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A pen-testers perspective on malware & ransomware attack techniques and the state of endpoint security

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM EST (2018-02-22 15:30:00 UTC)
  • Jake Williams, Jack Danahy


  • Barkly

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Over the past few years major crimeware, ransomware and malware campaigns have moved to fileless - playing upon features built directly into popular word processing and document rendering applications, email clients, and functionalities of the Operating System itself as a means to attack and spread. 77% of companies compromised last year were hit with a fileless attack, making them 10x more effective than traditional file-based attacks (per Ponemon). Join SANS and Barkly CTO Jack Danahy to discuss:

  • Insights into how these common in-place applications are abused to initiate or further attacks
  • How techniques such as these can lead to malware/ransomware bypassing A/V
  • Strategies for re-evaluating your endpoint security tools

Speaker Bios

Jack Danahy

Jack Danahy is the co-founder and CTO of Barkly, the company advancing endpoint security by combining the strongest protection with the smartest technology and simplest management. A 25-year innovator in computer, network and data security, Jack was previously the founder and CEO of two successful security companies: Qiave Technologies (acquired by Watchguard Technologies in 2000) and Ounce Labs (acquired by IBM in 2009). Jack is a frequent writer and speaker on security and security issues, and has received multiple patents in a variety of security technologies. Prior to founding Barkly, he was the Director of Advanced Security for IBM, and led the delivery of security services for IBM in North America.

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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