How a threat actor really views your organization

Presented by

Anne Marie Zettlemoyer, Chief Security Officer, CyCognito and Marc Rogers, Head of Security for DEF CON

About this talk

There is a well-known maxim in the cybersecurity industry that cybersecurity tools are always one step behind threat actors. This statement exists because threat actors often have a better line of sight into an organization’s external attack surface than the Security team who defends that organization. Threat actors have this increased visibility due to their use of multiple open-source tools and a strong commitment to find a path of least resistance that a Security team may not be aware of. Join Anne Marie Zettlemoyer, Chief Security Officer at CyCognito, and Marc Rogers, Adjunct Senior Advisor at the Institute of Security and Technology, Member of the Ransomware Taskforce, and Head of Security for DEF CON, as they discuss the mindset of threat actors as they approach target organizations for ransom or even for sport. Anne Marie and Marc will discuss all the visibility advantages attackers have over Security teams and how your team can leverage this offensive mindset to better protect itself. In this webinar, you will learn: - Why the old auditing method of launching quarterly or semi-annual tests on select assets no longer works to protect your organization - How threat actors rely on traditional testing methods as a false sense of security for their targets - How threat actors develop stealthy techniques to maximize efficiency and reduce time to find exploitable vulnerabilities
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