Tech Talk Series: Deception & Active Defense for Election Security


Tech Talk Series: Deception & Active Defense for Election Security

Date: March 18th from 10am - 12pm | Location: DreamPort Facility in Columbia MD


Deception was successfully used, by a very small staff, to thwart Russian influence of France's presidential election. Today's cyber security teams are shorthanded and struggling to find the proverbial needle in the haystack or the singular event inside petabytes of data, and that event must mean something. If it doesn't, already limited resources are consumed with chasing a false positive. The best way to keep up with the tactics that attackers use against us is through automated responses to high-fidelity events, and that is the promise that deception brings to cyber defenders. Most enterprises do not suffer from a lack of tools, they are typically flooded with tools. However, attackers still get past our current defensive perimeters relatively quickly and linger far longer than anyone desires. NIST (800-160v2 and 800-171b) agrees that deception is critical piece of the puzzle in reducing the dwell time of attackers in our networks through the quick detection of lateral movement. The talk will cover where deception technologies are today, the future of deception for cyber defense, and be delivered by Chris Roberts.

About the Speaker

Chris Roberts is currently the CSS for Attivo Networks and is working on a number of projects within the deception and services space. Over the years, he's founded or worked with a number of companies specializing in OSINT/SIGING/HUMINT research, intelligence gathering, cryptography, and deception technologies, risk, and maturity consulting services.

Since the late 90's Chris has been deeply involved with security R&D, consulting, and advisory services in his quest to protect and defend businesses and individuals against various types of attack. Prior to that he jumped out of planes for a living, visiting all sorts of interesting countries and cultures while doing his best to avoid getting shot at too often.

Roberts has led or been involved in information security assessments and engagements for the better part of 25 years and has a wealth of experience with regulations such as GLBA, GDPR, HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA, and NERC/FERC. He has also worked with government, state and federal authorities on standards such as CMS, ISO, and NIST. As one of the well-known hackers and researchers, Chris is routinely invited to speak at industry conferences. CNN, The Washington Post, WIRED, Business Insider, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, and numerous others have covered him in the media.


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