M3AAWG represents more than one billion mailboxes from some of the largest network operators worldwide. The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group is where the messaging industry comes together to work against bots, malware, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. It leverages the depth and experience of its global membership to tackle abuse on existing networks and new emerging services through technology, collaboration and public policy. M3AAWG also educates global policy makers on the technical and operational issues related to online abuse and messaging. The organization is driven by market needs and supported by major network operators and messaging providers.
Jerry Upton, M3AAWG Executive Director
Jerry Upton has served as M3AAWG Executive Director since the organization's founding in 2004. Previously, in his more than twenty years experience at Motorola, he held executive positions in standards, software and mobile phone products, alliance management and business development. Mr. Upton was also the founding Chairman of the Open Mobile Alliance, a mobile standardization forum, and a past TIA Engineering Committee Chair.
Severin Walker, M3AAWG Chairman (Comcast)
Severin Walker has over 15 years of experience in the areas of messaging security and incident response at Comcast. Mr. Walker has worked on several initiatives to better the customer experience as well as contribute to a more secure internet. His current team of engineers develop and maintain platforms that enforce best practices and protect their customers from attacks. At M3AAWG, Mr. Walker has presented on topics such as delivery over IPv6 and mailbox provider policies. He eventually went on to chair the M3AAWG Messaging and Technical committees, learning from the organization’s founding members while facilitating contributions from newer attendees. Mr. Walker believes M3AAWG to be an integral part of the internet's security as it provides a vetted and confidential space for hundreds of subject matter experts to collaborate.
Janet Jones, M3AAWG Vice Chair (Microsoft)
Janet Jones became involved with M3AAWG in 2014 to help the industry solve complex security problems surrounding non-consensual pervasive monitoring of email, voice and other network traffic. Mrs. Jones currently serves as co-chair of the M3AAWG Pervasive Monitoring Special Interest Group, actively contributing to industry best practices and protocols for implementing measures that protect operational security and customer privacy. (See the video Protecting Users: An Update from the M3AAWG Pervasive Monitoring SIG.) She leads the Women of Messaging and Anti-Abuse (WMAA) group as part of the M3AAWG diversity and inclusion efforts. With more than 20 years of experience, Mrs. Jones brings to M3AAWG an extensive background in technology, security and messaging. She led deployments and supported Microsoft’s first worldwide cloud messaging implementations and currently works in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Security Engineering organization as a senior security program manager driving initiatives for their Secure Development Lifecycle and Operational Security Assurance programs. Mrs. Jones also participates in several other industry organization’s initiatives that work toward securing messaging and data privacy.
Len Shneyder, M3AAWG Vice Chair (SendGrid)
Len Shneyder is a 15-year email and digital messaging veteran and the vice president of industry relations at SendGrid. Mr. Shneyder serves as an evangelist and proponent of best practices and he drives thought leadership and data-driven insights on industry trends based on the massive volume of email SendGrid delivers on behalf of their customers. Len is a longtime M3AAWG member and serves on its Board of Directors in addition to co-chairing its Program Committee. He is also part of the MAC (Member Advisory Committee) of the Email Experience Council where he serves as the organization's vice chair. The EEC is a professional trade organization focused on promoting email marketing best practices and is owned by the Data and Marketing Association of America (DMA) where Mr. Shneyder also sits on the Ethics Committee. In addition, Len has worked closely with the ESPC (Email Sender & Provider Coalition) on issues surrounding data privacy and email deliverability.
Matthew Stith, M3AAWG Vice Chair
Matthew Stith has been participating in the M3AAWG community since 2009. He currently co-chairs the M3AAWG Hosting Committee and has been contributing to the committee since its inception in 2013. Mr. Stith has been actively working to expand the presence of hosting companies in attendance at M3AAWG and has been developing best practices within the hosting industry to help these companies provide a safer and more secure environment for their customers. To this end, he serves as an ambassador for M3AAWG, attending conferences such as World Hosting Days, Hostingcon, and LACNIC/NOG. (See the videos Improving Your Business with the M3AAWG Anti-Abuse Cloud Service Providers Best Common Practices and How the M3AAWG Hosting SIG Can Help You: Fighting Spam, Phishing, Malware and Emerging Threats.)
Sam Silberman, M3AAWG Treasurer (Endurance International Group)
Sam Silberman has more than 25 years of experience in email software development, combating spam, and improving email delivery through industry policy and technical solutions. His current activities involve research in blocking bad actors from using internet services and supporting the latest efforts to create standards and best practices to combat such abuse. Mr. Silberman joined M3AAWG in 2005 as a founding member, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2011 and was elected Treasurer 2014.
Michael O’Reirdan, M3AAWG Chairman Emeritus
Michael O’Reirdan is Chairman Emeritus after serving five terms as chairman of the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group, the industry’s largest global trade association working against messaging bots, spam, viruses, denial-of-service attacks and other online exploitation. Previously, he was key in developing the organization’s Internet Service Providers Closed Colloquium, a M3AAWG committee of international network operators. Professionally, Mr. O’Reirdan served as a Comcast Engineering Fellow with over 20 years of experience in the ISP field and with public facing messaging platforms. He chaired the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s CSRIC III Working Group #7 that produced the first U.S. voluntary industry code to help reduce end-user bots (ABCs for ISPs), has served on executive advisory boards for several major computer vendors, and is active in other industry organizations. (Also see the videos Why the Industry Needs the ABCs for ISPs and Quantifying Consumer Bot Infections:The M3AAWG Bot Metrics Report.)
Chris Roosenraad, Chairperson Emeritus
After serving three terms as M3AAWG Chairperson, Chris Roosenraad maintains an active role in the organization as Chairperson Emeritus. He has also served multiple terms as vice chairman, chair of the program committee, chair of the technical committee, and chair of the public policy committee. Mr. Roosenraad is currently a director at NeuStar, running the UltraDNS product line. Mr. Roosenraad has over 18 years of ISP experience having worked for carriers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has been involved in various computer vendor advisory boards and is active in other industry organizations. (See the video Learning from the Past to Protect the Future where he talks about the internet of things, self-driving cars and other emerging topics.)
The M3AAWG Senior Technical Advisors also assist the committees in their work and share their expertise at M3AAWG meetings.
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