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Don’t Patch - Transformative Security Programs go Beyond the Vulnerability

  • Friday, December 20, 2019 at 10:30 AM EST (2019-12-20 15:30:00 UTC)
  • Matthew Toussain

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How do you find vulnerabilities? For most, the process starts and stops with a scanner, then we work through the High and Critical findings, rinse and repeat. What if I told you attackers dont care about those vulnerabilities? Imagine a world where we unlocked omniscience. A world where we knew exactly which one of those critical flaws an attacker would use. In this world should we bother to patch the others, and if we did, would it make a difference? That hypothetical world is here and were living it every day.

Vulnerabilities are not limited to software bugs and most risks are built-in features. Lets dive into a seven phase Vulnerability Assessment Methodology that ends with a true identification of organizational risk that goes far beyond the CVSS score.

Speaker Bio

Matthew Toussain

Matthew Toussain is an active-duty Air Force officer and the founder of Spectrum Information Security, a firm focused on maximizing the value proposition of information security programs. As an avid information security researcher, Matthew regularly hunts for vulnerabilities in computer systems and releases tools to demonstrate the effectiveness of attacks and countermeasures. He has been a guest speaker at many conference venues, including DEFCON, the largest security conference in the world. 

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he architected and instructed the summer cyber course that now trains over 400 cadets per year, Matthew served as the Senior Cyber Tactics Development Lead for the U.S. Air Force. He directed the teams responsible for developing innovative tactics, techniques, and procedures for offensive operations as well as for cyber protection teams (CPT). Later, as a member of the 688th Cyber Warfare Wing he managed the Air Force's transition of all 18 CPTs to fully operational capability. As a founding member of Spectrum, Matthew regularly performs a wide variety of information security services. He earned his master's degree in information security engineering as one of the first graduates of the SANS Technology Institute and supports many national and international cyber competitions including the CCDC, Netwars, and the National Security Agency's Cyber Defense Exercise as a red team member and instructor.

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