Monday, June 10, 2019

The sights and sounds from the Talos Threat Research Summit


More than 250 threat hunters, network defenders and analysts gathered ahead of Cisco Live for the second annual Talos Threat Research Summit on Sunday.

The conference by defenders, for defenders, returned this year after the inaugural event in 2018 to San Diego, where speakers passed on their knowledge of writing detection, stopping phishing attacks responding to ransomware, and more.

Liz Wharton, the vice president of operations and strategy at security firm Prevailion, kicked off the day with her keynote address, where she passed on her first-hand knowledge from handling a recent ransomware attack in Atlanta that took the city government offline for weeks.

Wharton discussed how governments and organizations can prepare ahead of time for these attacks, and what the appropriate responses are to these attackers.

You can view a recorded, livestreamed version of her keynote below (apologies for the low-quality audio).

Other speakers included James Cox, a network server team manager for Howard County, Maryland. Cox was at the forefront of the response to a recent denial-of-service attack on the county's 911 system. You can read a full breakdown of Cox's talk, and the attack, over at the Cisco Newsroom.

We ended the day with a Q&A session with Talos leadership. Attendees asked about the appropriate responses to ransomware attacks, how we develop protections, and more. You can view to entire Q&A below.


Thanks to everyone who came out to this year's Threat Research Summit. We look forward to being back (and bigger) in 2020.

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