March 21, 2018 (Wednesday)
Meeting Topic: Cyber Security
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Center for Internet Security, East Greenbush, NY
Enter at the front of the facility and sign in at the Security Desk
Presenter: Stacey A. Wright, Senior Intel Manager at the Center for Internet Security
Ms. Wright will present two topics: (1) Cybercrime and Defenses: a 101 Introduction; and (2) Cryptocurrencies: the Current Threat Landscape. Each presentation will last 1 hour. For those interested in attending the second presentation, that will start following a short break.
Cybercrime and Defenses: a 101 Introduction The news seems to be filled with stories of ransomware locking out entire departments from their computers, DDoS attacks shutting down websites, and data dumps containing passwords or other sensitive information. Trying to understand these attacks can seem overwhelming, almost like learning a foreign language while holding a dictionary and standing in the capital of a foreign country. This presentation will explain the base concepts behind some of the most common cyber incidents affecting state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments. We’ll cover a couple of types of malware, including ransomware and financial trojans, as well as botnets, SQLi, and DDoS attacks, explaining not just what the terms mean, but the damage they can cause your department, and how the best recommendations help to prevent or mitigate the attacks. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about cybercrime and defenses, but didn’t want ask or were confused by a highly technical explanation, this is the session for you.
Cryptocurrencies:he Current Threat Landscape Cryptocurrencies are all the rage. Everyone is watching the price of bitcoins. Those in-the-know are talking about Litecoin, Monero, Ethereum, Ripple, and Stellar Lumens, to name a few of the coins that are available if you know where to look. For the rest of us, it’s a bewildering array of new concepts from what a coin, wallet, and blockchain are, to how it compares to fiat currency, and why this even matters. In this session we’ll discuss the history of cryptocurrencies and how they are different from the traditional online and fiat currencies, explain distributed ledgers, and take a peek into the criminal activity they facilitate. You know that cryptocurrencies are changing the cyber threat landscape, here’s your chance to understand how they are bringing to light new crimes, including kidnapping and armed robbery for wallets, and facilitating a broad new range of cybercrimes from ransomware and extortion to hoaxes, while introducing new complexities to the cybersecurity specialists job description.
Meeting Fee: There is a $10.00 fee for all attendees. Please pay in cash or by check (make payable to ASIS - Albany Chapter) at the Security Desk.
Breakfast: A hot breakfast will be provided.
RSVP: Please RSVP via email to Sean Zabinski by Friday, March 16th