Head of Threat Awareness
Zero Day Initiative
Dustin C. Childs serves as the Head of Threat Awareness for Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), which is the world’s largest vendor-agnostic bug bounty program. Dustin began his infosec journey in the late 1990s at the Air Force Information Warfare Center. Following his time working for the government, Mr. Childs worked in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group, where he served as a case manager in the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) with a focus on addressing vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and in Microsoft’s developer tools. In his current role, Mr. Childs gathers and analyzes threat intelligence from various Trend Micro and open-source resources to understand and communicate risk to enterprises. He also creates, implements, and oversees internal and external communications programs that promote the work of ZDI and its researchers.