B2. The Human Target: How Threat Actors Choose Their Mark
Incident Response
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Because it can be so lucrative, malware has emerged as a favorite of attackers who have turned cybercrime into a big-money endeavor. Learn how threat actors are targeting organizations with frightening effectiveness by researching their human targets before launching a malware attack. Once the victim is chosen and the malware deployed, the threat actor remains connected, lurking on victims' computers until they can grab banking details, credit card data, and other sensitive information. This session shows how attackers know their victims and targets better than they know themselves.
Learner Objectives
After completing this session, learner will have a deeper understanding of attacks against individuals leveraging a combination of social engineering and malware to gain access to their target organizations. * Understand how attackers research humans and target them * Learn why people are more vulnerable than systems * See how attackers make choices about their attacks * For infosec ops teams, see how to focus your attention on your most attacked people
Speaker Bio(s)
Sherrod DeGrippo is the director of Threat Research and Detection for Proofpoint, Inc. She leads a worldwide malware research team to advance Proofpoint threat intelligence and keep organizations safe from cyberattacks. She successfully directs her 24/7 team to investigate advanced threats and release multiple daily security updates for Proofpoint products.