Capital City 2013

Washington, DC | Tue, Sep 3 - Sun, Sep 8, 2013

How the West was Pwned

  • G. Mark Hardy
  • Thursday, September 5th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm

Can you hear it? The giant sucking sound to the East? With it are going more than just manufacturing jobs -- it's our manufacturing know-how, intellectual property, military secrets, and just about anything you can think of. If we're so technologically advanced, how are the People's Republic of China (PRC) and others able to continue to pull this off? Why do we keep getting pwned at our own game?

The Mandiant APT1 report released in February detailed research into People's Liberation Army (PLA) Unit 61398 and their significant penetration into western networks. It was followed quickly by a series of political and diplomatic statements denouncing China's actions, which China flatly denied. Where's the truth? We'll try to find it.

There has been much talk about "cyberwar," but there may not be a war. If a victor can extract tribute from the vanquished, war isn't necessary. Today, intellectual capital is a proxy for tribute. We'll look at some specifics, including documents that outline the plan of attack, details about what operations have been run against us, and progress in efforts to create an international legal framework for when the bits start flying.

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.
Tuesday, September 3
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Dr. Eric Cole Tuesday, September 3rd, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
Who's Watching the Watchers? Mike Poor Tuesday, September 3rd, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Wednesday, September 4
Session Speaker Time Type
A Beginner's Guide to Cryptography Through Python Kevin Fiscus Wednesday, September 4th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Thursday, September 5
Session Speaker Time Type
GIAC Program Overview Dr. Eric Cole Thursday, September 5th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Special Events
SANS Technology Institute Open House Dr. Eric Cole Thursday, September 5th, 12:30pm - 1:15pm Special Events
How the West was Pwned G. Mark Hardy Thursday, September 5th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night