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Seattle 2012

Seattle, WA | Sun, Oct 14 - Fri, Oct 19, 2012
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Everything They Told Me About Security Was Wrong

  • John Strand
  • Sunday, October 14th, 7:15pm - 9:00pm

If you were to believe the vendors and the trade shows, you would think everything was "OK" with IT security. You would think AV works. You would think "plug and play" IDS was effective. You would think that Data Loss Prevention would prevent data loss. Why, then, is it that very large organizations are still getting compromised? Organizations with very large budgets and staff still get compromised in advanced and persistent ways. Something is very wrong in this industry.

Let's find out what is wrong and how we can fix it.

In this presentation we will cover many of the common misconceptions about computer security. A few misconceptions we will destroy with harsh words and live demos are:

  • AV will keep malware off my system
  • Firewalls will keep the attackers out
  • If my system is patched, I cannot be hacked
  • Apple computers are far safer than Windows
  • Linux is more secure than Windows
  • My users are dumb

In this presentation we will have multiple live demonstrations including: hacking a Mac, and hacking a Linux system and bypassing AV. However, the most important thing about this presentation is that we will cover how we need to change our defensive mindset.

After all, if information security was easy it would not take six days to cover the essentials.

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.
Sunday, October 14
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session: Welcome to SANS Jason Fossen Sunday, October 14th, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
Everything They Told Me About Security Was Wrong John Strand Sunday, October 14th, 7:15pm - 9:00pm Keynote
Monday, October 15
Session Speaker Time Type
Vendor Expo Monday, October 15th, 10:30am - 3:30pm Vendor Event
Vendor Lunch and Learn Monday, October 15th, 12:15pm - 1:30pm Vendor Event
Burppppp Chris Christianson Monday, October 15th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Assessing Deception Mike Murr Monday, October 15th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Tuesday, October 16
Session Speaker Time Type
SANS Technology Institute Open House Tanya Baccam Tuesday, October 16th, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
GIAC Program Overview Tuesday, October 16th, 7:15pm - 8:00pm Special Events
Wednesday, October 17
Session Speaker Time Type
COINS Reception Jason Fossen Wednesday, October 17th, 6:15pm - 7:15pm Reception
What's New in Windows 8 and Server 2012? Jason Fossen Wednesday, October 17th, 7:15pm - 8:45pm SANS@Night
Thursday, October 18
Session Speaker Time Type
SANS Technology Institute Master's Presentation Russ McRee Thursday, October 18th, 6:00pm - 6:40pm Special Events