Ken Westin

Ken Westin

Security Analyst & Product Marketing at Tripwire

Portland, Oregon Area
Computer Software

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Ken Westin's Overview

  • Security Analyst & Product Marketing Manager at Tripwire
  • Technical Editor at Wiley

500+ connections

Ken Westin's Summary

I am a creative technologist with 15 years experience in security, product development and digital marketing. I have developed technology that has tracked and recovered stolen devices, unveiled organized crime rings, recovered stolen vehicles, solved a violent car jacking and helped track pedophiles.

I have won awards and honors from MIT, Oregon Tech Awards, CTIA, SXSW and was named in Entrepreneur Magazine's "100 Brilliant Companies" and Portland Business Journal's 2013 "Forty Under 40". My technology and exploits have been featured in Wired, Forbes, New York Times, The Economist, Good Morning America and Dateline NBC amongst others. I am regularly reached out to as a subject matter expert in the area of security, privacy and surveillance technologies.

I have trained and assisted law enforcement agencies in the use of various technologies and techniques including social media as an investigative tool. I developed the training curriculum for NLETS ( Nationals Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) covering CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Systems) security policies to be deployed across the country to all law enforcement agencies. Recently I unveiled a massive security hole in a major ISPs mobile and web based email infrastructure and disclosed and helped remediate the issue with the ISP and Google.

Ken Westin's Experience

Security Analyst & Product Marketing Manager


Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

March 2012Present (2 years 7 months) Portland, Oregon Area

Technical Editor


September 2014Present (1 month)

Serving as a technical editor on a great book on a fascinating topic from an author I have a great deal of respect for. Living the geek dream.

Startup Advisor

Startup Advisor

Professional Training & Coaching industry

November 2010December 2013 (3 years 2 months) Portland, Oregon Area

CPUsage - Advisor ( November 2012 - March 2014 )
Advise CPUsage on fund raising, product development, PR and marketing. Worked with them to develop the first application of their technology through a partnerships getting the attention and features in top media outlets including the New York Times, The Economist, TechCrunch and others.The company has raised $1M in funding and was recently launched at TechCrunch Disrupt.

MobileRQ - Advisor ( September 2012 - May 2014)
Assist with digital marketing and messaging strategy. The company recently announced $800K in funding led by Verizon Investments and launch of their platform.

Portland Incubator Experiment - Mentor ( July 2011 - Present )
I serve as a mentor for PIE which was established by Weiden+Kennedy incubate startups. I advise on go to market strategy, marketing, PR and product development

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Computer Software industry

February 2007March 2012 (5 years 2 months)

Developed and launched the first GadgetTrak product in 2007, which provided a way to track portable media devices such as iPods, digital cameras and external drives and was awarded a patent for the technology in early 2009. The technology was bundled and integrated into hardware by manufacturers such as Seagate and FLIR ( ThermaTrak ).

Launched patent-pending tracking solution for laptops that utilizes both the integrated web camera to capture photos of thieves and Wi-Fi positioning for location, resulting in a number of amazing recoveries. Architected and launched mobile security platform that allows users to track missing devices, capture photos and remotely wipe, encrypt and backup sensitive information.

Pioneered an innovative service enabling people to search the web for photos taken with their camera by the serial number.

Featured on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America and many top news and tech sites including the New York Times, Forbes, TechCrunch, The Economist and more. Won awards from CTIA, MIT, Mobile Star, WebVisions, TechAmerica and named in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Top 100 Brilliant Companies."

Mobile, Security & Privacy Consultant

Mobile, Security & Privacy Consultant

October 2011February 2012 (5 months)

ICE/DHS: HSI Cyber Crimes Center (C3)
( April 2013 - Present )
Providing technology and tools to assist the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit with the scanning and gathering of forensic data from images on the web in connection with child pornography and missing and exploited children. The system searches for serial numbers of cameras associated with these crimes and provides information to agents on additional images uploaded to social and photo sharing websites, linking them to usernames and other identifying information.

National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS)
( October 2011 - February 2012 )
Assisted in the development of NLETS online training to be distributed to 3.5 million law enforcement agents across the country. I wrote the curriculum for the Criminal Justice Information Systems Security Policy module, ensuring that material and exams accurately covered the CJIS policies. Researched and deployed secure, scalable and cross-platform/cross-device methods of delivering video streaming content in the LMS. I presented and trained law enforcement agents across more than 100 different agencies on mobile forensics and tracking technologies.

Media Pundit - Mobile, Security & Privacy
Reached out to by local and national press regarding topics including mobile security, privacy and general computer security. Assisted with stories and/or been interviewed by: Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, BBC, CBS News, Fox News, Red Tape Chronicles, Wired, The New York Times ( ), Forbes, Boston Globe, KGW ( ), Computer World, KXL and several others.



Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

April 2007March 2008 (1 year)

Web Manager & Security Analyst

Centennial Software

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

August 2005August 2007 (2 years 1 month)

Web Developer


Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; DHR; Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry

May 2004August 2005 (1 year 4 months)

Web Manager & Instructor

Pacific University

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

May 2002September 2004 (2 years 5 months)

Graphic Designer / Developer / Project Manager


August 1999May 2002 (2 years 10 months)

Ken Westin's Organizations

  • Infragard

    • February 2013 to Present

Ken Westin's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • FBI Citizens' Academy
    • Offensive Security: Penetration Testing with BackTrack
    • Offensive Security: Cracking the Perimeter
    • Black Hat: Practical Threat Intelligence
    • Honeypots Workshop
    • Stanford: Surveillance Law Course

Ken Westin's Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Forty Under 40 - Portland Business Journal

    Portland Business Journal
    • January 2013
  • Featured in Forbes Magazine

    • October 2011

    Featured in a story in Forbes Magazine titled "To Shame A Thief"

  • Entrepreneur Magazine Top 100 Brilliant Company 2011

    Entrepreneur Magazine
    • May 2011

    Named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 100 in the "Mobile" category t

  • SXSW Accelerator Finalist 2011

  • MIT DEMO Winner 2011

    • September 2011

    MIT Startup DEMO brings together entrepreneurs to showcase their exciting new products and services. The event is open to the public and held in partnership with six of our region's angel investor organizations.

  • Best Productivity/Utility App 2011

    • January 2011

    Winner of CTIA E-Tech Awards "Best Productivity/Utility App" 2011

  • "Best Consumer Security Application" 2010

    Mobile Village Awards
    • October 2010

    Tied with Mobile Lookout Security for best "Consumer Security Application"

  • Oregon Technology Awards "Cool Product of the Year"

    • May 2009

    Won the Oregon Technology Awards "Cool Product of the Year" beating out Clearwire and Ontier.

  • WebVisionary Awards "Best Application" 2009

    Web Visions
    • May 2009

    Won best application in the 2009 WebVisionary award put on by the Web Visions conference

  • Global Security Challenge Finalist 2009

    • April 2009

    Finalist for the Global Security Challenge in 2009. Supported by US Government agency Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) and industry giant BAE Systems plc, GSC prides itself in attracting unique technologies with great disruptive potential.

  • First Degree Black Belt, Poekoelan

    • May 2013
  • Media Interviews

    Bloomberg TV "Computers for Hire Send Stolen JPMorgan Data to Russia" 9/4
    Bloomberg TV "Home Depot Hacked" 9/2
    Bloomberg TV "How Safe Is the Cloud After Celebrity iCloud Hack" 9/2
    KEX News "Celebrity Cloud Security" 9/2
    KGW "Rental Scams" 8/17/14
    KGW "Albertson's & Supervalue Credit Card Breach" 8/16/14
    KGW "Missing Persons Tracking Cell Phones" 7/31
    KGW "ZIP Code Changes & Credit Card Verification" 7/16
    KGW "Snowden" 6/14
    KGW "eCard Malware" 5/8/14
    KGW Heartbleed 4/10/14
    KATU Heartbleed 4/9/14
    KGW -Google Fiber 2/19/14
    KGW - Yahoo Breach 1/13/14
    KGW - Michaels Hack - 1/28/14
    KING 5 - Target Hack - 1/17/14
    KGW Live @7 1/16/14
    KGW "Target Phishing Emails" 1/16/14
    KGW - Target Breach 110M 1/10/14
    KATU - Target Breach 1/10/14
    KGW - Snapchat Data Leak - 1/2/14
    KXL - Target Breach PIN Data - 12/27/13
    KATU - Weak U.S. card security - 12/22/13
    KPAM - Mark & Dave Show, 12/20/13
    KGW Live at 7 - 12/19/13
    KATU - Target Breach, 12/19/13
    KGW - Target Breach, 12/18/13
    KGW - Facebook, ADP Hacked 12/6/13
    KATU - Made in Oregon Breach - 12/5/13
    KGW - Made In Oregon Breach - 12/4/13
    KATU - Cyberbullying - Nov 19, 2013
    KGW - Adobe Breach - 11/14/13
    KGW "Password Security" - 11/13/13
    KGW Live @7 - Aug 28, 2013
    KGW Straight Talk - Jun 24, 2013
    KGW Live @7 - "NSA Spying" - 6/6/13
    Fox "Target for Thieves" - 3/11/13
    KGW "Facebook Email Privacy" - 6/28/12
    KGW "Zappos Breach" - 1/16/12
    KGW - "Apple Tracker Privacy" - 4/24/11
    Fox12 - "School Laptop Burglaries" - 2/11/10
    Oregon Tech Awards - 5/09
    Good Morning America - 9/9/08
    King 5 - "Electronic Theft Tracking" - 6/21/08
    KOIN - "Tracking Theft" - 3/26/07
    KTPV - "Tracking Stolen Devices" - 11/13/07
    KGW - Your Money Your Business - 10/3/07

  • Speaking Engagements

    New York Metro Joint Cyber-Security Conference 10/7/14
    BSides Las Vegas 8/6 "Insider Threat"
    Black Hat 2014 8/6 - "Insider Threat"
    ToorCamp 2014 "How the Stolen Credit Card Black Market Works" 7/11/14
    Infosecurity Magazine Webcast "Insider Threat" 7/3/14
    Black Hat Webcast 5/15/14
    Lewis & Clark College "Liberal Arts & Infosec"
    ISC2 Robbins AFB 3/11/14
    Tripwire User Group St. Louis - 3/6/14
    B Sides SF - 2/22/14
    Joint w/FBI "Keep Kids Safe Online" 1/16/14
    University of Portland "Lateral Thinking In Infosec" 11/20/13
    Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges - 10/13
    BSides Portland - Sept 27, 2013
    Criminal Justice Information Systems 9/13
    U of O School of Business - 4/13
    CodeDay Keynote - 10/12
    BSides Las Vegas - 8/25/12
    BSides Portland - 2/12
    Ignite Portland - 9/12
    ToorCamp - 8/11
    MIT Startup Demo - 5/11
    SXSW Accelerator - 3/11
    Startup Weekend Keynote - 11/11
    Angel Oregon - 2010
    Mobile Portland "When Devices Rat Us Out" 5/12
    Portable Computer & Comm Association - 10/12

Ken Westin's Skills & Expertise

  1. Offensive Security
  2. Intrusion Detection
  3. Network Security Monitoring
  4. Start-ups
  5. Mobile Devices
  6. Security
  7. Web Development
  8. SEO
  9. Entrepreneurship
  10. Product Development
  11. Information Security
  12. Computer Security
  13. SaaS
  14. Marketing
  15. Public Relations
  16. mobile security
  17. Leadership
  18. Web Design
  19. Cloud Computing
  20. Digital Marketing
  21. Endpoint Security
  22. mobile privacy
  23. Public Speaking
  24. Network Security
  25. Enterprise Software
  26. Linux
  27. Business Strategy
  28. MySQL
  29. HTML
  30. Mobile Applications
  31. Breaking Things
  32. PHP
  33. Technical Writing
  34. Privacy Law
  35. Software Development
  36. User Interface Design
  37. User Experience
  38. Management
  39. Penetration Testing
  40. Writing
  41. Business Intelligence
  42. Python
  43. Node.js
  44. SEM
  45. Social Media
  46. Go-to-market Strategy
  47. Vulnerability Management
  48. Open Source

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Ken Westin's Publications

Ken Westin's Languages

  • Japanese

    (Limited working proficiency)

Ken Westin's Patents

  • Portable host-pluggable appliance tracking system

    • United States Patent 7,496,201
    • Issued February 24, 2009
    Inventors: Ken Westin

    A recoverable data storage apparatus includes a hand-portable housing configured with an input/output (I/O) port presented outwardly therefrom, a data storage means retained within the housing and operatively coupled with the input/output port, and a client agent embodied as device-executable code residing on the data storage device and configured. When executed on a network-linked host computing device, the client agent is configured to establish communication with a remote server and receive data indicating a possession status of the data storage apparatus. A device tracking system includes a data network means, a hardware portion, and a software portion.

  • Mobile device or computer theft recovery system and method

    • United States Patent Application 20100115092
    • Filed October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Ken Westin

    A mobile device, e.g. portable computer, location tracking and data backup-and-wipe system and method enable a lost or stolen device to be recovered by reporting to its rightful owner and optionally to others its approximate location via triangulation and the use of location service providers. Social network members may be made aware automatically of the location of a reported lost or stolen device and can assist the rightful owner in recovering it based upon their identification of the user of the device, whether by the location coordinates or by viewing a photographic image taken by the computer. Alternatively, in governmental and/or institutional settings having privacy concerns, no photographic images are sent to a public website. Instead, they are sent to a proprietary employer server and maintained behind an institutional firewall.

Ken Westin's Education

University of Portsmouth

M.Sc, Internet Systems Development


Pacific University

Computer Science


Taught CS 120 and Media Arts courses on web development and took additional CS courses while serving as the University Web Manager.

Lewis and Clark College

B.A., Literature, East Asian Studies


President's List


Japanese Language


Activities and Societies: Judo

Waseda University

Japanese Language, Art History & Design


Ken Westin's Additional Information


martial arts, guitar, running, infragard member

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Honors and Awards:

- Angel Oregon 2010 Finalist
- Seed Oregon Winner 2010
- Angel Oregon 2009 Finalist and people's choice winner
- Bend Venture Conference 2008 Finalist
- Funding Universe CrowdPitch Winner - December 2009
- Digital Web Redesign Winner
- CASE Design Awards Winner Best University Website 2003
- Macromedia Site of the Day 2003

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