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SANS NewsBites is a semiweekly high-level executive summary of the most important news articles that have been published on computer security during the last week. Each news item is very briefly summarized and includes a reference on the web for detailed information, if possible.

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Alan Paller is director of research at the SANS Institute.


Brian Honan is an independent security consultant based in Dublin, Ireland, and is also the founder and head of IRISSCERT, Ireland's first CERT. He is a Special Advisor to Europol's Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and sits on the advisory board for a number of innovative security companies. In 2013 Brian was awarded "SC Magazine Information Security Person of the Year" for his contribution to the computer security industry. Brian Honan was also inducted into the 2016 Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.


David Hoelzer is the director of research   principal examiner for Enclave Forensics and a senior fellow with the SANS Technology Institute.


Ed Skoudis is co-founder of Counter Hack, the nation's top producer of cyber ranges, simulations, and competitive challenges including NetWars and CyberCity, now used in organizations ranging from high schools to the US Army and Air Force. He is also author and lead instructor of the SANS Hacker Exploits and Incident Handling course, and the SANS Network Penetration Testing course.


Gal Shpantzer is a trusted advisor to CSOs of large corporations, technology startups, Ivy League universities and non-profits specializing in critical infrastructure protection. Gal created the Security Outliers project in 2009, focusing on the role of culture in risk management outcomes and contributes to the Infosec Burnout project.


Jake Williams is a SANS course author and the founder of Rendition Infosec, with experience securing DoD, healthcare, and ICS environments.


Dr. Johannes Ullrich is Chief Technology Officer of the Internet Storm Center and Dean of the Faculty of the graduate school at the SANS Technology Institute.


John Pescatore was Vice President at Gartner Inc. for almost fourteen years. He became a director of the SANS Institute in 2013. He has worked in computer and network security since 1978 including time at the NSA and the U.S. Secret Service.


Lee Neely is a Senior Cyber Analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and a SANS Analyst and Mentor. He has worked in computer security since 1989.


Mark Weatherford is Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at vArmour and the former Deputy Under Secretary of Cybersecurity at the US Department of Homeland Security.


Rob Lee is the SANS Institute's top forensics instructor and director of the digital forensics and incident response research and education program at SANS (computer-forensics.sans.org).


Shawn Henry is president of CrowdStrike Services. He retired as FBI Executive Assistant Director responsible for all criminal and cyber programs and investigations worldwide, as well as international operations and the FBI's critical incident response.


Stephen Northcutt teaches advanced courses in cyber security management; he founded the GIAC certification and was the founding President of STI, the premier skills-based cyber security graduate school, www.sans.edu.


Suzanne Vautrinot was Commander of the 24th Air Force (AF Cyber) and now sits on the board of directors of Wells Fargo and several other major organizations.


Tom Liston is member of the Cyber Network Defense team at UAE-based Dark Matter. He is a Handler for the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center and co-author of the book Counter Hack Reloaded.


In his ninth decade and with more than sixty years in information technology, William Hugh Murray has retired from service with IBM, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, The Naval Postgraduate School, TruSecure, Cybertrust, and Verizon.