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Security Whack-a-Mole: SANS 2017 Threat Landscape Survey

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT (2017-08-15 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Chad Skipper, Sean Murphy, Robert Leong, Mark Butler, Lee Neely


  • Cylance
  • FireEye
  • Mcafee LLC
  • Qualys

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As fast as we learn to detect new threats, the threats change - like a game of Whack-o-Mole happening at an ever-increasing pace. The SANS community is on the forefront of this battle and has answered the call to take a SANS survey on the threats their organizations face every day.

In this survey, members of the SANS community provide valuable intelligence into the types of threats impacting their organizations most severely and how those threats are changing. In our 2016 survey, those threats targeted the user endpoint, with phishing-based emails being the primary point of entry.

Attend this webcast and learn what threat actors are currently up to and how theyire getting around existing defenses. Armed with this knowledge, IT professionals can anticipate attacks and get ahead of the attackers. Key trends that will be discussed include:

  • Primary vectors attackers enter through
  • Methods attackers use most effectively as part of their layered attacks
  • Impacts of breaches and how to remediate
  • Best places to apply defenses
  • Lessons learned by those who have been breached

Click here and be among the first to receive the associated whitepaper written by SANS Mentor Instructor Lee Neely.

Speaker Bios

Lee Neely

Lee Neely, a SANS analyst and mentor instructor, teaches cyber security courses for SANS and serves as a NewsBites editor and OnDemand quality control tester. He worked with the SCORE (Security Consensus Operational Readiness Evaluation) project to develop the iOS Step-by-Step Configuration Guide and the Mobile Device Configuration Checklist included in the SEC575 course. Lee holds the GMOB, GPEN, GWAPT, GAWN, CISSP, CISA, CISM and CRISC certifications. He leads the cyber security new technology group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, working to develop secure implementations of new technology, including developing the secure configurations, risk assessments and policy updates required for its corporate and bring-your-own-device mobile devices.

Mark Butler

Mark Butler is Qualys' chief information security officer. A former CISO at Fiserv, Mark advocates the needs of CISOs throughout Qualys' global customer base and serves as a resource for achieving business-aligned information security leadership. With over 24 years of experience leading enterprise security teams, delivering security consulting services and supporting security products, Mark has built and developed effective information security functions, establishing the right blend of technical, administrative and physical controls while providing stakeholders such as executive management, IT leadership and legal counsel visibility into real business threats and opportunities. Previously, he held roles in global security consulting, independent technical research, comprehensive assessment services and several foundational security roles.

Robert Leong

As director of product management within McAfee Labs, the R&D arm of McAfee, Robert Leong is responsible for product management of innovation technologies and threat landscape research, with emphasis on client platform technologies. Robert attended MIT, where he earned simultaneous BS/MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. His early career began with designing custom ICs and circuit boards, as well as co-founding an enterprise security company. Leong has been in enterprise security since 2007 and with McAfee since 2014.

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy is the Senior Manager of Solutions Architecture for FireEye Global Services and Intelligence, where he manages a team responsible for working with customers to design deployments for FireEye-as-a-Service and FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence that support their business and technical goals to mature their security program. Sean has over 20 years of experience in technology and security and has spoken at multiple industry conferences, including Black Hat USA, as well as contributed to several security textbooks. In previous roles, Sean has led sales engineering and solution architect teams for FireEye and Symantec.

Chad Skipper

Chad Skipper is Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Testing at Cylance, leading industry analysis and testing of Cylance’s flagship product CylancePROTECT. A veteran in endpoint, network and security services technologies, Chad has contributed heavily to the cyber security industry through development and executive roles within engineering and product management. Whether at Symantec, Cisco, BlackStratus, Dell, and now Cylance, Chad has played a significant role in the design and architecture of endpoint, network, cloud, and hosted security services, and in advancements in security prevention, security management, monitoring, and intelligence mitigation solutions.

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