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Active Defense - Helping threat actors hack themselves! - Matt Scheurer BSides Columbus Ohio 2018 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Active Defense - Helping threat actors hack themselves!
Matt Scheurer
BSides Columbus Ohio 2018

Have you ever received one of those data breach notification letters in the mail? The amends provided for having your personal data compromised is typically in the form of free short-term credit monitoring services. An entire Information Security industry segment has sprung up around Data Loss Prevention (DLP) aimed at stopping confidential data from being "leaked" out of an organization's boundaries for unauthorized use. What if the data breach perpetrators got a healthy dose of their own medicine instead of your private data? We cannot "hack back" legally today, but perhaps we can lure these malicious threat actors into actually hacking themselves... This presentation covers "Active Defense" techniques designed to frustrate data bandits attempting to steal and ex-filtrate our data. The focus of this presentation is on actively defending a live public facing website. We begin by covering methods to shield innocent users by protecting them from our active defenses. We take advantage of a malicious visitor’s impulse to break all the rules by setting traps designed to ensnare those attempting to steal data. The techniques covered involve faking accidental exposure and baiting traps using fictitious files and data too irresistible for cyber thieves to ignore. I then demonstrate deployable techniques used to fight back without launching a single attack.

Matt Scheurer is a Systems Security Engineer working in the Financial Services industry and serves as Chair of the Cincinnati Networking Professionals Association Security Special Interest Group (CiNPA Security SIG). He holds a CompTIA Security+ Certification and possesses multiple Microsoft Certifications including MCP, MCPS, MCTS, MCSA, and MCITP. He has presented on numerous Information Security topics as a featured speaker at many local area technology groups. Matt also had notable speaking engagements as a presenter at DerbyCon 5.0, DerbyCon 7.0, and the 10th Annual Northern Kentucky University Cyber Security Symposium. Matt maintains active memberships in a number of professional organizations including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Cincinnati Networking Professionals Association (CiNPA), and Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). In addition to managing the CiNPA Security SIG, Matt is also a regular attendee at monthly Information Security meetings for 2600, Ohio Information Security Forum (OISF), and Cincinnati Security MBA (SMBA).


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