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The Algorithm of You: Defeating Attackers by Being Yourself

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 3:30 PM EDT (2018-10-18 19:30:00 UTC)
  • Neil Costigan, Matt Bromiley


  • BehavioSec

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Let's face it. Tried-and-true defense mechanisms--tokens, one-time passwords and even fingerprint readers--are not adequately protecting our devices, data and networks. What can provide this protection?

In this webcast, SANS author and DFIR expert Matt Bromiley will look at a relatively new method, behavioral biometrics, as implemented in a product from BehavioSec. Matt has put BehavioSec's product through the paces, and he will share his own experience of using it to identify bad actors, as well as walk attendees through case studies using behavioral biometrics.

The webcast will also explore:

  • What is behavioral biometrics and how does it work?
  • What role will behavioral information play in authentication?
  • Does the new approach satisfy increasingly stringent compliance requirements?

Register now and be among the first to receive the associated whitepaper written by Matt Bromiley.

Speaker Bios

Matt Bromiley

Matt Bromiley is a SANS digital forensics and incident response (IR) instructor, teaching FOR508 Advanced Incident Response, Threat Hunting, and Digital Forensics and SANS FOR572 Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response. He is also an IR consultant at a global IR and forensic analysis company, combining experience in digital forensics, log analytics, and incident response and management. His skills include disk, database, memory and network forensics; incident management; threat intelligence and network security monitoring. Matt has worked with organizations of all shapes and sizes, from multinational conglomerates to small, regional shops. He is passionate about learning, teaching and working on open source tools.

Neil Costigan

As CEO of BehavioSec (, Neil Costigan leads the company’s work delivering innovative behavioral biometric technology, protecting consumer transactions, payments and financial firms from fraud and theft. He has more than 25 years’ of entrepreneurial and technical leadership experience in venture-backed startups, and global technology corporations spanning the U.S. and EU. 

A cryptographer by training, his career expanded to include software development, executive leadership and entrepreneurship. Prior to BehavioSec, Neil was VP for R&D at smart card manufacturer Gemplus (now Gemalto) in Aix-en-Provence, France, and co-founder/CTO at PKI specialists Celo Communications (Celo). 

Neil holds a PhD (2009) for his thesis on Elliptic Curve Cryptography on Modern Processor Architectures and has developed a number of commercial security applications. 

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