While the media headlines surrounding the cyber-threat landscape continue to be dominated by nation-state sponsored attacks, vast majority of threats faced by an average US corporation continue to be cybercriminal in nature. From the perspective of the attackers, the cybercriminal activity is a no-lose proposition as any success is lavishly rewarded, while there is no cost associated with failure. As in cyber warfare, the relationship between the attackers and defenders is asymmetric, and it heavily favors the attacker. In this presentation, we will explore the concept of “offensive defense”, a different approach to adversaries designed to address the asymmetry, punish the adversary, and impose heavy costs for failure. The presentation will feature a number of real-life examples demonstrating the principles in practice.
Tarik’s career in information security spans over two decades and includes roles as a developer, penetration tester, researcher, exploit writer, expert witness, teacher, consultant, and intelligence team leader. In his current role he leads the Blue Cross Blue Shield system-wide cyberthreat intelligence team.
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