July’s ISSA Chicago Chapter Meeting
Event submitted on Sunday, June 21st 2020, approved by Charles Villanueva ✓
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Topic 1: Don’t let the Attackers Weaponize Fear: Malware in the time of COVID-19
Speaker: Diana Kelley, Microsoft Cybersecurity Field CTO
Wherever we turn it feels like the news is all COVID-19 all the time. Many of us are feeling stressed and overwhelmed and attackers know it. At Microsoft, we’ve seen an increase in the success of phishing attacks, one of the common vectors for malware and ransomware infections.
Rather than inventing entirely new exploits, attackers are pivoting their existing infrastructure for ransomware and other malware delivery tools to COVID-19 focused lures to get us to click. In this talk, we’ll share insights into how the attackers have shifted their lures and provide recommendations for improving detect and response times to reduce the likelihood these attacks will work.
Topic 2: Bringing Open Source into the Enterprise Environment
Speaker: Kelley Misata, PhD, CEO and Founder, Sightline Security
The open-source “movement,” as called in the late 1980s, has certainly changed a lot and increased in popularity. Today, Fortune 100 companies and small start-ups are using open source technologies into their environments. But there are still some big questions loom out there like: how to bring open source into the enterprise environment, how do I know the community supporting is healthy, are these technologies going to stick around or fizzle out just when we need them most?
Dr. Kelley Misata shares her insights and approaches in helping organizations confidently work along with side open source communities. Her talk will draw on her direct experiences as former Director of Communications with the Tor Project and currently President and Executive Director of the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF), the organization that oversees Suricata.