Staying Ahead of the Next Generation of DDoS Attacks

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Patton Adams, Director of Cyber Threat Analysis and Reconnaissance

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Join Patton Adams, experienced network defender and Verisign iDefense Director of Cyber Threat Analysis and Reconnaissance as he presents Verisign’s unique view into the evolving DDoS attack ecosystem and recommendations for staying ahead of these increasingly effective threats. Throughout 2015, Verisign noted a continued upward trend in the size, frequency and complexity of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against its customer base, including rising average attack sizes and increased targeting of IT Services organizations. In addition, Verisign observed increasing availability of DDoS-as-a-service offerings from hacktivist and cyber criminal groups, and the prevalence of DDoS malware targeting the open-source Linux operating system, among other trends. Speaker Bio: Patton Adams is Director of Threat Analysis and Reconnaissance at Verisign iDefense, leading an internationally-distributed team of researchers monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on global cyber crime, espionage, and hacktivist activity. Before coming to Verisign, he led and served on cyber threat analysis teams at Northrop Grumman, supporting the US Army 1st IO Command and Army Cyber Command and later Northrop Grumman’s corporate information security operations. Co-author of the 2012 US-China Commission report, “Occupying the Information High Ground: Chinese Capabilities for Computer Network Operations and Cyber Espionage,” Patton specializes in cyber espionage analysis, strategic geopolitically-focused research, and analytic process improvement for risk mitigation and long-range decision making. He conducted undergraduate studies in Foreign Service at Georgetown University and graduate studies in ancient Cambodian history at Cornell University.

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