Some of my favorite sessions from Microsoft’s Ignite Conference (Mark Russinovich & Paula Januszkiewicz)

Malware Hunting with Sysinternals Tools
Date: May 6, 2015 from 5:00PM to 6:15PM Day 3 Arie Crown Theater BRK3319
Speakers: Mark Russinovich

Adventures in Underland: What Your System Stores on the Disk without Telling You
Date: May 8, 2015 from 12:30PM to 1:45PM Day 5 E450 BRK3320
Speakers: Paula Januszkiewicz

Recalling Windows Memories: A Useful Guide to Retrieving and Analyzing Memory Content
Date: May 8, 2015 from 9:00AM to 10:15AM Day 5 S102 BRK2342
Speakers: Paula Januszkiewicz

Hidden Talents: Things Administrators Never Expect from Their Users Regarding Security
Date: May 7, 2015 from 3:15PM to 4:30PM Day 4 N231 BRK3323
Speakers: Paula Januszkiewicz

The Ultimate Hardening Guide: What to Do to Make Hackers Pick Someone Else
Date: May 7, 2015 from 10:45AM to 12:00PM Day 4 S503 BRK3343
Speakers: Paula Januszkiewicz

Black Hat USA 2012 | Briefings

Black Hat USA 2012 | Briefings.

Check Out Information Weeks Dark Reading site for some more Black Hat 2012 information, link to be posted here

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http://www.darkreading.com/security/news/240001945/black-hat-usa-2012-complete-coverage.html

Black Hat Releases Complete Event Schedule
Among the news breaking will be 36 tools, 17 0-days, and 49 live on-stage demonstrations
Jun 14, 2012 | 06:12 PM | 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Black Hat, producer of the world’s premier information security events, today announced the official schedule for Black Hat USA 2012, where the smartest and most disruptive cyber security professionals will reveal research and vulnerabilities that threaten national critical infrastructure and identify flaws in popular consumer devices. Among the news breaking will be 36 tools, 17 0-days and 49 live onstage demonstrations during the action packed week of July 21-26 2012 in Las Vegas. For more information and to register, visit Black Hat.

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The keynote speakers at Black Hat USA 2012 include Neal Stephenson, one of the world’s foremost historical and science fiction authors, and Shawn Henry, former FBI Executive Assistant Director (EAD) and currently President of CrowdStrike Services. Neal will take the stage for an interactive interview with attendees while Shawn will offer new insights on how a hostile cyber environment has rendered traditional security obsolete in a talk entitled: “Changing the Security Paradigm…Taking Back Your Network and Bringing Pain to The Adversary.”

Black Hat USA 2012 will feature talks that point out key security vulnerabilities in global and national infrastructure, including:

Threats to air traffic control systems (Andrei Costin), smart meters and the power grid (Don Weber). Stephen Ridley and Stephen Lawler will address advanced ARM exploitation and share some anecdotal “hardware hacking” experiences. Yann Allain and Julien Moinard will discuss power analysis of embedded systems. Methods for taking cyber security on the offensive: Renowned security researcher Dan Kaminsky will offer a look at “black ops,” offering insight on attack techniques that previously may have been considered ‘wrong and evil.’ Robert Clark, operational attorney for the U.S. Army Cyber Command, will offer a look at the legal aspects of cyberspace operations. Apple operating systems and applications: speakers will discuss flaws in the Apple AppStore (Justin Engler, Seth Law, Joshua Dubik, and David Vo); vulnerabilities in the operating system kernel that drives IOS and Mac OS X (Stefan Esser); and a workshop on the dark art of IOS application hacking (Jonathan Zdziarski). Threats and vulnerabilities to the most commonly used Web applications and tools, demonstrating key vulnerabilities at the very core of today’s Internet. Sheeraj Shah offers a look at the Top 10 threats, while Sergey Shekyan and Vaagn Toukharian discuss hacking with HTML5’s WebSockets; a look at recent Java exploitation trends and malware (Jeong Wook Oh); and the revelation of several new vulnerabilities in popular Web application firewalls (Ivan Ristic).

Black Hat will feature nine concurrent tracks every day, mixing workshops, roundtables and cutting edge presentations by top security experts. Deep technical training will take place July 21-24, while the open briefings will run from July 25-26.

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Security Startups Focusing On Threats, Not Malware

According to Robert Lemos of Dark Reading,
Stopping malware is so yesterday. Eclectic groups of security people have banded together to make life difficult for attackers… Well, I enjoy studying malware, and I don’t have as many years of experience working in CyberSecurity yet, so I will continue doing what I enjoy for now, Hunting, Studying, and Destroying Viruses and Malicious code. Here’s Mr. Lemos’ story anyway, its interesting
Jimmy G
Jun 14, 2012 | 06:06 PM |

By Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
Dark Reading

Security consultant Dino Dai Zovi hacked Macs and co-authored a book on how to secure them. Tillmann Werner researched ways to detect the Conficker worm on infected networks and advocated an offensive approach to dealing with the threat. Shawn Henry chased cybercriminals during his 23-year career at the FBI. And Dan Guido teaches at NYU Poly and espouses a “Know Your Attacker” philosophy.
All four have left previous positions and joined startups that are creating services and products that focus on ways to make attacks more painful for the attackers. Rather than continue finding vulnerabilities or pointing out ways attackers can infiltrate networks, groups of well-known researchers are increasingly coming together to find better ways to identify and hinder attackers.

As attackers become more skilled at quiet, targeted attacks, traditional defenses are failing to catch them. While some security companies, for example, can search their logs of blocked programs for evidence that their products stopped Flame, it took the antivirus industry at least four years to detect the attack.

The lack of success has frustrated a number of researchers, such as Guido. With Dai Zovi and former VMWare researcher Alexander Sotirov, the one-time security consultant and occasional professor created Trail of Bits, a company focused on analyzing attacks and finding the best ways to help its clients defend their networks and data.

[ The White House’s first cybersecurity coordinator says it’s time for the federal government to begin implementing its blueprints for secure identities and its international strategy for cybersecurity. See Former White House Cybersecurity Czar Calls For Security Action. ]

Similar reasons drove George Kurtz to start up CrowdStrike with Dmitri Alperovitch, former vice president of threat research at McAfee, and Gregg Marston, formerly of Foundstone, a company Kurtz co-founded in the late ’90s. There is still a lot of work to be done, but CrowdStrike is developing the ability to help companies understand who is attacking them and why they are being targeted so that they can martial their defenses around those actual threats, Kurtz says. Companies are tired of trying to keep up with the large number of threats that may be targeting them.

“There is only so many fingers that they can put into the dike, and they want to know who is in their network and how to get them out of the network,” Kurtz says. “They want to understand what they are ultimately after. By switching from a focus on … malware to moving toward figuring out who is attacking and how they are doing it, you can basically put up better defenses.”

Both companies are investing in creating intelligence on threats to better inform their clients’ defenses. And both companies hope that doing so will help companies drop out of the rat race of trying to keep up with attackers’ ability to change their code. The fact that the firms exist and have attracted a bevy of smart researchers is likely due to the high level of frustration among defenders aimed at the unending success of attackers. Such frustration led Shawn Henry — recently the executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch of the FBI — to head up CrowdStrike’s services branch.

“The problem with existing technologies and threat-mitigation tactics is they are too focused on adversary tools — malware and exploits — and not on who the adversary is and how they operate,” Henry stated in written testimony (PDF) to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Homeland Security in April. “Ultimately, until we focus on the enemy and take the fight to them to raise their cost of attack, we will fail because they will always get thorough.”

Companies have enough information to understand attackers and gain better information on the threats to their business, but lack the tools to turn that data into a strategy for stopping attackers, Guido says.

“In reality, data on attackers is widely available in published security industry reports, but many organizations have trouble interpreting this data and making it actionable,” he says. “The difficulty in achieving this vision will be in making the knowledge and tools to perform this analysis widespread.”