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Malware & Ransomware Solutions Forum

  • Friday, August 20th | 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM EDTFriday, August 20, 2021 at 10:30 AM EDT (2021-08-20 14:30:00 UTC)
  • Jake Williams


  • DomainTools
  • LogRhythm
  • Sophos Inc.
  • Cisco Umbrella

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Forum Format: Virtual

Event Overview

As organizations continue to deal with emerging threats in the malware space, its easy for some to take a complacent view and say, Malware, havent we done this already? Weve been dealing with this for decades. And while people who take this view arent necessarily wrong, ransomware continues to be one of the most popular cyber attacks among organizations. With malware and ransomware becoming more sophisticated and threatening than ever before, its important for security teams to up their defense and strategies and stay ahead of these attacks.

Simply put, ransomware is not going away.

The rise and evolution of ransomware is a great example of such a progression. In the early days of ransomware, individuals were disproportionately impacted. The vast majority of businesses were well prepared to deal with a single machine (or even a few machines) infected through drive by downloads. Today, ransomware operators have upped their game, adopting APT style tactics and learning evasion techniques from traditional malware authors.

The state of play in the malware and ransomware game continues to change at a rapid pace. Those who are still trying to defend against yesterdays threats will find themselves woefully unprepared to deal with the attacks of today. Those same slow movers are also likely to be devastated by whatever comes next. One of the most important steps an organization can take in preventing a ransomware attack is by having the right cybersecurity tools on hand. Solution providers have aided defenders by providing new innovative classes of tools that didnt even exist a few short years ago.

Join this SANS lead forum as we explore various malware & ransomware topics through invited speakers while showcasing current capabilities available today. Presentations will focus on technical case-studies and thought leadership using specific examples relevant to the industry.

Relevant topics:

   Next-Gen Antivirus

   Application Whitelisting


   Real-Time Sandboxes for Application Containers


   Network Monitoring & Detecting Malware Command and Control (C2)

Speaker Bio

Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a SANS analyst, senior SANS instructor, course author and designer of several NetWars challenges for use in SANS' popular, "gamified" information security training suite. Jake spent more than a decade in information security roles at several government agencies, developing specialties in offensive forensics, malware development and digital counterespionage. Jake is the founder of Rendition InfoSec, which provides penetration testing, digital forensics and incident response, expertise in cloud data exfiltration, and the tools and guidance to secure client data against sophisticated, persistent attacks on-premises and in the cloud.

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