Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas

Distinguished Engineer at Verisign
Joined on February 11, 2019
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Matt Thomas is a Distinguished Engineer in Verisign's CSO Applied Research division. His research focuses on numerous aspects of internet security, stability and resiliency including but not limited to: DDoS attacks, domain name abuse, miscreant behavior within the DNS, and large-scale measurements and evolving trends in internet architectures.

Thomas is responsible for supporting an array of activities across the company that include data-driven analytical functions for Verisign's value-added services, supporting internal research initiatives, external engagement, and supporting critical data analysis efforts. Thomas has over 15 years of experience working with large distributed data collection and analysis systems.

Prior to joining Verisign in 2008, Matt worked as a Software Engineer at AT&T. He was responsible for designing and implementing a distributed data collection system that measured and analyzed the operational performance of systems and services hosted by AT&T throughout the world.

Thomas received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology from The Johns Hopkins University. He has authored more than 10 peer-reviewed publications and he has been awarded 11 patents from the USPTO. He is in good standing as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Hadoop Developer (CDH).

Featured Blogs

Maximizing Qname Minimization: A New Chapter in DNS Protocol Evolution

Data privacy and security experts tell us that applying the "need to know" principle enhances privacy and security, because it reduces the amount of information potentially disclosed to a service provider -- or to other parties -- to the minimum the service provider requires to perform a service. This principle is at the heart of qname minimization, a technique described in RFC 7816 that has now achieved significant adoption in the DNS. more

Revisiting How Registrants Can Reduce the Threat of Domain Hijacking

Recent events have shown the threat of domain hijacking is very real; however, it is also largely preventable. As Verisign previously noted, there are many security controls that registrants can utilize to help strengthen their security posture. Verisign would like to reiterate this advice within the context of the recent domain hijacking reports. Domains are an important element of internet infrastructure; their functionality and security rely upon many factors such as their delegated name servers. more

Topic Interests

Registry ServicesDomain ManagementCybersecurityDomain NamesDNSInternet ProtocolDNS Security

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