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Game Changing Defensive Strategies for 2019

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST (2019-01-30 18:00:00 UTC)
  • Alissa Torres, Dr. Abdul Rahman, Tom Clare


  • Fidelis Cybersecurity

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Amidst the countless new year predictions flooding the internet, one thing's for certain: 2019 is shaping up to be the year of cloud adoption. Analysts are expecting that enterprise adoption of cloud will ramp up significantly, but with this migration and the continued adoption of mobile and IoT technologies, the attack surface is changing dramatically and this has major implications for security.

Fundamentally, security boundaries extend from on premises infrastructure to cloud service provider environments where perimeters no longer exist. Organizations cannot defend themselves with the same strategies and tactics that applied when it did. In this brave new world of cloud, IoT and mobile technology, organizations must be agile and shift, extend, and evolve their perimeter-based defense practices to those that are more robust. Further, a comprehensive defense in depth approach enables defense of high value assets amidst a more unpredictable cyber security landscape that cannot be defined by old boundaries.

Join SANS Instructor, Alissa Torres, along with Fidelis Chief Scientist, Dr. Abdul Rahman and Fidelis Cyber Security expert, Tom Clare, for a live webinar in which they will be discussing how organizations can evolve their risk management programs to extend beyond the perimeter. Learn the fundamentals of a defensible security architecture that is strong enough to defend organizations from the threats of today, and prepare for threats of tomorrow.

Panelists will discuss: 

1.   How organizations can identify the assets that need protecting using the SANS Top 20 CIS Controls to understand your asset inventory

2.   How to get a clear understanding of your own terrain by correlating endpoint and network sensors to gain a reliable asset DB that describes the cyber terrain of an enterprise

3.   How to best identify your exploitable locations by Intersecting common vulnerability and exploit (CVE) data with the Asset DB to determine the hosts that have vulnerabilities. 

4.   Best practice for protecting your most valuable data by Identifying the hosts that are likely to be used for lateral movement as well as using updated signatures/rules and leveraging visibility to protect the hosts that are critical to business operations.

5.   Next steps Improving your defensive postures and using decoys to confuse adversarial recon.

Speaker Bios

Alissa Torres

Alissa Torres is a SANS analyst and certified SANS instructor specializing in advanced computer forensics and incident response (IR). She has extensive experience in information security in the government, academic and corporate environments. Alissa has served as an incident handler and as a digital forensic investigator on an internal security team. She has taught at the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA), delivering IR and network basics to security professionals entering the forensics community. A GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), Alissa holds the GCFE, GPEN, CISSP, EnCE, CFCE, MCT and CTT+ certifications.

Dr. Abdul Rahman

Dr. Rahman is the Chief Scientist at Fidelis and has been designing, deploying, and supporting big data cyber defense platforms for large customers over the last 10 years. Prior to Fidelis, Abdul worked as a contractor for the US Government and has also held senior leadership roles in his previous companies. He is currently on the Soteria Group LLC Board of Advisors. Key areas of speciality include the development of analytic capabilities to process petabytes of data for supervised and semi-supervised learning algorithms for pattern matching, correlation, and anomaly detection to support cyber security use cases using mathematical techniques and data science

Tom Clare

Tom Clare is a seasoned product and corporate marketing executive with more than 20 years of information security industry experience. He joined Fidelis Cybersecurity after start-up efforts in user behavior analytics and managed detection and response services. Previously, he held senior marketing management positions with web, email, data security leader Websense (now Forcepoint) and web security vendor Blue Coat Systems (now Symantec). Earlier in his career he worked in product marketing and management roles at Check Point Software Technologies and McAfee when both companies experienced high growth phases. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Math from Central Michigan University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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