Kyle Wilhoit

Director, Threat Research on Palo Alto Networks Unit 42

Kyle Wilhoit is an internationally recognized security researcher and threat research leader with more than a decade of experience helping research teams deliver original and organized threat intelligence and research. In his current role as Director, Threat Research on Palo Alto Networks Unit 42, Kyle is responsible for leading teams of world renowned threat researchers that identify, track and unearth technical intelligence related to actor groups present in hack tools, attack frameworks, targeted attack campaigns, and malware families.

At his previous role at Palo Alto Networks, Kyle was a Principal Threat Researcher, focusing on nation state actors and their related tactics, techniques, and procedures. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, Kyle performed a litany of research roles focusing specifically on threat hunting, malware analysis and research at companies such as Domaintools, Trend Micro, Fireeye and others.

Kyle has presented at over 50 cybersecurity conferences around the globe, with Kyle actively serving on the Review Board for Blackhat US since 2017, where he’s responsible for assisting in the selection of several conference tracks. Kyle has consulted several worldwide governmental bodies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), US Congress, the US Department of Commerce and others. His research has supported investigative stories in several publications, including ABC, CNN, BBC, CNN, The New York Times, WIRED, MIT Technology, and many additional outlets. Additionally, Kyle is a co-author on two books- Hacking Exposed Industrial Control Systems: ICS and SCADA Security Secrets & Solutions in addition to the book Operationalizing Threat Intelligence: A guide to developing and operationalizing cyber threat intelligence programs.