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Minneapolis 2019

Minneapolis, MN | Mon, Aug 12 - Sat, Aug 17, 2019
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Boring Solutions

  • Matthew J. Harmon
  • Tuesday, August 13th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm

We spend much of our time adding glam and action around what should be utterly boring. We check (or uncheck) a box, update a True to False value in a .conf file - or maybe we'll slide a box into a slot next to all the others, and then soon after, try to wire it up like the diagram someone else made, that doesn't match the rainbow of cords in front of you. Alternatively, maybe you're wiping your hands of shared responsibility and rack space as you upload everything to someone else's computers around the world.

This talk is about you. "They" only need to find one weakness among thousands to exploit but we need to cover everything, "bake in security" from the beginning, and throw on multiple layers of magic math and known proper configuration settings just to process a credit card. Depending on who joins for the talk we'll address different approaches to systems design. Come explain your latest problem, and we'll brainstorm for a few minutes about a boring solution.

Speaker Bio: Matthew J. Harmon has over 20 years of experience in systems and network administration, incident analysis and response, forensic investigations, cyber intelligence, malware analysis, architecture engineering, security auditing, penetration testing, tactical risk assessments, executive advising, international standards development, teaching, and conference organizing.

Mr. Harmon enjoys taking complex and highly technical concepts and translating them and their importance so they can be understood, and applied, by everyone. He is a Principal Consultant for Minneapolis based consulting firm IT Risk Limited, a published security researcher, a serial entrepreneur and founder; as well as, an instructor for the SANS Institute and St. Paul College teaching hands-on offensive and defensive computer security.


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.
Monday, August 12
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Mick Douglas Monday, August 12th, 8:00am - 8:30am Special Events
Blockchain: Building Better Business Models Securely G. Mark Hardy Monday, August 12th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Tuesday, August 13
Session Speaker Time Type
Boring Solutions Matthew J. Harmon Tuesday, August 13th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Infosec Rock Star: Accelerate Your Career By Building FIVE Critical Professional Skills Ted Demopoulos Tuesday, August 13th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Wednesday, August 14
Session Speaker Time Type
Are You Certifiable? Ron Hamann Wednesday, August 14th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night