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Roadmap to a Secure Smart Infrastructure

  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT (2017-08-10 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Tod Beardsley, Barbara Filkins


  • Rapid7 Inc.

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Nations like Singapore, with its Smart Nation Platform, are being hailed as models in their use of smart hospitals, classrooms, preschools, elder care and more. Yet many of today's new 'smart' infrastructure systems - including transportation, smart buildings and other smart systems - are already proving vulnerable to cyber attack.

In a recent example, hundreds of thousands of infrastrucure systems in May fell victim to WannaCry, a flawed and unsophisticated ransomware program sent out as phishing emails. The malware ended up disrupting hospital, factory, financial, phone, shipping and government systems, among others, across the UK, Asia and even Russia. 

In this webcast, learn what smart infrastructure systems are likely in your organization already, how they're vulnerable, and steps to mitigate these threats. For example:

  • Why smart systems still run on top of old O/S's and how its difficult to upgrade them
  • The criticality of vulnerability scanning, testing and patching these systems
  • How to locate and remediate systems are connecting directly to the Internet that shouldn't be
  • Protecting against the weakest link - users who are tricked into accepting ransomware and other malware in the first place
  • The importance of network and endpoint controls

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Speaker Bios

Barbara Filkins

Barbara Filkins, SANS Analyst Program Research Director, holds several SANS certifications, including the GSEC, GCIH, GCPM, GLEG and GICSP, the CISSP, and an MS in information security management from the SANS Technology Institute. She has done extensive work in system procurement, vendor selection and vendor negotiations as a systems engineering and infrastructure design consultant. Barbara focuses on issues related to automation—privacy, identity theft and exposure to fraud, plus the legal aspects of enforcing information security in today’s mobile and cloud environments, particularly in the health and human services industry, with clients ranging from federal agencies to municipalities and commercial businesses.

Tod Beardsley

Tod Beardsley is the director of research at Rapid7. He has more than 20 years of hands-on security experience, stretching from in-band telephony switching to modern IoT implementations. He has held IT Ops and IT Security positions in large organizations such as 3Com, Dell, and Westinghouse, as both an offensive and defensive practitioner. Today, Tod directs the myriad security research programs and initiatives at Rapid7. He can be uniquely identified at

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