Heather Adkins is a 15-year Google veteran and founding member of the Google Security Team. As director of Information Security, she has built a global team responsible for maintaining the safety and security of Google's networks, systems and applications. The Google Security Team, now numbering in the hundreds, is involved in every facet of the business, including launching new products, mergers and acquisitions, building security infrastructure, responding to security threats, and evangelism. She has an extensive background in systems and network administration with an emphasis on practical security, and has worked to build and secure some of the world's largest infrastructure for web information systems. She now focuses her time primarily on the defense of Google's computing infrastructure and working with both the Google Incident Response Team and outside entities to tackle some of the industry's greatest security challenges.