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Malware Wants your Memory: Here's Why and How to Protect it

  • Monday, February 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST (2017-02-27 16:00:00 UTC)
  • Alissa Torres, Lance Spitzner

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Overview

Criminals are after valuable data in your computers physical memory. Credit card numbers, banking credentials, encryption keys, even your companys intellectual property can all be found in memory even if it is encrypted on your hard drive. What can we do to protect this information from theft? Alissa Torres, SANS lead author of FOR526 Memory Forensics In-Depth, reveals just what can be recovered from memory by todays malware and best practices for keeping the criminals at bay.

Speaker Bios

Alissa Torres

Alissa Torres is founder and senior consultant for Sibertor Forensics. She is an experienced digital forensic investigator specializing in advanced computer forensics and incident response, recently serving as an advisor for an international CERT and architect of internal IR capabilities for a Fortune 100 company. Her past industry roles include senior incident handler on the Mandiant Computer Incident Response Team (MCIRT) and digital forensic examiner on an internal employee investigations team.

Alissa has taught as a Certified SANS instructor for over four years, and is lead author of the FOR526 Memory Forensics In-Depth course at the SANS Institute. She has worked in government, academic, and corporate environments and with a wide array of enterprise and investigative technical solutions. A passionate researcher and presenter, she has spoken at various industry conferences such as RSA, Shmoocon, NCCC, HTCIA, Enfuse and numerous B-Sides events. In addition to being a GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), she holds the GCFE, GSEC, GCIH, GPEN, CISSP, EnCE, CFCE, MCT and CTT+.


Lance Spitzner

Lance Spitzner, Director, SANS Securing The Human. 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.

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