Barbarians in the Throne Room

  • Date 06 Jun 2017

Barbarians in the Throne Room

06 Jun 2017, 10:55 - 11:40

Intelligent Defence


"Often defenders worry about the intangible security problems. Defenders need to concentrate their efforts defending the enterprise by focusing on the fundamentals. Too often issues such as patching or system configuration failures lead to system compromise. These along with issues such as SQL injection are preventable problems. Defenders can best protect their digital assets by first understanding the sheer magnitude that a data breach can have on an enterprise. 

Yahoo is a prime example of how the balance has changed for defenders from that of an annoyance regarding a data breach to an issue with potentially severe financial penalties. They have publicly confirmed 2 major data breaches and the most recent disclosure concerns 1 billion records.

In this talk I review my findings after analyzing data breach disclosures as they pertain to what went wrong and how can defenders counter the issues that lead to these massive data breaches."

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Greater understanding of the threats
  2. Views into the data of breached companies
  3. What were the actual avenues of compromise
  4. How to better protect an enterprise
  5. How to avoid becoming the next headline



  • Dave Lewis


    Global Security Advocate

    Akamai Technologies

    Dave Lewis has two decades of industry experience. He has extensive experience in IT operations and management. Currently, Lewis is a Global Security...

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