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Pen Test Austin 2015

Austin, TX | Mon, May 18 - Sat, May 23, 2015

Why Our Defenses Are Failing Us. One Click Is All It Takes...

  • Bryce Galbraith
  • Monday, May 18th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Organizations are spending unprecedented amounts of money in an attempt to defend their assets...yet all too often, one click is all it takes for everything to come toppling down around them. Every day we read in the news about national secrets, intellectual property, financial records, and personal details being exfiltrated from the largest organizations on earth. How is this being done? How are adversaries bypassing our defenses (e.g. strong passwords, non-privileged accounts, anti-virus, firewalls/proxies, IDS/IPS, logging, etc.)? And most importantly, what can we do about it? A keen understanding of the true risks we face in today's threatscape is paramount to keeping your ones and zeros where they belong...

This presentation will walk through an example spear-phishing campaign to demonstrate:

  • How attackers perform recon on key individuals in target organizations (e.g. admins, executives, engineers, help desk personnel, etc.)
  • How attackers craft and deliver payloads that bypass most detection mechanisms
  • How attackers elevate privileges to super-user levels - even on fully-patched systems
  • How attackers bypass strong passwords, smart cards, multi-factor, bio-metrics, and virtually all forms of strong authentication
  • How attackers move adroitly throughout the environment in search of their "prize" with minimal footprint or artifacts
  • How attackers exfiltrate secrets from the organization undetected

Many organizations are busy being busy, managing all kinds of projects and initiatives. They have the right products. They have more logs than they know what to do with. Yet the uncomfortable question persists, "Is it working?" If one click by a user is all it takes, we need to re-evaluate...

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.
  • Vendor: Events hosted by external vendor exhibitors.
  • Lunch & Learn: Short presentations given during the lunch break.
Monday, May 18
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session- Welcome to SANS Ed Skoudis Monday, May 18th, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
The Effectiveness of Microsoft's EMET Stephen Sims Monday, May 18th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Why Our Defenses Are Failing Us. One Click Is All It Takes... Bryce Galbraith Monday, May 18th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Wednesday, May 20
Session Speaker Time Type
Vendor Solutions Expo Wednesday, May 20th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm Vendor Event
Prevent - Detect - Respond Wednesday, May 20th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Continuous Ownage: Why you Need Continuous Monitoring Seth Misenar Wednesday, May 20th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Lockpicking 101 jgor & a13k Wednesday, May 20th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Special Events