SANS 2013

Orlando, FL | Fri, Mar 8 - Fri, Mar 15, 2013

Small Business: The New Target -- What Can They Do?

  • Robert L Comella
  • Sunday, March 10th, 8:45pm - 9:30pm

Small businesses account for more than half of the people employed in the private sector of the United States. According to Entrepreneur Magazine it may be as much as 80%. During the last 15 years, I had the opportunity to work with dozens of them. Traditionally, their information systems are less secure due to reduced awareness, staff, and capital. Unfortunately, no business is too small to experience incidents, and all it takes is one major one to put a small business out of business. What can these organizations do?

The simple answer is: A great deal. Sites who took a little time to harden their systems and review their policies saw reductions in costly downtime. Some reduced their downtime from one or two days per quarter to less than one day per year. The increase in productivity easily paid for the tools required to obtain it.

While it is possible to spend thousands of dollars on security, many solutions simply require some time to implement. Others require only small capital investments. This presentation is for those who wish to learn what they can do to protect their small business.

Bio:

Robert L. Comella is an IT consultant, project manager, trainer and speaker with expertise in open and closed sourced solutions. Robert‚s primary focus is information security. A master of science candidate at SANS Technology Institute, Robert has attained the following certifications: GSE: GIAC Security Expert; GIAC GCIH, GCUX, GCFA, as well as other GIAC certifications; and CISSP. Robert is a contributing writer and researcher of ‚Protecting Your Business from On-line Fraud‚, currently posted on the SANS website. Robert is also a SANS Mentor, exam question author, and advisory board member. In his professional career, Robert is a Software Installation Specialist at Workwise Inc. Workwise produces RBERP, a top of the line ERP manufacturing software package. Robert has worked with RBERP for fifteen years -- first as a customer, now as an employee where he installs the product. In addition, Robert is an expert in the Configureator, SSRS reporting, Security and many other aspects of the product. Robert also is an independent consultant and principal of Gremlins‚ Computer Solutions (GCS), located near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. GCS specializes in education, open source solutions and DIYguides. GCS has provided technical expertise to organizations small to large, admin to production. As a member of the Pittsburgh chapter of InfraGard, he maintains a relationship with local FBI cyber-crime experts.

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Sunday, March 10
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Dr. Eric Cole Sunday, March 10th, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
There's a reason they're called persistent. H. Michael Nichols, Technical Product Manager Sunday, March 10th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Dream Big Suliman Al-Mazroua Sunday, March 10th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Fortinet Next Generation Firewalls Infogressive Founder & CEO Justin Kallhoff Sunday, March 10th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
The Good, the Bad and the Broken Bill Olson, CISSP - Subject Matter Expert for VM Sunday, March 10th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Splunk Lunch & Learn Sunday, March 10th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Rapid7 Lunch & Learn Paul Chu Sunday, March 10th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
APT: It is Not Time to Pray, It is Time to Act Dr. Eric Cole Sunday, March 10th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Project Management Approach to Yearly PCI Compliance Validation Michael Hoehl Sunday, March 10th, 7:15pm - 7:55pm Special Events
Phish Stories: Technical Intervention when Humans Fail Rich Graves Sunday, March 10th, 8:00pm - 8:40pm Special Events
Small Business: The New Target -- What Can They Do? Robert L Comella Sunday, March 10th, 8:45pm - 9:30pm Special Events
Monday, March 11
Session Speaker Time Type
Vendor Solutions Expo Monday, March 11th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm Vendor Event
Vendor Solutions Expo Monday, March 11th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Vendor Event
Social Zombies: Rise of the Mobile Dead Kevin Johnson & Tom Eston Monday, March 11th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Knock-off Phone Forensics -Some Handsets Aren't What They Appear To Be Heather Mahalik Monday, March 11th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Please Keep Your Brain Juice Off My Enigma: a True Story Ed Skoudis & Josh Wright Monday, March 11th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Over-Zealous Social Media Investigations: Beware the Privacy Monster Ben Wright Monday, March 11th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Introduction to Windows Kernel Exploitation Stephen Sims Monday, March 11th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Tuesday, March 12
Session Speaker Time Type
How to Become a SANS Instructor Eric Conrad Tuesday, March 12th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Making the GRC Grade - How to Realize Continuous Compliance Wallace Sann, Director of Systems Engineering Tuesday, March 12th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
The Evolution of Vulnerability Management Jack Daniel, Product Manager Tuesday, March 12th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
The Windows Desktop: A Hacker‚s Best Friend? It Doesn‚t Have To Be. Derek Melber, Microsoft MVP Tuesday, March 12th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
APTs As a Threat Aaron Ansari, Director, Eastern US & Canada Tuesday, March 12th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Stop Spear-Phishing and Watering Hole Attacks Chadd Milton Tuesday, March 12th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch and Learn
Women in Technology Meet and Greet Karen Fioravanti Tuesday, March 12th, 5:30pm - 6:30pm Special Events
GIAC Program Overview Jeff Frisk, GIAC Program Director Tuesday, March 12th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm Special Events
Hacking Your Friends and Neighbors For Fun Joshua Wright Tuesday, March 12th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Panel - How Do We Secure The Human Panel Members Tuesday, March 12th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Securing the Kids Lance Spitzner and Rich Wistocki Tuesday, March 12th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
InfoSec in the Financial World: War Stories and Lessons Learned Bryan Simon Tuesday, March 12th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Open Mic Night Brought to you by SANS Online Training Tuesday, March 12th, 8:30pm - 10:30pm Special Events
Wednesday, March 13
Session Speaker Time Type
SANS Technology Institute Open House Ray Davidson Wednesday, March 13th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm Special Events
Who's Watching the Watchers? Mike Poor Wednesday, March 13th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Human Nature and Information Security: Irrational and Extraneous Factors That Matter Lenny Zeltser Wednesday, March 13th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Why Our Defenses Are Failing Us. One Click Is All It Takes... Bryce Galbraith Wednesday, March 13th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
You Can Panic Now. Host Protection is (Mostly) Dead. Rob Lee Wednesday, March 13th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
"Hall of Shame" Apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play Tom Eston Wednesday, March 13th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Thursday, March 14
Session Speaker Time Type
Tales from the Crypt: TrueCrypt Analysis Hal Pomeranz Thursday, March 14th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Finding Unknown Malware Alissa Torres Thursday, March 14th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Honeypots For Home Use James Leyte-Vidal Thursday, March 14th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Physical Repair of Mobile Devices - Practical Tips & Tricks For When Good Evidence Gets Broken Det. Cindy Murphy Thursday, March 14th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Hunting and Sniper Forensics Jason Lawrence Thursday, March 14th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night