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Rocky Mountain 2015

Denver, CO | Mon, Jun 22 - Sat, Jun 27, 2015

Debunking the Complex Password Myth

  • Keith Palmgren
  • Wednesday, June 24th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm

Perhaps the worst advice you can give a user is "choose a complex password." The result is the impossible-to-remember password requiring the infamous sticky note on the monitor. In addition, that password gets used at a dozen sites at home, AND the very same password gets used at work. The final result ends up being the devastating password compromise. In this one-hour talk, we will look at the technical and non-technical (human nature) issues behind passwords. Attendees will gain a more complete understanding of passwords and receive solid advice on creating more easily remembered AND significantly stronger passwords at work and at home, for their users, for themselves and even for their children.

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, June 22
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Mike Poor Monday, June 22nd, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
Who's Watching the Watchers? Mike Poor Monday, June 22nd, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Tuesday, June 23
Session Speaker Time Type
Instant Layered Security For Your Cloud Servers Amir Rehman, Cloud Security Evangelist Tuesday, June 23rd, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
SANS Technology Institute Lunch & Learn Matthew Scott, Director, Institutional Effectiveness; School Certifying Official (SCO) Tuesday, June 23rd, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Jailbreak / Root Workshop for Mobile Devices Chris Crowley Tuesday, June 23rd, 5:30pm - 7:00pm SANS@Night
Why Our Defenses Are Failing Us. One Click Is All It Takes... Bryce Galbraith Tuesday, June 23rd, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Wednesday, June 24
Session Speaker Time Type
Prevent - Detect - Respond Will Tipton, Security Engineer, Infogressive Wednesday, June 24th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
The 13 Absolute Truths of Security Keith Palmgren Wednesday, June 24th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Security Dashboards - Metrics That Help You Manage Risk Dean Sapp - Master's Degree Candidate Wednesday, June 24th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm Master's Degree Presentation
Debunking the Complex Password Myth Keith Palmgren Wednesday, June 24th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night