Michel Oosterhof is an experienced security architect, specialising in cybersecurity. He realises value by combining technical expertise, organisational insight and commercial experience. Michel has over fifteen years of experience in information security functions in a range of industries, including finance, banking, oil and gas, consulting, high-tech, manufacturing and government.

He currently works at Splunk as a Sales Engineering Manager in the Emerging Markets region (Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa), where he builds and manages high-performing sales engineering teams. Michel is a Certified Splunk Architect and works with Information Security and Industrial Security department clients.

Michel has all-round and hands-on security experience in big data security analytics, security operations centres, threat intelligence, incident response, network security monitoring, identity management and fraud & risk. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Physics and is certified as a CISM, CISSP, CISA and GCIH. Having lived and worked all across Europe and in the Middle East, Michel is a Dutch citizen and currently based in London, UK.

He communicates well at an executive level as a trusted advisor and works as well as on a deep technical level with analysts on security use cases.

Michel runs a popular open source project called Cowrie (https://github.com/cowrie/cowrie), a Python based SSH/Telnet honeypot, deception technology used to gather threat intelligence on various actors on the internet. He speaks on this topic at events like the HoneyNet Conference. Cowrie received Google Summer of Code sponsorship in 2019.