SANS Launches New Monthly Webcast Series That Breaks Down the Latest Cyber Threats

SANS Threat Analysis Rundown (STAR) Arms Security Professionals with Insight from Top Analysts

Bethesda, Md. – SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, today announced SANS Threat Analysis Rundown (STAR), an all-new, free webcast series that delivers inside scoop on the latest cyber threats. Hosted by SANS Instructor Katie Nickels (@likethecoins), the series features a variety of experts from the cyber security community who will give their unique perspectives on the threat landscape. STAR was created to provide actionable information about current threats so that security professionals can better protect their organization.

The March webcast, xHunt — An Anime Fan's Attack Campaign in the Middle East, will feature a discussion with two members of Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 team, Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst Brittany Barbehenn and Threat Researcher Robert Falcone. It will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at 10:30 AM EDT. This presentation will discuss an attack campaign targeting transportation and shipping organizations based in Kuwait and another campaign targeting government organizations within the country. Both attacks involved previously unknown tools the developer named after characters of a popular anime series. Barbehenn and Falcone will explore the pivots they made while researching these attacks, as well as the tools and TTPs used by the actors in this campaign and throughout 2019.

“Every day, threat analysts around the world track adversaries and try to action that information so they can help their organizations better protect their networks. We started STAR to help security professionals get actionable insights about the latest threats from the people who track them every day,” says Nickels. “We’re going to approach threats from all angles, whether it’s examining a group, malware, industry, or approach. Every month will feel a little different, but our goal is to give listeners actionable insights they can take back to their teams to improve defenses.”

The STAR webcast series will cover prominent real-world threats and relevant topics each month. Speakers will provide listeners actionable takeaways to help the community detect and mitigate threats. All webcasts, including the inaugural webcast, Cyber Threats to the Electric Industry, will be archived and available for future review.

To learn more about the STAR webcast series, including log-in details to upcoming events and archived STAR webcasts visit:

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (