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Boston Spring 2018

Boston, MA | Sun, Mar 25 - Fri, Mar 30, 2018
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Welcome Threat Hunters, Phishermen, and Other Liars

  • Rob Lee
  • Sunday, March 25th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm

Over the past few years, a new term has continually popped up in the IT Security community called "Threat Hunting." While the term seems like it is a new thing, it is the reason all of us joined IT Security in the first place. We "Find Evil." While I was at Mandiant and in the US Air Force, "Finding Evil" was our tagline while we were on engagements.

The concept and root idea of Threat Hunting is nothing new. When I first started in IT Security back in the late 90s, my job was to find threats in the network. This led to automated defenses such as Intrusion Detection Systems, monitoring egress points, logging technology, and monitoring the defensive perimeter hoping nothing would get in. Today, while the community is trying to identify intrusions, threat hunting has evolved to be something a bit more than the loose definition of "Find Evil" primarily due to the massive amount of incident response data currently collected about our attackers. This data has evolved into Cyber Threat Intelligence.

It is hard to simply "Go Find Evil" but if armed with a bit of CTI in the mix -or essentially what you might be looking for, or what your adversaries are likely interested in, it makes the hunt more targeted. These indicators are used to great effect when used properly and proactively against a threat group. Threat hunting has improved the accuracy of threat detection due to the fact that we can focus our searching on the adversaries exploiting our networks - Humans hunting humans. Even with knowing where to look, tools are now being introduced to help make hunting more practical across an enterprise.

This talk was put together to outline what exactly "Threat Hunting" means and will step you through exactly what threat hunting is and how it works.


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.
Sunday, March 25
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Seth Misenar Sunday, March 25th, 8:00am - 8:30am Special Events
Welcome Threat Hunters, Phishermen, and Other Liars Rob Lee Sunday, March 25th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Monday, March 26
Session Speaker Time Type
Adversary Simulations - Taking Attack Models and Penetration Testing to the Next Level Jorge Orchilles Monday, March 26th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Tuesday, March 27
Session Speaker Time Type
Splunk 4 Security Brian Heffernan, CISSP, Splunk Pitmaster Tuesday, March 27th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Using the Attack & Defense Matrix Scorecard Mick Douglas Tuesday, March 27th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Wednesday, March 28
Session Speaker Time Type
Infosec Rock Star: Geek Will Only Get You So Far Ted Demopoulos Wednesday, March 28th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Thursday, March 29
Session Speaker Time Type
Evaluating Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 as an Endpoint Detection and Response Solution Sebastien Godin- Master's Degree Candidate Thursday, March 29th, 7:15pm - 8:00pm Master's Degree Presentation