Cyber Security Events To Attend This Fall

Attending face-to-face events does wonders for career networking and acquiring knowledge, plus it’s always incredibly helpful to see the latest advancements in technology first-hand, view a new tool in action, or simply get some answers to questions you have from industry experts.

This becomes even more important if your organization wants to stay up to date with the latest security trends and ahead of the ever-evolving cyber threats, especially with such a quickly evolving threat-landscape we are faced with today. If this is the case, then attending these top-notch cyber security conferences in the months ahead should be a priority for you and your security team, whether you are a C-level executive, a security operations manager or security analyst, there will be something there to benefit you.

There are a growing number of events taking place around the globe with cyber security as its main focus this fall. These gather tech enthusiasts, developers, pioneers, security experts, and many other masterminds, all at the same venue with a single goal in mind – to improve their cyber security ecosystem. Picking the conferences and summits a company should attend may be a real challenge as there are so many to choose from and this is exactly why we prepared a quick guide on some of the most exciting events to be at, large and small alike. It’s not too late to plan your travel!

So, here’s the lineup of our top-rated cyber security events where DFLabs will be present, that will give you the opportunity to chat with your peers, attend presentations and hear keynotes, engage in discussions about the dark web, cyber espionage, malware and more importantly, incident response and how to detect, respond to and remediate potential security incidents, as well as many other topics.

SANS Threat Hunting & IR Summit

6-7 September 2018, New Orleans, US

This two-day in-depth summit is focused on the latest in threat hunting and incident response techniques that can be used to successfully identify, contain and eliminate adversaries targeting your networks. The summit will put special focus on the effectiveness of threat hunting in reducing the dwell time of adversaries, providing actionable threat hunting strategies, as well as tools, tactics, and techniques that can be used to improve the defense of companies’ organization.  Our Senior Product Manager, John Moran, will also be speaking on the subject of “Threat Hunting Using Live Box Forensics”.

Security Case Study 2018

13-14 September, 2018, Warsaw, Poland

The SCS conference consists of presentations from leading world authorities in the cyber security realm. This conference gathers leading international companies with presentations focused on cyber security, as well as guests from all around the globe, while maintaining a large Polish presence. DFLabs, along with its Polish based partner, Orion Instruments Polska, will be engaging with the audience during live presentations, as well as on the exhibition floor during this 2-day event.

LogPoint Think In 2018

18-19 September, Copenhagen, Denmark

DFLabs is a proud sponsor of Think In 2018, LogPoint’s first ever customers and partners conference.  With the recent integration of LogPoint’s SIEM with DFLabs’ SOAR solution, this conference will provide a unique opportunity to connect with both organizations in one place and enable you to ask important questions in relation to how this joint solution can support your business needs. See first-hand a comprehensive joint demonstration during the live briefing sessions regarding how to integrate an effective incident response program combining the power of SIEM and SOAR technology.  

GovWare 2018

18-20 September, Singapore

GovWare is into its 27th year and is the cornerstone event for the Singapore International Cyber Week featuring the latest trends in all things cybersecurity, focused around the Government sector. DFLabs with its partner PCS Security will be showcasing its solutions to “Control Your Cloud”, where you can learn how to create a more efficient and effective response to cyber security incidents.

SINET Global Cybersecurity Innovation Summit

18-19 September, London, UK

SINET is dedicated to building a cohesive, worldwide cybersecurity community with the goal of accelerating innovation through collaboration. SINET is a catalyst that connects senior level private and government security professionals with solution providers, buyers, researchers and investors. DFLabs is delighted to be participating in and sponsoring this London event to share knowledge and broaden the awareness and adoption of innovative cybersecurity technologies.

it-sa – The IT Security Expo and Congress

9-11 October, Nuremberg, Germany

it-sa is Europe’s largest exhibition for IT security and one of the most important worldwide events where experts will be providing information on current issues, strategies and technical solutions.  In partnership with Softshell, DFLabs will be showcasing its latest solution features to enable organizations to transform their security operations, acting as a force multiplier for their security team to decrease the time to detect and resolve incidents.

GITEX 2018

14-18 October, Dubai, UAE

If you’re talking technology within the Middle East, Africa and Asia, GITEX is the place to be. Right from world-famous industry names to Silicon Valley’s hottest startups, everyone heads to GITEX in anticipation of big business partnerships, future-ready gear and booming success.  As the largest technology event in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, see new technologies and innovation come alive. During GITEX Technology Week, DFLabs will be available with our partner RAS Infotech at booth G02.

If you are attending one or more of these events, or even if your aren’t able to attend and would like to learn more about our ever-evolving Security Orchestration, Automation and Response platform and to improve the performance of your security program, do make sure to get in touch, whether for an informal chat, a more formal discussion or to see a live demo.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you there!

Upcoming Cyber Security Events to Attend and Why

Regardless of the number of cyber security events you attend, their specific focus, size or location, there are always several important items on the agenda and key takeaways for both security professionals and security vendors alike, which keeps us going back for more.

Cyber security professionals attend these events to gather with people who share the same interest and expertise as they do, to learn about new and upcoming things in the industry, to network and meet people, as well as seek out potential vendor solutions to solve their common day challenges and pain points.

On the flipside, cyber security vendors want to do pretty much the same in terms of hearing about the latest trends and advancements in technologies and solutions, while taking the opportunity to meet and network with like-minded people, as today we tend to largely focus our communications less formally over email and social networks, rather than by using the old-fashioned face to face method.  If they can, they will, of course, want to showcase their solution first-hand, so the full benefits can be seen, which isn’t a bad thing, as face to face meetings are becoming somewhat few and far between.

There are literally hundreds happening daily, weekly, monthly on a global scale, too many to possibly count. Conferences and events DFLabs has recently participated in include probably the most renowned event, RSA Conference US in San Francisco, as well as last week’s GISEC event in Dubai, which were great successes, meeting with new prospects, existing customers, as well as channel and technology partners. If you didn’t get a chance to meet up with us then, feel free to drop us a line.

So how do you choose which ones to attend?  This will depend on a number of deciding factors personal to you, including your agenda, the event program, what you want to achieve, size, location, cost of attending, as well as what fits in with juggling your busy schedule and availability. If Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) is a high priority on your list, these are some of the events to look out for and plan to attend in the next few months.

InfoSecurity Europe

Upcoming Events: 5-7 June, London, UK

Coming into its 23rd year, Infosecurity Europe continues to be the main hub for cyber security professionals to gather and meet in the city once a year, featuring a comprehensive conference program with a large host of exhibitors.  With nearly 20,000 expected visitors, it is a huge networking opportunity for most, so don’t forget to register here.

With only 4 weeks to go, contact me to schedule a date and time in your diary now to meet with one of the DFLabs team.  If you don’t like the hustle and bustle of the expo floor, not a problem, we would be happy to meet in a quieter setting outside of the conference hall.  

ConnectTech Asia

Upcoming Events: 26-28 June, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

ConnectTechAsia consists of three events encompassing CommunicAsia, BroadcastAsia and its latest addition NXTAsia.  Covering the entire spectrum of communication, broadcast, and enterprise technology and services it is where technology ideas and business converge.  

Meet DFLabs at NXTAsia where you can visit us on stand #5H2-08 to learn more about how to leverage your existing security operations tools with Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) technology. Also listen to our VP of Engineering, Andrea Fumagalli to hear more about the benefits of utilizing a SOAR solution in the NXTAsia Theatre on 28th June at 15:15.  Save the date, register now and ensure you reach out to us to arrange to meet up.

SANS Summits

Upcoming Events:  Security Operations Summit, 30-31 July, New Orleans, US & Threat Hunting and Incident Response Summit, 6-7 Sept, New Orleans, US

The SANS Institute is one of the most trusted and largest sources for information security training and security certification in the world, with over 165,000 members.  Established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization, it is now home to the largest collection of research documents about various aspects of information security.  Hosting a number of summits, it educates delegates on a vast number of topics including Security Awareness, Cyber Threat Intelligence, and Security Operations to name a few.

DFLabs will be sponsoring the Security Operations Summit at the end of July, where you will be able to meet with us, as well as listen to our Lunch and Learn session hosted on Day 1.  John Moran, Senior Product Manager from DFLabs will also be speaking at the Threat Hunting and Incident Response Summit in September on the topic “Threat Hunting Using Live Box Forensics”, so save the dates in your diaries.  More information and event details are available here.  

Black Hat Conference

Upcoming Events:  4-9 August – Las Vegas, US & 3-6 December – London, UK

Black Hat is one of the most technical global information security event in the world, running for 20+ years.  It provides attendees with the very latest research, development, and trends driven by the needs of the security community in the form of briefings and trainings. You can meet some of the friendliest hackers here!

DFLabs has a booth at both events and will be networking on the floor throughout. Visit us in Vegas at booth #2329 within the Innovation City, or in London later in the year at booth #1010.  Learn more and arrange to meet us, whichever side of the pond you are on.

There will be many other upcoming opportunities to meet up with us throughout the year, but if you are attending one of these events this summer and would like to organize something ahead of time, please do get in touch to arrange a suitable time and a place. We look forward to meeting you.  Or alternatively why wait? Arrange for an informal chat and a demo today.

A Weekend in Incident Response #25: Closing the Gap in U.S. Federal Agencies Cyber Security

In March, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report on the cyber performance of federal agencies, revealing that a total of 30,899 cyber incidents were reported by them in fiscal 2016. The OMB states that this is an alarming figure and that it indicates that there are significant gaps in the cyber defenses of federal agencies across the country.

According to the report, federal agencies have made good progress in improving their cyber defenses last year, but are still quite vulnerable to cyber attacks and need to ramp up their efforts for protecting their networks and data. Of the almost 31,000 incidents in 2016, a total of 16 have been designated as major incidents, which means they had the potential to threaten national security, the economy, civil liberties, or relations with foreign countries. With this in mind, federal agencies need to keep stepping up their efforts for strengthening their defense against cyber attacks.

Detecting and Preventing Malware and Phishing Attacks

Given that the report states the vast majority of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies involved phishing attacks and malware infections, they are now advised to look into improving their capabilities to respond to these types of attacks and detect and prevent them in the future. There are a couple of ways this can be done. When talking about cyber incident response, one of the most cost-effective and efficient solutions is employing an automation-and-orchestration cyber incident response platform, capable of keeping cyber security events under control, mitigating risks and improving an organization’s ability to prevent future attacks.

These platforms have wide-ranging features that give Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) the opportunity to detect, track and predict cyber security breaches immediately. There are platforms that can help reduce reaction times when responding to an incident, through the employment of automated playbooks designed to accelerate the response to specific types of attacks – such as malware or phishing attacks, which are often faced by government agencies.

Integrated Knowledge Base to Guide You Through the Response Process

Through the use of those playbooks, as well as the available integrated knowledge base, cyber security professionals can quickly identify where an attack is coming from and determine the location of the infected or breached device or part of the network, and follow that up with the containment of the damage to prevent it from spreading.

What’s more, these types of platforms can create automatically generated reports on every incident, in addition to collecting digital evidence for forensic investigations, allowing for the quick notification of law enforcement and provide them with the necessary documentation, thus complying with data breach notification and reporting regulations.

This approach can increase cyber security teams’ ability to resolve incidents in a timely manner and prevent government agencies from losing valuable and sensitive data that could be used by attackers for ransomware or to damage the country’s critical infrastructure.