Robert Stauss is a United States Army-trained security expert and ethical hacker. He is one of the world's leading experts on social engineering, and has written and lectured on the practice and the mitigation of spear phishing-based cyber attacks. He has received training and certification from the United States Department of Homeland Security in operations security (OPSEC) and cyber security. He has also undergone additional training specific to cyber-physical security.


Robert grew up in Chicago, and his fascination with computers, telecommunications and technology began in the late 1980s when his grandfather, a telecommunications engineer and executive for AT&T and Illinois Bell, taught Robert about the technical exploration of the phone system known as phone phreaking. This began a life of intellectual challenge and exploration by way of hacking.


Robert entered the United States Army cyber and information security career field in 1998. As a young private, Robert

trained at Fort Jackson, South Carolina before being assigned to the 514th Military Police Company in Greenville, North Carolina. This experience in government service would train Robert and serve him well in the future. To this day, Robert maintains an informal relationship with his former command, participates in security workshops and, and also works with new recruits and their families to help prepare them for entry into Army life. He is also an active member of the National Association of American Veterans.


Robert is an avid reader and history scholar, with a particular interest in Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. He attended EMT-Paramedic school in Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin. After working in the emergency department at Chicago's John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Robert was a member of a municipal fire department and EMS team in suburban Madison. He plays competitive kickball, and is working on his golf and tennis games.




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