The New Paradigm: Advanced Targeted Attacks on Federal Government

Presented by

Bob Bigman, Former CISO, CIA; Alex Lanstein, Senior Researcher, FireEye

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It’s no surprise that cyber security is the #1 concern for federal information executives in 2012. Cyber-attacks on the federal government have increased 680% in the last 6 years. The threat posed by increasing cyber-attacks is only heightened by vulnerabilities in federal systems supporting critical infrastructure. To counter cyber incidents such as nation-state sponsored espionage, data breaches and advanced persistent threats (APTs), government agencies must fill the hole left by next-generation firewalls, IPS, antivirus, and Web gateways. These rules and signature-based tools are no match for well-funded adversaries employing a new generation of dynamic, stealthy threats. To strengthen the security and resilience of federal government systems, agencies must adopt tools and techniques to protect them from the next generation of attacks. Hear from two cyber security experts, Robert Bigman, former Chief Information Security Officer, Central Intelligence Agency, and Alex Lanstein, Senior Security Researcher, FireEye, as they share their views on the new evolving threat landscape and how budget-constrained agencies can detect, protect and respond to advanced targeted attacks. In this session, participants will learn about: • Techniques and tactics that make next-generation cyber criminals successful • A new hacker alliance model and some concerning technical trends • Why conventional security defenses are no longer effective • Key criteria when investigating next-generation threat protection
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