CyberCon 2012

Online | Mon, Oct 8 - Sat, Oct 13, 2012

Everything They Told Me About Security Was Wrong

  • John Strand

If you were to believe the vendors and the trade shows, you would think everything was "OK" with IT security. You would think AV works. You would think "plug and play" IDS was effective. You would think that Data Loss Prevention would prevent data loss. Why, then, is it that very large organizations are still getting compromised? Organizations with very large budgets and staff still get compromised in advanced and persistent ways. Something is very wrong in this industry.

Let's find out what is wrong and how we can fix it.

In this presentation we will cover many of the common misconceptions about computer security. A few misconceptions we will destroy with harsh words and live demos are:

  • AV will keep malware off my system
  • Firewalls will keep the attackers out
  • If my system is patched, I cannot be hacked
  • Apple computers are far safer than Windows
  • Linux is more secure than Windows
  • My users are dumb

In this presentation we will have multiple live demonstrations including: hacking a Mac, and hacking a Linux system and bypassing AV. However, the most important thing about this presentation is that we will cover how we need to change our defensive mindset.

After all, if information security was easy it would not take six days to cover the essentials.

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.
Additional Sessions
Session Speaker Type
Everything They Told Me About Security Was Wrong John Strand SANS@Night
Ninja Assessments: Stealth Security Testing for Organizations Kevin Johnson SANS@Night
Monday, October 8
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Dr. Eric Cole Monday, October 8th, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events