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Cryptojacking - What is it? Where is it? How to protect against it?

  • Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT (17:00:00 UTC)
  • Brian McMahon and Brandon Helms
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Overview

With the recent rise of cryptocurrency you can bet that malicious actors have found a way to exploit it for their gain. The minimal regulation and architecture built on true anonymity is a breeding ground for malicious actors. In modern ransomware campaigns, cryptocurrency has been used to broken currency exchange to unlock files. So the use of cryptocurrency is nothing new, but cryptojacking, thats new. Cryptojacking is the process of loading malicious code onto endpoints and jacking their compute power to mine for cryptocurrency, in turn, generating revenue for the malicious actors with nobody being the wiser. Join us to discuss the challenges around detecting cryptojacking, and some recent campaigns and how to defend your networks against them.

Speaker Bios

Brian McMahon

Brian McMahon is a Technical Marketing Engineer in Cisco's Security Business Group, working on Advanced Threat Solutions, with over twenty years of experience in various aspects of information security and network protection. His current work includes Advanced Malware Protection for endpoints, integrations, and threat response. His first incident response was on a VAXcluster in the early '90s.


Brandon Helms

Brandon Helms has dedicated most of his career to leading some of the most advanced cyber operations for both the DoD and private sector. Brandon was a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy where he ran IT and security operations for submarines and then transitioned into a technical director at the NSA. After his military career, Brandon entered the private sector as a Business Information Security Officer supporting numerous Nation States and Fortune 100 companies. Today, he focuses most of his efforts on building security solution and training the next generation of security professionals.

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