Dr. Eric Osterweil is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at George Mason University. He studied physics and computer science at the Johns Hopkins University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Between these degrees he worked as a professional software engineer for many years, building large-scale production systems at a variety of companies. After earning his doctorate, he conducted research and led investigations as a principal scientist Verisign. While there he studied and published works on inter-domain routing security in the Internet, researched/designed/implemented/operationalized a large-scale DDoS detection and defense system for DNS attacks, and researched the previously unrecogonized threats posed by name collisions with the DNS.