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TAO Chief

Phone: (301) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.gov
Local Address:  Fort George G Meade , Maryland , United States
National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road STE 6248
Ft. Meade , Maryland 20755
United States

Company Description: NSA employs the U.S.'s premier codemakers and codebreakers. It is said to be the largest employer of mathematicians in the United States and perhaps the world. Its...   more

Employment History

  • Tailored Access Operations Head
    National Security Agency
  • Deputy Director, Information Assurance Directorate
    National Security Agency
  • Chief of the Tailored Access Operations
  • Head of the Tailored Access Operations-the Government's Top Hacking Team
  • Head of Tailored Access Operations
  • Tailored Access Operations Chief
    National Security Agency (NSA)


  • Bachelors Degree , Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Clarkson University
  • Masters Degree , Electrical Engineering
    Johns Hopkins University
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In a talk at the Usenix ..., 7 Feb 2016 [cached]
In a talk at the Usenix Enigma conference last week, Rob Joyce, chief of the National Security Agency's Tailored Access Operations, applauded the increasing use of automated patching in software as a way to help protect users from attack.
NSA's TAO chief Rob Joyce ..., 31 Jan 2016 [cached]
NSA's TAO chief Rob Joyce has announced at a security conference in San Francisco that the government does not need to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities to wage attacks. Other methods which are simpler and require persistence are more powerful tools for ...
Data Sheet-Saturday, January 30, 2016 Fortune - ‎14 hours ago‎ The Tao of NSA. When Rob Joyce, head of the National Security Agency's top hacking outfit, made an appearance at the brand new Usenix Enigma security conference in San Francisco this week, he didn't strike the casual onlooker as an alpha predator.
In an appearance earlier this week at the Usenix Enigma security conference in San Francisco, the National Security Agency's top hacker, Rob Joyce, downplayed the significance of zero-day exploits while noting that there are "many more vectors" that ...
Top NSA Hacker Explains How to Defend Yourself Against the NSA Breitbart News - ‎12 hours ago‎ A fascinating article at the UK Register offers advice from Rob Joyce, the head of the National Security Agency's Tailored Access Operations unit - in other words, the NSA's chief hacker - on how to protect your network from intruders… such as, oh ...
NSA official blows the lid off the stunning truth on how the agency hacks Morning Ticker - ‎6 hours ago‎ A top official at the National Security Agency has some very important insights on how the agency hacks - and what you can do to give them problems. Rob Joyce is chief of the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) cell, a very secret division that has ...
NSA hacker says zero-day exploits are overrated Modern Readers - ‎7 hours ago‎ NSA hacker says zero-day exploits are overrated National Security Agency Tailored Access Operations head Rob Joyce had some interesting insights at the USENIX Enigma 2016 expo in San Francisco earlier in the week.
Rob Joyce, the NSA's chief of tailored access operations provided tips for defending against outsiders who have unlimited resources - and, more importantly, an inexhaustible amount of focus. by Sean Sposito, San Francisco Chronicle / January 29, 2016.
Rob Joyce of the NSA speaks during the Enigma conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. Rob Joyce of the NSA speaks during the Enigma conference in San... When the National Security Agency hacks into a computer network, ...
Rob Joyce runs the NSA's Tailored Access Operations group, the spies who figure out how to hack systems, publishing a spook's version of the Skymall catalog, filled with software and hardware that other spies can order for use.
IFIP 2012, 20 Mar 2012 [cached]
Robert Joyce, Deputy Director, Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland, USA
Caption: Rob Joyce, chief of ..., 28 Jan 2016 [cached]
Caption: Rob Joyce, chief of the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO).
Rob Joyce, the nation's hacker-in-chief, took up the ironic task of telling a roomful of computer security professionals and academics how to keep people like him and his elite corps out of their systems.
Rob Joyce, chief of the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO). Rob Joyce, chief of the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO).
Joyce is head of the NSA's Tailored Access Operations-the government's top hacking team who are responsible for breaking into the systems of its foreign adversaries, and occasionally its allies. He's been with the NSA for more than 25 years but only became head of the TAO division in April 2013, just weeks before the first leaks from Edward Snowden were published by the Guardian and Washington Post.
Joyce acknowledged that it was "very strange" for someone in his position to stand onstage before an audience.
Joyce himself did little to shine a light on the TAO's classified operations. His talk was mostly a compendium of best security practices. But he did drop a few of the not-so-secret secrets of the NSA's success, with many people responding to his comments on Twitter.
Rob Joyce (TAO, NSA) just said Steam games are a security threat #enigma2016
In general, Joyce noted, spies have little trouble getting into your network because they know better than you what's on it.
"We put the time in know [that network] better than the people who designed it and the people who are securing it," he said.
"It's amazing the amount of lawyers that DHS, FBI and NSA have," Joyce said.
"Over time there will be that interaction and that ability," Joyce replied.
Joyce asked. "Who's gonna [photograph] the QR code from the NSA guy?"
QR codes are one way hackers attack systems by sending their browser to a malicious web site where malware is downloaded to it. Joyce, however, said his QR code was on the up-and-up and would take visitors to a legitimate NSA web site for more information. "[T]hat is a real link," he said. "Trust me."
"Trust me, this QR code is not a a Rick Roll" -Rob Joyce, NSA
Rob Joyce
It was held by Rob Joyce, ... [cached]
It was held by Rob Joyce, basically the number one hacker of the US. He is the head of NSA's Tailored Access Operations, or TAO.
Joyce said that Steam, the Internet-based digital distribution platform for games, is a huge security threat.
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