Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Research & Development at Tripwire

dwayne-melanconDwayne entered the tech industry as a support analyst, and he hasn’t slowed down since. In addition to holding positions at Symantec and DirectWeb, he contributed to the Visible Ops Handbook and the Visible Ops Security Handbook, which required him to work with researchers from Carnegie Mellon, the University of Florida, the University of Oregon and the IT Process Institute.

Dwayne holds CISA and ITIL certifications and is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and IT Service Management Forum (itSMF).

Dwayne believes that Tripwire and its employees have the opportunity to make a difference in the global level of cyber security. When he’s not busy fighting cybercrime, he meets with as many customers as he can to foster a deep understanding of their problems and collaborate with them on practical, real-world solutions.

Dwayne credits his considerable professional success to his genuine curiosity about the world and how it works. He revels in ambiguity and adapts quickly. The word “panic” is not in his vocabulary, and he is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get dirty.

Prior to his technology career, Dwayne spent six years working as a professional radio announcer in Louisiana, with two of those years spent in a plane reporting on traffic conditions.

In his free time, Dwayne volunteers at a Boy Scout ranch in Oregon, where he participates once or twice a year in a “horse trek,” which involves moving a herd of 70 horses nearly 200 miles through the Cascade Mountains.

At one point in Dwayne’s eclectic past, the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Herbie Hancock were calling him for Mac tech advice.

If Dwayne could magically gain any ability, he would like to time travel – both backwards and forwards – to study the impact of small changes to the time continuum. Oh, and he’d also bring back a bunch of cheap gold and vintage comic books.


Pokemon Go Players Targeted With SMS Phishing Scam

Hackers have been targeting Pokemon Go players via SMS, prompting them to click on a link to gain access to thousands of Pokecoins and in-game currency, in exchange for points. However, the link would instead lead players to a phishing site called Pokemonpromo.xxx. Dwayne Melancon, CTO and VP, Research and Development at Tripwire commented below. …


Delta Grounding

Delta grounded all its flights worldwide yesterday claiming a power outage in Atlanta caused the system to go down. The power company said when the Delta systems went down, it took down the power. Still others speculated that it might be a hack. Dwayne Melancon, CTO at Tripwire commented below. Dwayne Melancon, CTO at  Tripwire: …


China Launching First-Ever Quantum Comms Satellite to Protect Data

China will soon launch the world’s first quantum communication satellite in space, when the rocket takes off in July. The satellite is specifically developed to help securely send and receive data by achieving quantum communication between space and earth. Dwayne Melancon, CTO and VP, Research & Development at Tripwire discusses whether this is a good …

Power Grid Vulnerable to Foreign Hackers

US Power Grid Vulnerable to Foreign Hackers

It is being reported that a security researcher looking into the breach of California University Housing Files, discovered Cyberattackers had opened a pathway into the networks running the United States power grid. Security experts from Tripwire have the following comments on it.

Hackers in a Credit Card Breach

Targeted by Hackers in a Credit Card Breach

Major customer data breach due to malware in their POS system, and many other high-profile hotel breaches recently (Starwood, Trump Hotels)  – where are the hotels going wrong? This week also saw the discovery of one of the most sophisticated retail PoS malware ever, ModPos, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Are we …

Stronger Encryption Benefit Terrorists

Would Stronger Encryption Benefit Terrorists?

Intelligence agencies have stepped pressure for encryption backdoors and weaker encryption in the wake of the Paris bombing. Various reports allege the attackers used encrypted communications, or Playstation 4 notes, to plan their assault. Meanwhile, there are reports that the Iraqi and Turkish intelligence agencies had warned of the attack in advance, and that at …

United Airlines breach

Hackers Breach United Airlines

News has broken that United Airlines have been breached by the group of China-backed hackers believed to have been behind the Anthem breach. They detected the attack in May or early June, and among the data stolen are manifests including information on their flights’ passengers and their destinations. Experts from Tripwire, STEALTHbits, Securonix, Proficio, and Secure Channels commented on the breach …

breach at CVS

Experts React to New of New Retail Breach at CVS

It was announced that pharmacy chain CVS has taken down its online photo center CVSphoto.com, replacing it with a message warning that customer credit card data may have been compromised. The incident comes just days after Walmart Canada said it was investigating a potential breach of customer card data at its online photo processing store. …