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The Sliding Scale of Cyber Security

  • Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT (15:00:00 UTC)
  • Robert M. Lee
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Overview

Cyber security lacks nuance. Meaningful terms get reduced to buzz terms, useful terminology gets abused by marketing pitches, and 'cyber talk' takes the place of real discussions about security. The Sliding Scale of Cyber Security adds nuance to what it means to do security by presenting five categories that contribute to cyber security as a guide for resource allocation, actions, and skill development. Those five categories are Architecture, Passive Defense, Active Defense, Intelligence, and Offense. The framework presented can be used to analyze case-studies, explain technical matters to non-technical folks, act as a measuring stick of security maturity in an organization's resource investments, and help defenders understand the big picture root cause of security issues. In this webcast, Robert M. Lee, the author of SANS ICS515 - Active Defense and Incident Response and the co-author of FOR578 - Cyber Threat Intelligence will explain the framework and some examples of how he uses it to deconstruct high profile cyber attacks.

Speaker Bio

Robert M. Lee

Robert M. Lee is the CEO and Founder of the critical infrastructure cyber security company Dragos Security LLC where he has a passion for control system traffic analysis, incident response, and threat intelligence research. He is a SANS Certified Instructor and the course author of SANS ICS515 - "Active Defense and Incident Response" and the co-author of SANS FOR578 - "Cyber Threat Intelligence." Robert is also a non-resident National Cyber Security Fellow at New America focusing on policy issues relating to the cyber security of critical infrastructure and a PhD candidate at Kings College London. For his research and focus areas, he was named one of Passcode's Influencers, awarded EnergySec's 2015 Cyber Security Professional of the Year, and named to the 2016 Forbes' 30 Under 30 list.

Robert obtained his start in cyber security in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Cyber Warfare Operations Officer. He has performed defense, intelligence, and attack missions in various government organizations including the establishment of a first-of-its-kind ICS/SCADA cyber threat intelligence and intrusion analysis mission. Robert routinely writes articles in publications such as Control Engineering and the Christian Science Monitor's Passcode and speaks at conferences around the world. Lastly, Robert, is author of the book "SCADA and Me" and the weekly web-comic http://www.LittleBobbyComic.com.

"Rob is the best instructor I have seen. Real world examples, humor, time efficient, [and] effective."
- Toni Benson, Cyber Analyst

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