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RVAsec 2017 Videos: Robert Wood and Greg Pepper

Robert Wood
Maintainability + Security = <3 



Greg Pepper
Best Practices for Securing the Hybrid Cloud (Slides)

RVAsec 2017 Videos: Dan Holden and Troy Marshall

Dan Holden
Retailing Another Threat Landscape Story 



Troy Marshall
RoboCop- Bringing law and order to CICD 

Speaker Feature: Rick Lull and Shannon Yeaker

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Network bubba, health care IT survivor, now trying to play Horatio on the bridge via infosec for customers of my new company.



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Shannon Yeaker, PMP, CISA, CAHIMS is a Lead Consultant with Impact Makers in the Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Practice. She is a dynamic IT professional with extensive experience in Information Security, control design, risk management, project and process management at a Fortune 200 company in the financial services industry. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Associate in Healthcare and Information Management Systems (CAHIMS) and holds additional certifications in Business Process Management, Agile, Lean and Scrum. Shannon is a member of the Virginia Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).Currently serving as a Project Manager assisting a $3.5 billon healthcare system with multi-year and multi-million dollar information security transformation program. She manages the delivery of secure network segmentation to over 30,000 endpoints in 7 states.  Shannon was previously with Capital One, for more than 20 years. She has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University.

Adventures in (Dynamic) Network Segmentation or And that’s how I got this scar

Network segmentation is a great way to build a foundation for a thorough approach to defense in depth as part of your security program. The benefits can be great, but the path is not without some risk of its own. This talk with review some of the challenges and successful strategies to create a solid and sustainable practice on getting your arms around what is out there and on your network. The presenters, fresh from a large scale project to do this at a health system, will cover tips, tricks, pitfalls and the like to let you approach this very useful tool with your eyes wide open.

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Speaker Feature: Alon Arvatz


Alon Arvatz runs products at IntSights.  Prior to co-founding IntSights, Alon had was a cyber security professional in the military and private sector.  Alon started his career serving in an elite intelligence unit in the Israel Defense Forces.  Then, Alon joined Guy Nizan to establish Cyber School, a center providing teenagers with courses, seminars and summer camp workshops on cyber intelligence.  Hoping to help enterprises capitalize from his experience, he co-founded IntSights to make threat intelligence programs a reality for enterprises around the world. When not defending companies from hackers, Alon spends time with his very cute family.

OSINT: The Secret Weapon in Hunting Nation-State Campaigns

Discussing real use cases of state actors engaged in APT campaigns, explore what can be done with the available intelligence tools we have today, specifically from the Dark Web.

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Speaker Feature: Robert Mitchell


Robert Mitchell is currently a member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He received his Ph.D, M.S. and B.S. from Virginia Tech. Robert served as a military officer for six years and has over 10 years of industry experience, having worked previously at Boeing, BAE Systems, Raytheon and Nokia. His research interests include linkography, moving target defense, computer network operations, network security, intrusion detection and cyber physical systems. Robert has published 19 peer reviewed articles.

Recent Developments in Linkography Based Cyber Security

Cyber attacks on critical cyber systems are not decreasing in frequency or complexity. Aggressors choose the time and place of these engagements; protectors must identify, research and develop defensive techniques that provide an asymmetric advantage. A static, data-driven, preventative, automated defense is a losing strategy; an effective defense must be dynamic, behavioral, responsive and capitalize on a human in the loop. We propose human and machine performed linkography to detect, correlate, attribute and predict attacker behavior and present a moving, deceptive target. Recently, our team generated a technology transfer strategy for linkography based cyber security, proposed algorithms to extract and refine linkograph ontologies and subsessionize our input stream and completed our previous related machine learning work. Linkography has been in the literature for decades, and our investigation indicates it is an open, fertile topic for basic and applied cyber security research.

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Speaker Feature: Robert Wood

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Robert Wood runs the security team at Nuna Health, whose core directive is to protect one of the nation’s largest collective healthcare data sets. Previously, Robert was a Principal Consultant at Cigital where he founded and led the red team assessment practice and worked with strategic clients across the United States in an advisory capacity.

Maintainability + Security = <3

The security and devops culture craze is all around us, even with all this talk though there are differences between security features and the maintainability of a system. This talk will focus on some real world examples of what can go wrong when a system isn’t built with maintainability in mind in a security minded culture. We will cover the political positioning battles that emerge, how security leaders can manage risk in these situations, and of course the technical challenges that creep into the picture over time.

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Speaker Feature: Dan Holden



Dan Holden is the CTO and Intelligence Director at R-CISC, the retail ISAC, where he focuses on new technology and service development as well as threat intelligence production and exchange. Previously he was the Chief Technology Strategist and Director of ASERT, Arbor’s Security Engineering and Response Team at Arbor Networks. There he was responsible for future product direction and security threat intelligence integration. He also led the team who oversees the ATLAS global security intelligence database, and are responsible for threat landscape monitoring and Internet security research including the reverse engineering of malicious code. He also managed the development and delivery of security content and countermeasures for Arbor’s industry leading DDoS technologies. Prior to Arbor, Dan was director of TippingPoint’s DVLabs and a founding member of IBM/ISS X-Force. While at TippingPoint, Dan grew the DVLab’s organization into a mature security research and development team delivering security content, intelligence portals, and reputation technology as well as overseeing the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) program. Dan also helped build and define X-Force over the course of 12 years in various capacities ranging from development to product management. Dan has been in the security industry for over two decades specializing in vulnerability analysis, security research, and technology incubation. Dan is a frequent speaker at major industry conferences and has been quoted and featured in many top publications, radio and television.

Retailing Another Threat Landscape Story

Over the last several years, retail breaches have become some of the highest profile stories, but just like any other vertical target, the day-to-day offense and defense continues to evolve. The ebbs and flows of attackers and defenders don’t always make the news, which is a good thing, but what does the daily routine look like on the retail front? And, why should you care? You should care because at some level or another, we are the potential defenders, or consumers of these organizations, and retail has now become part of the modern attacker infrastructure.

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Speaker Feature: Troy Marshall

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How do you answer when someone asks what you do for a living? Troy Marshall’s answer—“I don’t make software, I make software better”—explains his career helping organizations build and scale programs to improve the quality, security, and performance of their software and systems. Troy is currently the Director, Application Security and Reliability in the Ellucian DevOps group where he focuses on helping development teams rapidly deliver highly secure and reliable SaaS solutions. Connect with Troy on LinkedIn and Twitter.

RoboCop- Bringing law and order to CICD

In the movie, RoboCop is given three primary directives: “Serve the public trust, Protect the innocent, and Uphold the law”. We built our own RoboCop in order to bring law and order to our CICD pipeline. DevOps practices are all about enabling fast and frequent delivery of new software. In order to keep pace in a DevOps culture, application security must be reliably integrated into the CICD pipeline.
In this talk, we will show how our small AppSec team combined automated tools along with human oversight in order to achieve our directives at scale, while winning the hearts and minds of our development teams.

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Speaker Feature: Daniel Bohannon



Daniel Bohannon is a Senior Incident Response Consultant at MANDIANT with over six years of operations and information security experience. His particular areas of expertise include enterprise-wide incident response investigations, host-based security monitoring, data aggregation and anomaly detection, and PowerShell-based attack research and detection techniques.
As an incident response consultant, Mr. Bohannon provides emergency services to clients when security breaches occur. He also develops new methods for detecting malicious PowerShell usage at both the host- and network-level while researching obfuscation techniques for PowerShell-based attacks that are being used by numerous threat groups.
Prior to joining MANDIANT, Mr. Bohannon spent five years working in IT operations and then leading the incident response team for an organization in the private retail industry.
Mr. Bohannon received a Master of Science in Information Security from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The University of Georgia.

Invoke-CradleCrafter: Moar PowerShell obFUsk8tion & Detection (@(‘Tech’,’niques’) -Join ”)

PowerShell is increasingly being used by advanced attackers and script kiddies alike in targeted attacks, commodity malware, and even ransomware. The most common usage involves PowerShell remotely downloading and running payloads entirely in memory, rendering many traditional detection mechanisms useless.
Detection has increasingly shifted to monitoring for this malicious activity via process command line arguments and parent-child process relationships. While this is a significant improvement there are numerous evasion techniques of which the Red Team and Blue Team should be aware.
For the past 1.5 years I have researched PowerShell obfuscation, evasion and advanced detection techniques. Picking up from where I left off in my recent presentations on Invoke-Obfuscation, in this presentation I will highlight my new tool Invoke-CradleCrafter. Additionally, I will introduce a new family of PowerShell obfuscation techniques and show how they can be applied to several new and obscure families of remote download cradles.

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Speaker Feature: Ken Johnson

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Ken Johnson, CTO of nVisium, has been hacking web applications professionally for 8 years. Ken is both a breaker and builder and currently leads the nVisium product team. Previously, Ken has spoken at DerbyCon, AppSec USA, RSA, AppSec DC, AppSec California, DevOpsDays DC, LASCON, RubyNation, and numerous Ruby, OWASP, and AWS events. Ken is currently investing his time between OWASP’s Railsgoat, Elxir and Go, as well as all aspects of AWS offerings. Twitter: @cktricky

AWS Survival Guide 2.0

In this talk, we discuss harnessing existing AWS functionality to strengthen your organization’s AWS infrastructure against practical attacks. Ken will show you what attackers are looking for, how they are finding you, and how to secure your environment. Additionally, attendees will be given code that assists those using AWS in better understanding how their environment’s IAM policies are configured and automate tasks like S3 bucket policy review, volume encryption statuses, and security group configurations.

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