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Cybersecurity & Privacy Event

Presented by the Cybersecurity and Privacy Committee

April 11, 2012

    The Anatomy of an Enterprise Cyberattack

    In 2009, Chinese hackers began stealing sensitive intellectual property from U.S. oil, gas and petrochemical companies. The attacks were attributed to the Chinese based on recognition of Chinese hacking tools previously identified on underground hacking sites and the attacks apparent origin in Beijing. Termed “Night Dragon,” these attacks included social engineering, spear-phishing attacks, exploitation of Microsoft Windows OS vulnerabilities, Microsoft Active Directory compromises and the use of remote administration tools. McAfee, who identified the attacks, reported that the Night Dragon attacks had been going on for at least two years, possibly as many as four. While Night Dragon was aimed at oil, gas and petrochemical companies, the same trajectory was used in the RSA and Lockheed Martin attacks. During this educational forum, attendees will learn from industry experts:

  • How and where malicious attacks begin
  • Why the complexity of corporate computer systems makes it so difficult to tie malicious activity together
  • The path attacks take within an organization’s infrastructure
  • What motivates hackers to go to such extraordinary lengths
  • The role law enforcement plays in investigating and prosecuting malicious hacking
  • How organizations and government assess the damage of these attacks
  • How attackers benefit; what their goals and objectives are
  • Additional measures organizations should engage in to protect their intellectual property

  • Moderator:

    Mark Fabro, President and Chief Security Scientist, Lofty Perch


    John Caruthers, Supervisory Special Agent (SSA), FBI Headquarters, Cyber Division
    Kenneth A. Schmutz, Supervisory Special Agent (SSA), FBI Headquarters, Cyber Division
    Zach Tudor, Program Director, Computer Science Laboratory, SRI International


    John Caruthers and Kenneth A. Schmutz
    Zach Tudor


    Industry Exclusive Sponsor: Morrison & Foerster
    Platinum Sponsors: Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions; Telos Corporation; Verisign
    Gold Sponsor: SecureInfo Corporation; tw telecom
    Silver Sponsors: Virginia Commerce Bank; Welz & Weisel Communications
    Media Partner: 1105 Government Information Group

    For more information about sponsorships for this event and committee, click here

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