Adam Baldwin is a security focused professional with over 25 years of experience. Adam has spent his career building companies, breaking into companies, managing teams, designing products, and talking about security non-stop.

Previously Adam was VP of security at npm, acquired by GitHub in 2020.

Before that he founded ^Lift Security, a successful application security and penetration testing service company, and the Node Security Project, an initiative to track vulnerabilities and make security a core value in the JavaScript ecosystem. The project evolved into a SaaS platform at the forefront of the DevSecOps movement. Both were acquired by npm, Inc. in early 2018.

Career and Mentorship

Read about the start of my career and why I think mentorship is so important.

Other Fun Facts

  • 2x DEFCON Black Badge holder. DC18, DC20 (team psychoholics)
  • Won TeleChallenge phreaking contest at DEFCON 28 (team psychoholics)



  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) - Mar 2008
  • CompTIA Security+ - Feb 2003


  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) - Aug 2003 - Aug 2009
  • Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP) - Jan 2005 - Aug 2009
  • GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA) - May 2005 - May 2009
  • Symantec Certified Security Practitioner - Feb 2004 - Feb 2007
  • Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) - Jul 2002 - Jun 2005
  • ImageStream Certified Network Operator - May 2009 - May 2012