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What the US government breach tells us about the state of security

  • Friday, June 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT (2015-06-26 19:00:00 UTC)
  • Johannes Ullrich, PhD


  • Veracode

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The Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Interior announced that hackers have stolen personal information from nearly 4 million current and former employees. Although the focus in the media has been on where the breach originated, this is a distraction from the central issue facing our government agencies and enterprises that detection systems are only effective where there are processes or people to respond to the alarm. We have an over reliance on detection to protect our data, when what is really needed is prevention. Additionally, the focus on who perpetrated the breach distracts us from the more productive questions of how and why.

During this webinar we will examine the how and why of the breach and discuss the need for protection. We will also share analytics from Veracodes cloud-based platform regarding the state of software security at government agencies.

Speaker Bio

Johannes Ullrich, PhD

As chief research officer for the SANS Institute, Johannes is currently responsible for the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) and the GIAC Gold program. He founded in 2000, which is now the data collection engine behind the ISC. His work with the ISC has been widely recognized, and in 2004, Network World named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the networking industry. Prior to working for SANS, Johannes worked as a lead support engineer for a Web development company and as a research physicist. Johannes holds a PhD in Physics from SUNY Albany and is located in Jacksonville, Florida. He also enjoys blogging about application security tips.

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