Welcome! This website is a central repository of links to my work as a technologist, author, researcher, public speaker, and "ongoing experiment in trying to live right." My current interests are the risks and ethics of technology, gender equality, healthcare, socialcare, and public policy. My current employer is me, myself, and I. But I manage to find time to do some volunteering.
You can find out more about my career on LinkedIn and Wikipedia. If you want to connect with me on social media, follow @zcobb on Twitter (I'm open to Direct Messages, but not product pitches or conspiracy theories). There is also an email contact form on my personal blog and the information security blog that I write with my partner, Chey Cobb, author of Network Security for Dummies and one of the first female speakers at BlackHat.
In 2019, I retired as Senior Security Researcher at ESET, the security software firm, in order to focus on my family. We relocated from San Diego to England to be near my nonagenarian mum. I feel very fortunate and grateful that we got the move done just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Since then I've mainly been mainly a carer, or caregiver in US parlance, for mum and Chey. (Unfortunately, Chey's longstanding health problems were compounded by a brain hemorrhage in 2019, and another in 2022).
One the bright side, the cozy little house that we rent here in Coventry, in the heart of England, has a lovely garden which Chey enjoys tending. And I have managed to tick one "retirement" box: Get a hobby. (I got back into photography.)Writing
Links to recordings of me speaking at conferences and seminars, and in interviews.
For example, TEDx and DEFCON.Speaking
Thanks to a family tree developed several generations ago, Stephen has always known where he came from, and where a lot of Cobbs around the world come from. He has shared a picture of this tree in the interests of genealogical research.
Read what Stephen and Chey have to say about cybersecurity.
Visit Stephen's personal blog.