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Training Yourself in a Quarantined World

Dave and Ryan speak with John about resources for training yourself, and the challenges of setting up a large-scale cyber lab to simulate an advanced attack for their Splunk Boss of the SOC competition.


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Featured Guest Bio:

Dave Herrald is a technical information security professional with over 20 years of security and IT experience in the software, payments, online advertising, and broadcast media industries. He works as a Principal Security Strategist at Splunk, where he focuses on Splunk Boss of the SOC(BOTS), performs research into adversary simulation for blue teams, trains technical security teams worldwide, and helps Splunk customers defend their organizations. Dave has worked in various information security roles, including pre-sales engineer, strategic security consultant, penetration tester, hands-on security architect/engineer/analyst, and chief information security officer. Dave holds many security certifications, including GIAC Security Expert (GSE) #79.

Ryan Kovar, with over 20 years of experience cybering, has done everything from pulling miles of CAT5 cable on an aircraft carrier to learning that he didn't want to be a malware RE. Most recently, he worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on a team dedicated to detecting and mitigating advanced threats. Ryan then moved to Splunk as a Principal Security Strategist where he teaches hunting, attempts practical security research, and solves fun problems for folks around the world. Ryan loves Bernese mountain dogs and wire data, and despises printers.

Follow Dave Herrald on Twitter (@daveherrald) and LinkedIn (/in/daveherrald).
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