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Thursday, April 26 • 11:00 - 11:45
The Increasingly Sophisticated Threat Landscape

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The security threat landscape is constantly in flux as attackers evolve their skills and tactics. Cisco Talos Intelligence Group is one of the largest commercial threat intelligence teams in the world. Using our visibility into the threat landscape we are constantly analyzing new attacks against our customer’s networks. During this talk I will examine various threats that Talos has examined over the last year to show how attackers are continually becoming more sophisticated. Understanding how these actors are evolving and how they are targeting networks is vital to protecting your network. For example, many people do not consider DNS worth monitoring yet we discovered the DnsMessenger attack that solely utilized DNS messages for its C&C and data exfiltration. Other attacks have been very destructive such as the Nyetya supply chain attack that crippled the Ukraine causing 100’s of millions in damage. Wormable malware has become commonplace as seen in WannaCry, Nyetya, Bad Rabbit, Olympic Destroyer. Only by understanding the evolving threat landscape an the attack vectors that threat actors are using can people begin to harden their networks against these increasingly sophisticated attacks.

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Earl Carter

Threat Researcher, Cisco Systems
Earl Carter has always had a passion for solving puzzles and understanding how things operate. Mr Carter quickly learned that identifying security weaknesses is just like solving puzzles. Almost 20 years ago, he was introduced to network security when he accepted a position at the... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 11:00 - 11:45 ADT
Track 3 - Room A2