Tom Cross (computer security)

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Tom Cross
Tom Cross at the Emperor (Happy Valley) Hotel in Hong Kong in 2001
Alma mater Georgia Tech
Known for MemeStreams

Tom Cross (born 1976), also known as Decius, is an American computer security expert and hacker.


Early life

Cross was born in 1976 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Tennessee. His father worked in telecommunications policy and his mother was a Registered Nurse's Assistant. He attended Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, before attending Georgia Tech in Atlanta, receiving a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. [1] [2]

Security work

He co-founded the EFGA (Electronic Frontiers Georgia) in 1995. In 1996, he co-founded Computer Sentry Software, known for their award-winning "CyberAngel" software, a laptop anti-theft program. From 1999 to 2000, he was Chief Engineer at Dataway, a computer security firm in San Francisco. From 2000 to 2001 he worked at iAsiaWorks, as the Director of Global Security Engineering. In 2001, he founded Industrial Memetics, which developed the popular collaborative blogging community MemeStreams. [3]

Cross has been a speaker at several technology conferences, including PhreakNIC; Summercon; "The First International Hackers' Conference in Seoul Korea" (IS2K); "InternetWorld" in Singapore; and APRICOT, the Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies. [4] He was also among the attendees at the first ever Def Con. He is known for extensive "rant" essays and speeches on technology and policy. [5] [6] He has also been a co-host on episodes of "Binary Revolution", as a cryptography expert. [7] [8]


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  1. Cross, Tom (September 2006). "Puppy smoothies: Improving the reliability of open, collaborative wikis" . Retrieved 2007-03-08.
  2. Cross, Tom. "Georgia-Voter.Info" . Retrieved 2007-03-08.
  3. "Executive Officers". Industrial Memetics. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  4. "Tom Cross". IEEE SMC Information Assurance Workshop. Information Technology and Operations Center at West Point. Archived from the original on September 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  5. Cross, Tom. "IP essay by Decius" . Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  6. Cross, Tom (December 11, 2012). "5 key computer network security challenges for 2013". Forbes . Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  7. "Episode 58 - Memetics". Binary Revolution. 2004-08-17. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  8. "Episode 148 - Rainbow Tables". Binary Revolution. 2006-05-16. Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-10-15.