We are excited to announce Ladi Adefala as our Keynote speaker for the 5th BSides Nashville.


Ladi Adefala is a passionate cyber security professional with a broad range of expertise that spans multiple security domains including cyber security strategy, solution architectures, security risk assessments, cyber threat intelligence and research and cyber security training. Adefala’s background in information technology and security began with stints at Red Hat Consulting, AT&T and World Wide Technology Inc., and his credentials include an MBA from Washington University and multiple industry certifications.

Mr. Adefala has served in a variety of strategic technical and leadership roles that span several disciplines including enterprise network, mobility and advanced cyber security solutions. As a FortiGuard Labs cyber security expert with Fortinet, Adefala engages in industry thought leadership and threat research initiatives. These include strategic, tactical and operational threat intelligence. He has been invited to share his research and cyber security thought leadership at several events including NASA, BSidesLV. Adefala’s area of active research is deep learning neural networks. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Webster University’s Masters of Science – Cyber Security Program, where he engages participating students in the domains of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), network forensics, malware analysis and reverse engineering.