Upcoming Black Hat Talk – Military Strategies for Cyber Security by Angela Frechette Cannon

Black Hat USA 2014 is just around the corner (August 2-7 in Las Vegas), and our very own Tom Cross is teed up to deliver an important talk on the use of military strategies in cyber security. Amidst today’s ever-evolving threat landscape, companies, non-profits, activists and individual hackers are forced to melee with nation-state class adversaries on the Internet. Just as one should never bring a knife to a gun fight, a network defender should not rely on tired maxims such as “perimeter defense” and “defense in depth” to keep their data and assets secure.

However, in an effort to up-level security discussions, many people in the computer security community use words like “OPSEC,” “Kill Chain” and “intelligence-driven” without fully understanding the underlying concepts. Cross, director of security research for Lancope, will join David Raymond and Greg Conti of West Point to educate Black Hat attendees on the appropriate use and incredible strength of military processes in online defensive operations.

Their talk, entitled “The Library of Sparta,” will teach attendees how to tap into military doctrine to better understand how attackers target their organizations. Participants will leave the session with an entirely new arsenal of military-grade strategies for taking on even the most advanced threats.

Tom Cross heads up Lancope’s StealthWatch Labs security research team. He has over a decade of experience as a computer security researcher and thought leader, and is credited with discovering a number of critical security vulnerabilities in enterprise-class software. He previously served as the manager of X-Force Research at IBM Internet Security Systems.

Further information on the upcoming session can be found here. We hope to see you in Las Vegas!