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Baltimore, MD | Mon, Apr 23 - Sat, Apr 28, 2018
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Building the Airplane in Mid-Flight: Bringing Cyber-Security Structure to Special Operations Units

  • Adam Baker- Master's Degree Candidate
  • Thursday, April 26th, 7:15pm - 7:55pm

While most military units are defined by a predictably rigid structure, special operations units are a notable exception. The dizzying array of data classifications, networks and relationships against a drumbeat of unceasing "no-fail" missions can be an overwhelming challenge for a newly-hired information security manager, tasked with securing it all. This paper captures the challenges and lessons learned through a series of interviews with the Information Systems Security Managers of the most elite US special operations units, providing a road map for success for any cyber security professional thrown into a similarly dynamic and high-functioning organization.

Speaker Bio: Adam Baker is an information security professional with 16 years of military and professional experience. He currently works as an Information Security Manager for a non-profit religious institution. Previously, he was an Information Systems Security Manager at a US Special Operations unit, and a US Army Special Forces soldier. Adam Baker is a candidate for the Master of Science degree in Information Security Engineering from the SANS Technology Institute. The SANS Technology Institute is the only graduate program that combines SANS technical training, recognized as the industry's best, with leadership and management curriculum specifically developed for the unique needs of aspiring leaders. Learn more at www.sans.edu.


Bonus Sessions

The following bonus sessions are open to all paid attendees at no additional cost. There are many different types of events that fall into these categories:

  • SANS@Night: Evening presentations given after day courses have ended. This category includes Keynotes.
  • Special Events: SANS-hosted events and other non-technical recreational offerings. This category includes, but is not limited to, Receptions and Information Tables.
  • Lunch & Learn: Short presentations given during the lunch break.
  • Master's Degree Presentation: Presentations given by SANS Technology Institute's Master's Degree candidates.
Monday, April 23
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Alissa Torres Monday, April 23rd, 8:00am - 8:30am Special Events
492063616E207374696C6C2073656520796F7521 Jonathan Ham Monday, April 23rd, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Wednesday, April 25
Session Speaker Time Type
Evolving Enterprise Defenses Grant Moerschel, Senior Director for Solutions Engineering Wednesday, April 25th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Cyber Risks to Critical Infrastructure Systems Mark Bristow Wednesday, April 25th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Cyber Defense Challenges from the Small and Medium Sized Business Perspective Aric Asti- Master's Degree Candidate Wednesday, April 25th, 8:15pm - 8:55pm Master's Degree Presentation
Thursday, April 26
Session Speaker Time Type
Learning From The Adversary: Automated Malware Analysis For The Win Dean Parsons Thursday, April 26th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Building the Airplane in Mid-Flight: Bringing Cyber-Security Structure to Special Operations Units Adam Baker- Master's Degree Candidate Thursday, April 26th, 7:15pm - 7:55pm Master's Degree Presentation
How Effective are Tools in Detecting the "Maleficent Seven" Privileges for the Windows Environment? Tobias Mccurry- Master's Degree Candidate Thursday, April 26th, 8:15pm - 8:55pm Master's Degree Presentation
Friday, April 27
Session Speaker Time Type
PCAP Next Generation: Is your Sniffer Up to Snuff? Scott Fether- Master's Degree Candidate Friday, April 27th, 7:15pm - 7:55pm Master's Degree Presentation
Discovering and Acquiring Virtualized Servers on vSphere and ESXi Scott Perry- Master's Degree Candidate Friday, April 27th, 8:15pm - 8:55pm Master's Degree Presentation