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Cyber Defense San Diego 2015

San Diego, CA | Mon, Oct 19 - Sat, Oct 24, 2015
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  • Dr. Eric Cole
  • Monday, October 19th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm

Cyber security breaches have become a norm and people are no longer surprised when they hear about them on the news, but WHY? Organizations continue to spend a significant amount of money and buy lots of product, however it seems to make little, if any, difference, but WHY? Despite the fact that people are talking more about security and are more aware of the threats, there is little impact on security, but WHY? Startups are creating new technologies, venture capitalist firms continue to dump significant money into this area, and attacks continue, but WHY? In this solution-based talk, Dr. Cole, a world-renowned security expert, will get to the heart of the problem and address WHY the current approach to security is not working. Once the problem is dissected, systematic, provable methods for properly addressing security will be provided. This talk will provide an actionable roadmap to help prepare the next generation of Cyber Defenders to tackle the problems that need to be addressed.

Based on experience gained from responding to many high-profile incidents and engaging with many customers, Dr. Cole will cover solutions that Cyber Defenders can use to increase their security and gain better visibility into what is happening within their organization. Topics include crypto-free zones, outbound proxies, network segmentation, and defending a compromised network. If your organization has not detected an attack in the last six months you need to attend this talk. In most cases if you have not detected an attack it is not because it is not happening, but because you are not looking in the right area. This talk will change your vantage point to better understand how to prevent, detect, and respond to advanced attacks. Are you ready to become a Cyber Defender? Are you ready to take a proactive stance against the adversary? Are you ready to take the Dr. Cole Challenge?

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, October 19
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Dr. Eric Cole Monday, October 19th, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
WHY? Dr. Eric Cole Monday, October 19th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Tuesday, October 20
Session Speaker Time Type
SANS Technology Institute Lunch and Learn Tuesday, October 20th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Who's Watching the Watchers? Mike Poor Tuesday, October 20th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
SOC and Continuous Monitoring Seth Misenar and Eric Conrad Tuesday, October 20th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Wednesday, October 21
Session Speaker Time Type
#SecurityisaMyth Jeff Guilfoyle, Principal SE, Symantec Managed Security Services Wednesday, October 21st, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Offensive Countermeasures, Active Defenses, and Internet Tough Guys John Strand Wednesday, October 21st, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Advanced Persistent Threats and You: What You Need to Know BJ Gleason Wednesday, October 21st, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Man-in-the-Browser Attacks Chris Cain - Master's Degree Candidate Wednesday, October 21st, 8:15pm - 8:55pm Master's Degree Presentation
Thursday, October 22
Session Speaker Time Type
Cyber Defense Challenge - 1st Round Dr. Eric Cole, Paul Henry, Eric Conrad, Mike Poor Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30pm - 9:00pm Special Events
Friday, October 23
Session Speaker Time Type
Cyber Defense Challenge - Battle Royale Dr. Eric Cole, Paul Henry, Eric Conrad, Mike Poor Friday, October 23rd, 6:30pm - 9:00pm Special Events