby and for private research. His personal interests are far and wide, including physics, politics, religion, philosophy and cricket!