Tom Kellerman, US Vice President of Cybersecurity, Trend Micro
Cyberspace is not a pacific environment; there is a fight for power in a modern-day colonial movement. As the cyber kill chain has evolved so too must our defenses. The digital insider threat aka the APT (advanced persistent threat) will metastasize in the cloud computing environment of 2012. The use of mobile devices and cloud computing creates a perfect storm for the exfiltration of sensitive data. To tap into the power of Web-based, wireless, and other emerging technologies, and thus build stouter virtual castles in the sky, we must appreciate the evolution of blended threats from the simple virus of yesteryear to the virulent MALFI (multifaceted malware with remote file inclusion, local file inclusion, cross-server attack, and remote code execution) botnet attacks of 2012.
Rather than endorsing security models that drive us to construct additional defenses and filters that have an increasingly slim chance of stopping advanced threats, the focus within IT development and security must shift to emphasize more aggressive, proactive self-assessment through which “offense can inform defense.” To achieve an advanced persistent response (APR) on our networks, we must blend our cyber defenses so as to realize deep security.
This presentation will focus on the evolution of the staged and blended attacks and share expertise on organizational strategies and tactics to mitigate risks in the short term and over time.
Tom Kellermann, a member of the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th President, is a trusted cybersecurity advisor and strategist within the federal, state and local government markets. As a security evangelist and government affairs expert, he manages strategic partnerships both domestically and internationally to help increase Trend Micro's profile in emerging technologies and policy issues.
Tom is a professor at American University's School of International Service and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).