Dave Kennedy

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Dave Kennedy is the Founder of TrustedSec and Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Binary Defense. He started both these companies with the goal of improving the security industry and promoting the advancement of the industry through quality services.

Dave has been named one of the Top 10 IT Security Influencers in the World, according to CISO Platform.

Prior to TrustedSec and Binary Defense, Dave was a Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Diebold Incorporated, an international Fortune 1000 global company.

Dave was a guest on FoxNews, CNN, and MSNBC. He is also the co-founder of DerbyCon, a large-scale security conference in Louisville Kentucky.


Dave co-authored Metasploit: The Penetration Testers Guide book which was number one on Amazon.com in security for over 6 months.

Dave was also one of the founding members of the “Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES)“. PTES is the industry leading standard around how penetration tests should be performed which is also now adopted by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) and the Data Security Standard (DSS) Guidelines for Penetration Testing.

He is also the creator of several widely popular open-source tools including “The Social-Engineer Toolkit” (SET), PenTesters Framework (PTF), Artillery, and Fast-Track.

Education & Certifications



His experience includes over 15 years in the security field, with over 10 years specifically in security consulting and services. This cybersecurity experience is highly utilized in the development of our Endpoint Detection & Response technology.

Prior to the private sector, Dave worked in the United States Marines (USMC) for cyber warfare and forensics analysis activities for the intelligence community including two tours to Iraq.

Prior to starting TrustedSec and Binary Defense, Dave was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Diebold Incorporated, a Fortune 1000 company, where he developed a global security program that handled all aspects of information security and risk management.

Dave is considered a forward thinker in the security field and has presented at several hundred conferences worldwide. He has had the privilege to speak and keynote at some of the nations largest conferences. This includes keynoting Microsoft’s Bluehat, DEF CON, Blackhat, DerbyCon, Grace Hopper, and many more popular conferences.

Industry Contributions

His tools have been featured on a number of TV shows including the History Channel, Mr. Robot, and also movies. He has assisted in some of the content for the widely popular Mr. Robot TV show, and advises on other news organizations and TV shows.

  • Co-Author of Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide
  • Co-Creator of the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES)
  • Creator of the Social Engineer Toolkit (SET)
  • Creator of the PenTesters Framework (PTF)
  • Creator of the Magic Unicorn Exploitation Framework
  • Creator of Artillery
  • Creator of Fast-Track


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Dave Kennedy
Job Title
Chief Hacking Officer
Binary Defense
600 Alpha Parkway,
Stow, Ohio, 44224