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Mr Troy

Microsoft Regional Director, MVP & Founder of Have I Been Pwned


Troy Hunt started building web software in '95 where he had various roles in Australia and the UK. In 2001, Troy went to Pfizer in Sydney and spent the next 14 years until his departure in 2015 building and managing software in the world's largest healthcare company. He worked first as a software developer and then as an Architect responsible for software delivery across Asia Pacific. This ranged from systems to manage clinical trials, report on patient adverse events and optimise sales force operations.

Since 2015, Troy’s focus has been primarily on information security. As an independent, he has published dozens of courses on Pluralsight, written many more for other tech companies, run over 100 workshops around the world for banks, governments and e-commerce companies and spoken at and keynoted at just as many global conferences.
In 2013, Troy founded the data breach search and notification service, Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). The project has grown to encompass hundreds of data breaches spanning many billions of records and is used daily by hundreds of thousands of people. The Pwned Passwords service alone is used more than 2 billion times every month in an effort to help block known compromised passwords from being reused. Today, dozens of national governments rely on the service to provide them with insights into the impact of data breaches on their departments. HIBP has become an essential service that has helped shape the internet as we know it.

Both through his involvement with HIBP and as a speaker and trainer, Troy regularly engages with governments and law enforcement agencies globally. The FBI and NCA regularly provide HIBP with compromised passwords identified during their investigations. Troy speaks at many internal cybersecurity events for law enforcement agencies. He has testified before US Congress on Identity Verification in a Post-Breach World. HIBP is regularly referenced and recommended by national cyber security centres around the world.

Troy enjoys discussing cybersecurity with the media and regularly appears in print, online broadcasts and national television programs. Over the years, his efforts in infosec and particularly the work he has done on HIBP have appeared everywhere, from CNN to the BBC to TIME to WIRED and just about every major publication imaginable..
Troy holds two Microsoft titles, both honorary in nature. Since 2011, he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), specialising in developer security and technologies. Since 2016, he has also been a Microsoft Regional Director (RD), a titled awarded to "the world's top technology visionaries for their proven cross-platform technical expertise, community leadership, and commitment to business results".

Since 2020, Troy has served as a Strategic Advisor for NordVPN and sat on 1Password's Board of Advisors.

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