Trent Adams

Securing the Ecosystem – Collaborating Inside and Out


Trent Adams is a technologist, strategist, and futurist focused on online identity, privacy, and security. His experience spans pioneering digital media production to running highly trafficked websites and e-commerce engines, to supporting various specification, standards, and advocacy communities. Adams is currently a Director of Information Security for PayPal, leading the Ecosystem Security team. His reach extends to galaxies far, far away as he also was an extra in Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.


Comprehensive Internet security can’t be accomplished alone.  It depends on collaboration with various departments within the company as well as with external organizations. Effective collaboration and commitment has enabled PayPal to work with organizations such as the IETF, W3C, MAAWG, and FIDO Alliance in the design, development, and deployment of key technologies such as Hypertext Strict Transport Security (HSTS), Content Security Policy (CSP), Domain-based Messaging Authentication, Reporting, & Conformance (DMARC), and Fast Identity Online (FIDO). This talk provides an overview of our approach to Ecosystem Security, illustrated by some successes, and touching on what’s coming next.