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Using COIN doctrine to improve Cyber Defense

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 3:30 PM EST (2017-08-22 19:30:00 UTC)
  • Sebastien Godin

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In today's ever-evolving cyber environment, the "bad guys" seem to prosper, and the "good guys" cannot seem to find a solution to create a proper defensive posture. As the cyber environment becomes an integral part of society, it is imperative to find a way to increase the global defensive posture in the most efficient way possible. This paper will focus on possible security policies that are easy to implement, are proven, and have a significant impact on an enterprise's security practices and posture. The argument will use field data and firsthand combat experience. Working within the framework of the cyber environment as an insurgency, applying proven counterinsurgency policies, there can be a great increase in security and a more efficient cyber defender. The application of this solution gives the potential for the cyber defender to have a new set of tools for the cyber domain that are proven to be useful in the physical domain of a counterinsurgency.

Speaker Bio

Sebastien Godin

Sebastien graduated from the University of Montreal with a double major in mathematics and computer science. Since then he has been a telecommunications officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and has specialized in Cyber Defense for the last 6 years. During his time in the forces he went to Afghanistan to conduct COIN operations and has worked in the CAF's SOC. He will pull from both experiences for this talk. Sebastien is a candidate for the Master of Science degree in Information Security Engineering from the SANS Technology Institute.

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