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The Human Factor in the Age of Cyber Conflict

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT (2016-10-27 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Sean Brady, Lance Spitzner


  • Arbor Networks

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Persistent attackers have a constant stream of new tools, tactics and practices to evaluate as offensive weapons. This forces defenders to assess each as well, in an ever-escalating arms race.

This has caused an over-dependence on technology and an under-appreciation of the human nature and behavior of adversaries. The desire for waves of more data to assess is, in fact, boggling minds and breaking team and process effectiveness.

As human defenders realize this, they shift strategies to focus on fundamentals that uncover truly meaningful threats, and force multipliers that dramatically accelerate analysts threat investigation and disruption methods.

Speaker Bios

Lance Spitzner

Lance Spitzner has over 20 years of security experience in cyber threat research, awareness and training. He invented the concept of honeynets, founded the Honeynet Project and published three security books. Lance has worked and consulted in over 25 countries and helped over 350 organizations plan, maintain and measure their security awareness programs. In addition, Lance is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cyber Security Alliance, frequent presenter, serial tweeter (@lspitzner) and works on numerous community security projects. Before working in information security, Mr. Spitzner served as an armor officer in the Army's Rapid Deployment Force and earned his MBA from the University of Illinois.

Sean Brady

Sean Brady is a 16-year veteran of the cybersecurity space, spanning disciplines from DDoS and Networking to Identity, Anti-Fraud, and Advanced Threat. He has discussed the challenges we all face from cybercrime with organizations, customers, and media around the world. Currently, Sean is Sr. Director, Product Marketing for Arbor Networks, the Security Division of NETSCOUT. Sean previously led Marketing and Product Management for Vorstack, a security automation and collaboration solution. Prior to Vorstack, Sean spent nearly 9 years at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, setting roadmap and go-to-market directions for RSA’s anti-fraud, identity, and data protection solutions.

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