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Using a SOC as a Security Force Multiplier

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT (2014-06-25 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Henri van Goethem, John Pescatore, Dr. Eric Cole


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It seems that every day there is another news item about a company suffering a breach, causing tremendous damage to their customers, their brand image and the companys bottom line. But, have you noticed that many companies rarely if ever seem to suffer compromises, and when they do they seem to have some way of minimizing the damage? One common factor across those successful organizations is the development of a mature Security Operations Center (SOC) that enables a more proactive approach to cyber-defense.

A SOC is a set of processes, controls and skills that support early identification of threats, continuous monitoring of critical defensive security controls, faster and more accurate incident response and centralized capabilities for reporting, root cause analysis and development of strategies for upgrading your security architecture. SOCs are not just for large organizations - you can build your own SOC, use existing Network Operation Center capabilities, outsource it to a Managed Security Service provider, or some combination of both.

Join John Pescatore, Eric Cole and Henri van Goethem of SANS for a SANS webinar Using a SOC as a Security Force Multiplier on June 25th. This webinar will give you ideas and guidance you can immediately put to work in improving your existing Security Operations Center or in getting started in developing an effective, efficient SOC.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Eric Cole

Dr. Cole is an industry-recognized security expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Dr. Cole has experience in information technology with a focus on helping customers focus on the right areas of security by building out a dynamic defense. Dr. Cole has a master's degree in computer science from NYIT and a doctorate from Pace University with a concentration in information security. He served as CTO of McAfee and Chief Scientist for Lockheed Martin. Dr. Cole is the author of several books, including Advanced Persistent Threat, Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Sight, Network Security Bible 2nd Edition, and Insider Threat. He is the inventor of over 20 patents and is a researcher, writer, and speaker. He is also a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President and several executive advisory boards. Dr. Cole is the founder and an executive leader at Secure Anchor Consulting where he provides leading-edge cyber security consulting services, expert witness work, and leads research and development initiatives to advance the state-of-the-art in information systems security. Dr. Cole was the lone inductee into the InfoSec European Hall of Fame in 2014. Dr. Cole is actively involved with the SANS Technology Institute (STI) and is a SANS faculty Fellow and course author who works with students, teaches, and develops and maintains courseware.

John Pescatore

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging technologies in January 2013, bringing with him over 35 years of experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to SANS, he was Gartner's lead security analyst for more than 13 years, working with Global 5000 corporations, government agencies and major technology and service providers. In 2008, John was named one of the top 15 most influential people in security and has frequently testified before Congress on issues relating to cybersecurity.

Henri van Goethem

Henri van Goethem is a SANS Program Manager with primary oversight of SANS' Forensic and Penetration Testing Curricula as well as customer engagement responsibility for SANS' NetWars program. Henri came to SANS from ManTech's Mission, Cyber, & Intelligence Solutions Group, where he served as Vice President and Division Manager of the Cyber Security & Investigations Division. He specialized in providing program management, incident response, digital media & malicious code analysis, vulnerability assessments and penetration testing, cyber intelligence/threat analysis, linguistic support, 24x7 intrusion analysis, certification & accreditation, data loss prevention, security engineering, non-attributable procurement, customized cyber training, electronic discovery, and LE/CI investigations & operations support services to government and commercial clients. Henri also previously served as a Federal Agent, Computer Crime Investigator for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He was responsible for investigating complex computer related criminal, fraud, and counterintelligence matters as well as coordinating, training, and providing consultation to attorneys, law enforcement officers, and IT professionals. Henri is PMP, CISSP, and ITIL certified; he is also a Certified Computer Crime Investigator.

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