Stephen Cobb

Welcome! This website is a central repository of links to my work as a public-interest technologist, researcher, author, 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, I am on Blue Sky and Facebook, as well as LinkedIn. 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 speakers at BlackHat who was not a bloke.

In 2019, I retired as Senior Security Researcher at ESET, the security software firm, in order to spend more time with 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 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. I have been enjoying serving on the board of Carers Trust Heart of England and driving patients to hospital as an NHS Volunteer. In terms of retirement hobbies, I try to find time to curate my photos and share them.


Stephen Speaking

Links to recordings of me speaking at conferences and seminars, and in interviews.

For example, TEDx and DEFCON.

                    Cobb speaking

More links, work, and websites

Items will be added here as I get round to them (visual pun intended.

Cobb Family Tree

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.

Cobbs on Security

Read what Stephen and Chey have to say about cybersecurity.


Visit Stephen's personal blog.