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Malware Wants your Memory: Here's Why and How to Protect it

  • Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST (16:00:00 UTC)
  • Alissa Tores and Lance Spitzner
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Overview

Criminals are after valuable data in your computers physical memory. Credit card numbers, banking credentials, encryption keys, even your companys intellectual property can all be found in memory even if it is encrypted on your hard drive. What can we do to protect this information from theft? Alissa Torres, SANS lead author of FOR526 Memory Forensics In-Depth, reveals just what can be recovered from memory by todays malware and best practices for keeping the criminals at bay.

Speaker Bios

Alissa Torres

Alissa Torres is a certified SANS instructor specializing in advanced computer forensics and incident response. Her industry experience includes serving in the trenches as part of the Mandiant Computer Incident Response Team (MCIRT) as an incident handler and working on an internal security team as a digital forensic investigator. She has extensive experience in information security, spanning government, academic and corporate environments, and she holds a bachelor's degree from University of Virginia and a master's from University of Maryland in information technology. Alissa has served as an instructor at the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA), delivering incident response and network basics to security professionals entering the forensics community. In addition to being a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), she holds the GCFE, GPEN, CISSP, EnCE, CFCE, MCT and CTT+.


Lance Spitzner

Lance Spitzner, Director, SANS Securing The Human. Lance Spitzner has over 20 years of security experience in cyber threat research, awareness and training. He invented the concept of honeynets, founded the Honeynet Project and published three security books. Lance has worked and consulted in over 25 countries and helped over 350 organizations plan, maintain and measure their security awareness programs. In addition, Lance is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cyber Security Alliance, frequent presenter, serial tweeter (@lspitzner) and works on numerous community security projects. Before working in information security, Mr. Spitzner served as an armor officer in the Army's Rapid Deployment Force and earned his MBA from the University of Illinois.

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