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Who’s there? — Using sender identity to stop modern phishing & BEC

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST (2020-01-15 18:00:00 UTC)
  • Jake Williams, Sibrina Subedar, Garrett McCullum


  • Valimail

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When you boil it down, all modern phishing attacks can be classified by two simple questions: Who sent the email? and What's in the email?

The security industry has struggled to keep a lid on email fraud because its primary focus has only been on deciphering the content of an email the what. Existing solutions utilize flavors of AI/ML filtering to uncover suspicious links, attachments, keywords, and behaviors. But the more these solutions are deployed, the more the bad guys come up with new variations that bypass these filters. It's an endless game of whack-a-mole.

Join us as we go in-depth on a critical new email security technique based on authenticating email sender identity. Well discuss:

  • The most pervasive types of impersonation attacks
  • How to move beyond manual IP address lookups and blacklist maintenance to automated services authentication and authorization
  • How Valimail's identity-based approach complements existing solutions (including Microsoft ATP) to stop these attacks dead

During the webinar well demonstrate how Valimail authenticates both inbound and outbound email flows by validating organizational domains and ensuring that only trusted senders reach the inbox.

Speaker Bios

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.

Sibrina Subedar

Sibrina Subedar has nearly two decades of high-tech industry experience. Her passion is to bring new innovations to market and evangelize new breakthrough ideas. She has worked for Cisco, NetApp, Overland, and Okta in various roles including customer engineering, product management, and marketing. At Valimail she works with a team of brilliant innovators who are building new ways to combat phishing and cybersecurity attacks, in order to increase the trustworthiness of global communications for their customers and for society.

Garrett McCullum

Garrett is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Valimail. With ten years of B2B experience in corporate and product positioning, sales enablement, and GTM strategy, he specializes in elevating sales effectiveness and product differentiation through story-driven messaging and training. Prior to Valimail, he led product marketing at Dysonics and VentureBeat.

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