Bob Sullivan, Independent Journalist formerly with MSNBC and NBC News

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Session A – 09:00am – 10:15am
Infosec 501: A crash master’s course in cybersecurity
Why most hacks happen; advanced hacking techniques and security essentials; effective use of network intrusion, detection and analysis tools.


Session B – 10:45am – 12:00pm
Show and Tell: How hackers think, and what tools they use
A server on a stick. USB cable Trojan horses. Computer mice that can hack a network in seconds. The latest gadgets hackers use to break into networks — why they are so hard to spot, why you (and your employees) need to learn to think like a hacker.


Session C – 1:30pm – 2:45 pm
Equifax and Ethics
The cascade of errors that led to one of the most important hacks ever; lessons learned from hours of interviews with insiders about what went wrong before and after the attack.  Then, a discussion of ethical issues that arise when IT departments engage in “self-defense.” For example:  Is “hack back”  a good idea,  a felony (or both?). So you’ve found a vulnerability in someone else’s system — now what?


Session D – 3:15pm – 04:30pm
Talking tech: When hackers IT staff and privacy / compliance staff talk past each other

Why compliance is often the enemy of security; why not all encryption is created (or implemented) equally; why two-factor authentication isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, why it’s been cracked, and what mobile networks are (finally) doing about it; the trouble with the “see, detect, and arrest” model; the importance protecting data at inception; how to tell the difference between a 1-alarm fire and a 5-alarm fire; why it’s problematic for CISOs to report to CIOs.



Bob Sullivan

Independent Journalist
formerly with MSNBC & NBC News