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Webinar: Ransomware: Breaking the Criminal Business Model


Ryan Olson
Intelligence Director
Palo Alto Networks


Scott Simkin
Senior Threat Intelligence Manager
Palo Alto Networks


ISACA Members Earn Free CPE

Date: Thursday, 9 June 2016
Time: 12PM (EDT) / 11AM (CDT) / 9AM (PDT) / 16:00 (UTC)


Ransomware isn’t a malware problem, but a criminal business mode. Cyber attackers have perfected the key components of a ransomware attack, earning significant revenue from their malicious activity. Impacted organizations may face significant monetary loss in order to free their data, as well as operational impacts from loss of critical systems.

The standard answer to ransomware infections has been to pay up or give up, but there are better approaches that can prevent this threat before it gets into your organization. This session will share the latest ransomware research by Unit 42, the Palo Alto Networks threat research team, as well as how to architect your security posture to prevent this critical threat.

You will learn:

  • Evolution of ransomware
  • Methods of infection
  • Key ways to prevent and recover
  • The future of ransomware

Ryan is responsible for collection, analysis, and production of intelligence on adversaries who target organizations around the world. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Olson served as Senior Manager in Verisign’s iDefense Threat Intelligence service. His area of expertise is detecting and identifying actors and groups conducting cyber-crime and cyber-espionage operations. He is a contributing author to the book,"Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures," and primary author of "Cyber Security Essentials." He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science degree in Security Informatics from Johns Hopkins University.

Scott leads efforts to analyze new attacks, profile adversaries, and expose new campaigns with the Unit 42 threat research team. His role includes all threat research, threat intelligence platforms, and information sharing efforts at Palo Alto Networks. He has broad experience across network security, including cloud-based security services, advanced anti-malware products, and bringing innovative new threat intelligence products to market. Prior to joining Palo Alto, Scott held a broad range of responsibilities during a five-year tenure at Cisco Systems, including leading their threat research program. Scott is a seasoned speaker on Cybersecurity topics, including the RSA conference, among others.