Elytron: Next-Generation Security for Java Servers

Elytron is a set of Java APIs and SPIs for application server security. Although it was developed to unify security across the WildFly application server, Elytron is an open-source, standalone library that can theoretically be used in other Java server environments. Within WildFly, Elytron has replaced the combination of PicketBox and the Java Authentication and […]

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25 Techniques to Gather Threat Intel and Track Actors

In recent years, we have delivered many talks detailing threat actors, their operations, and their tools. How did we conduct such research and gather such intel? In this talk, we share 25 techniques for gathering threat intel and tracking actors (for example: crimeware (undisclosed) vulnerabilities, C&C misconfig, and underground marketplaces). We explain our use of […]

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HomeBrew: Developing Your Own (Threat) Intel

We see “threat feeds” discussed online quite often, but what are these really and how do we employ them? When these “threat feeds” are lists of IP addresses, domains, and file hashes, how do we then make use of these within our own infrastructure or organization? It turns out that if you’re a security analyst as […]

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Translating a Lifetime of Learning into Cyber Risk Management

Everyone’s path is different. Maybe you’ve got a computer science, or even an information security degree. Or maybe your classrooms were basements, garages, and the Internet as you wrestled knowledge from every nook and cranny you could find. Somewhere along the line you got a job (and perhaps some on-the-job training to go with it). […]

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Pragmatic Cloud Security: The Future is Now

Cloud is a new frontier that requires new architectures, higher velocity processes and crisper business-level metrics—none which are really strengths of security programs and practitioners. Given that everything cloud is automated and API-enabled, security teams now have a big opportunity to build and embed security into the cloud technology stack. From continuous guardrails to automated workflows and […]

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Building Bespoke Threat Intelligence Enrichment Platforms

The aggregation, normalization, enrichment, and contextualization of threat data and intelligence en masse necessitates a robust mix of innovation, automation, and flexibility. The Threat Analyst Workbench should provide mechanisms for extracting data from internal and external sources and building catalogues of intelligence. It should facilitate the analyst to characterize threats, identify outcomes, develop courses of […]

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How to Spot a Fake: Improve Your Security Operations with Real-world AI

AI and machine learning are increasingly popular buzzwords cybersecurity, but not all AI techniques deliver the same value for every use case. Security professionals need to understand the different applications of AI and machine learning and how they can best be applied to address an organization’s specific needs. The potential of data science, artificial intelligence […]

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The Hunt is on! Advanced Memory Forensics Meets NextGen Actionable Threat Intelligence

Cyber attacks continue to increase in severity and sophistication.  A new era of attacks have become more ubiquitous and dangerous in nature.  Malware has become much better at hiding its presence on the host machine.  However, one place it cannot hide for long is in the volatile memory of the computer system. The purpose of this […]

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Barbarians At The Gate(way): An Examination Of The Attacker’s Tool Box

Attackers are always trying their best to breach your network to steal the secret sauce hidden inside. This session will delve into the attacker’s tool set and focus on the types of attacks that are being leveraged against companies today. I will examine tools, case studies and my own war stories.

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The Future of Privacy

CIPPIC, the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic, is Canada’s only public interest technology law clinic. CIPPIC is unique in Canada, bringing together a team of expert legal professionals and students to advocate for the public interest in policy debates arising from the intersection of law and technology. Defense of privacy rights and […]

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Metasploit Community: Tips, Tricks and What’s New

Let’s talk Metasploit! Come learn how the community is building tools that work not just for the single user, but for the whole team. Jeffrey will begin the presentation by discussing basic usage and capabilities, and then explore the roads less traveled as well as some new paths currently being explored in Metasploit Framework. Audience members will […]

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Breach Happens: Effectively Responding to a Data Breach

Data breaches are the new reality, with the severity and cost of reported breaches escalating constantly. How an organization responds, and how prepared they are in the event of a breach can mean the difference between swift recovery and extended business interruption. This talk will cover: Pre-Breach planning and readiness Incident Response during a breach […]

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Threat hunting demystified – Strengthening risk management through proactive investigation and response

Despite billions spent on security technology each year, it seems little progress has been made to reclaim the advantage from attackers.  Modest reconnaissance by a malicious actor often results in a better understanding of an environment than the defenders who own and operate it.  At the heart of the problem lies one simple truth: know […]

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TLS Tools for Blue Teams

TLS can cause problems for security teams, breaking TLS or ignoring TLS are common modus operandi, both are flawed and expose organizations to weaknesses. This session focusses on the management of TLS from a blue team perspective, without either ignoring or breaking TLS implementations. We will discuss specific tooling, FingerPrinTLS and TLSProxy will be the […]

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Privileged Access Security for Hybrid Cloud: Secure Amazon, Azure and Google Environments

Organizations are increasingly moving workloads to hosted Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environments. In many cases, they are extending their data centers across one or more IaaS providers, creating hybrid cloud environments. This session will explore best practices for extending data centers to hosted environments, and review how to secure privileged access to hosted infrastructure and virtual machines […]

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“BlueBorne” Explained – New Attack Vector Exposing 5B+ Devices

Called “Bluetooth’s Stagefright moment,” the Blueborne attack vector identified in September exposed 5B+ devices to hacking. It impacted major mobile, desktop, and IoT operating systems, including Android, Windows, Linux, and iOS. Blueborne attacks devices via Bluetooth in a manner never seen before, and spreads through the air (airborne). Users do not need to be on […]

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Power Up/Level Up: Supercharging Your Security Program for Cloud and DevOps

Few things have ever transformed the practice and technology of information technology than the dual impacts of cloud computing and DevOps. In this executive session we will detail specific strategies and tactics for transforming your security organization without orphaning your historical investments. This won’t be generic policy mumbo-jumbo; comes learn the hard-earned lessons from dozens […]

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Weapons of a Pentester

In this session Nick will demonstrate and review a list of physical and digital tools used by professional pentesters and red teams in the industry. Tools that will be demonstrated and showcased include: Metasploit (Exploit Framework) BeEF (Browser Exploitation Framework) Physical lock testing (Lock pick set – Snap gun, and lock pick card) Hak5 – […]

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Developing Your Career in IT Security (2017)

The IT security industry continues to rapidly evolve. With this rate of change comes both opportunity and challenges. There are more areas of specialization and more types of employers to apply them to. Come to what will certainly be a spirited and exciting panel session on how very different segments of the industry are viewing […]

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GDPR for Canadian Organisations – What you need to know!

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes in to force on May 25th 2018 and many Canadian organisations are unsure if they even have to comply, let alone how. During this session, Bruce will take you through not only what the GDPR is and how it may impact you, but common questions and scenarios Canadian […]

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The Cyberwar Playbook: Financial Services as Critical Infrastructure

How would you hack a bank? In this talk, we discuss how to improve the protection our nation’s critical private-sector cyber infrastructure, using financial services institutions as a case study, and highlight potential exploit chains and vulnerabilities in people, process, and technology. We begin with a thought experiment: if cyberwar were to break out tomorrow, […]

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Security Training in a (Virtual) Box

We have designed a virtual training environment that allows the user to step through the quintessential phases of an attack: reconnaissance, scanning and enumeration, gaining access, maintaining access, and covering tracks. Licensed for reuse under Creative Commons, the materials can immediately be used for education and training purposes by attendees. We focus on what can be expected from […]

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Best Practices to Secure Application Containers and Microservices

Containers such as Docker and CoreOS Rkt deliver incredible capabilities to developers and operators and are powering the DevOps revolution in application development and deployment. Docker in particular has taken industry by storm, resulting in over 8 billion downloads and 500,000+ containerized applications in this open source platform. With all this new-found power comes significant […]

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FAIL Panel Version 5 – EquiFAIL!

In 2012, we talked about the APT. In 2013, we talked about BYOD and Consumerized IT. In 2014, it was #failAMA. In 2015, Ben Sapiro FAILED to submit an abstract. In 2016, James was VOLUNTOLD to do the thing. It’s 2017, and the voluntoldee said yes again. This is the time when we talk about […]

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How to Ramp Up Security Operations to Stop Advanced Threats

As attacks have become more sophisticated and continue to evolve, static technologies can’t keep up. Siloed solutions fragment your defenses. It takes power and precision to stop attacks. Join this session where we will explore; Do you have an intelligent, orchestrated and automated approach to prevent, detect and respond to threats? How did GFL Environmental […]

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NOAH: Uncover the Evil Within! Respond Immediately by Collecting All the Artifacts Agentlessly

Imagine the moment when you realize that a malicious threat actor has compromised your network and is currently going through your confidential information. Faced with this dreadful scenario, you initiate an Incident Response. We have built an open source Incident Response framework based on PowerShell to help security investigation responders gather a vast number of […]

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Securing Shopify’s PaaS on GKE

Shopify has leveraged Kubernetes through Google Container Engine (GKE) to build its new cloud platform. This PaaS is currently serving the majority of the company’s internal tools as well as business-critical production workloads. Moving to Kubernetes and a public cloud is no easy task, especially for a security team. Unfortunately for us, a hosted solution […]

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Fighting Cyber(in)security

In this epoch of big data, we have reached a cybersecurity crisis – over 4 billion personal accounts compromised just in the past few years, not to mention multiple power grids. Advanced technologies, ranging from blockchain to quantum computing are emerging, but there are still big questions about how they can help. Fortunately, a band […]

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Does a BEAR Leak in the Woods? What the DNC breach, Guccifer and Russian APT’s have taught us about attribution analysis

The June 2016 revelations of the DNC breach by two Russia-based advanced persistent threat groups was only the beginning of a series of strategic leaks and conflicting attribution claims. In this presentation we’ll demonstrate techniques used to identify additional malicious infrastructure, evaluate the validity of “faketivists” like the Guccifer 2.0 persona, and strengths and gaps […]

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Breaking the Laws of Robotics: Attacking Industrial Robots

Industrial robots are complex cyber-physical systems used for manufacturing, and are a critical component of any modern factory. These robots aren’t just electromechanical devices but include complex embedded controllers, which are often interconnected with other computers in the factory network, safety systems, and to the Internet for remote monitoring and maintenance. In this scenario, industrial […]

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The quantum threat: what really matters today?

Quantum computers will break currently deployed public-key cryptography (RSA, ECC, Diffie-Hellman, etc.) which is one of the pillars of modern-day cybersecurity. Thus, we need to migrate our systems and practices to ones that cannot be broken by quantum computers before large-scale quantum computers are built. Impressive progress in developing the building blocks of a fault-tolerant […]

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Botract – Abusing smart contracts and blockchain for botnet command and control

In this talk, we discuss a possible new technique where hackers could abuse smart contracts that are deployed on the blockchain as means of command and control (C2) for botnets. We call this novel technique ‘botract’; derived by merging two words: ‘bot’ and ‘contract’. In this talk, we describe how hackers can exploit smart contracts […]

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Lies and Damn Lies: Getting Past the Hype Of Endpoint Security Solutions

The endpoint protection space is a hot market right now. With statistics showing malware creation ranging from 300,000 to 1 million pieces a day, traditional signatures just can’t keep up. Ask any vendor about their solution and you get inundated with the marketing hype, machine learning, artificial intelligence, math models, and lions, tigers and bears! […]

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Threat Hunting an Evolving Malware Campaign and the Actors Behind It

Threat actors need to constantly evolve their techniques to remain undetectable or their campaigns, once exposed, will cease operation. This briefing will take an in-depth, entertaining look at the ever evolving campaign that was thought to have been nearly eradicated. This campaign and the actors behind it have not only continued to operate behind the […]

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The Black Art of Wireless Post-Exploitation

Most forms of WPA2-EAP have been broken for nearly a decade. EAP-TTLS and EAP-PEAP have long been susceptible to evil twin attacks, yet most enterprise organizations still rely on these technologies to secure their wireless infrastructure. The reason for this is that the secure alternative, EAP-TLS, is notoriously arduous to implement. To compensate for the […]

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After the Incident: DIY Forensic Collection

Description: When it comes to a post incident self-collection of digital data such as: employee dismissal, data exfiltration, inappropriate behavior/computer usage, or security breach, there is potential for litigation. Whatever the situation, IT personnel should utilize forensic best practices to assure that the information is accurate, admissible, and that the data and original sources are […]

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Reverse Engineering Automotive Diagnostics

Automotive diagnostics provide access for manufacturing, service, and forensics of automotive systems, and are present in nearly every vehicle on the road today. These systems provide a large attack surface, and often contain undocumented features. Unfortunately, information about these systems is proprietary, and tools for interacting with them are expensive. In this talk, we’ll introduce […]

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Improving Incident Response for ICS

Defending an ICS (Industrial Control System) requires additional considerations beyond the approach of traditional IT Security. For example, ICS incident responders are tasked with extracting forensic data for threat analysis and implementing indicators of compromise for threat mitigation as quickly as possible. All of this is expected while continuing to maintain the physical safety and […]

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Gitting Betrayed: How agile practices can make you vulnerable

Trust is an implicit requirement of doing business. At some point, we must trust employees, peers, and technology to a degree. The lack of proper management or understanding of these various trust relationships is a leading cause of security exposure. This talk will cover the analysis and exploitation of the trust relationships between code, platforms, […]

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Disrupting the Mirai Botnet

The Mirai botnet has brought public awareness to the danger of poorly secured embedded devices. Its ability to propagate is fast and reliable. Its impact can be devastating and variants of it will be around for a long time. You need to identify it, stop it, and prevent its spread. I had the opportunity to […]

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Rootkits vs Ransomware 2.0. Using evil to fight for good

Your company has been hit by ransomware. What do you do? Well, if you are a regular security system administrator, your next steps are restoring from backups (you have backups, right?), deploying behavior-based IDS/IPS or updated antivirus, and waiting for the next attack. But you’re not a regular security admin, are you? You’re a security […]

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A Deep Dive into the Digital Weapons of Mysterious Cyber Army

Being one of the most isolated and secretive nations on the earth, from the Sony Picture breach to the WannaCry attack, cyber-attacks from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) seem to be more and more aggressive than before. Based on our observations, the North Korea cyber army has expanded their campaign to target not […]

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Insider Threat Analytics & Anomalous Behaviors

Employee suspicious access, behavior abuse, and exfiltration of confidential data could all be a result of Insider Threat. We need a new innovative way of thinking about security as rule, pattern and signature-based solutions are evaded easily. Learn how user & entity behavior analytics (UEBA) and Identity Analytics (IdA) leveraging the context of open choice […]

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Security consideration for Microservices using Container Technology

Continuous Deployment and Cloud applications offer new opportunities in cyber security in allowing flexibility and rapid reaction to the ever-changing demands to protect cyber assets. However, new technologies also offer new possibilities and require new approaches in evaluating and improving the security posture for software applications as well as the infrastructure. This talk will explore […]

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Building a Secure Foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT)

Connected devices provide a way for businesses to improve their operations and to provide enhanced services to customers.  They also can introduce significant security risks, as many devices that are now being connected were not designed with security in mind.  The fundamentals of the old adage of “garbage in, garbage out” are critical for IoT […]

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Moving Up the Security Maturity Curve – The Sisyphean Task

Compressed timelines, skill gaps, staff shortages, and an endless sea of new security technology options challenge organizations to keep pace with rapidly advancing threats. It’s easy for technology leaders to fall into the trap of spending their entire budget on bigger firewalls and trendy new endpoint solutions, while ignoring the simple things. Sometimes the best […]

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Decoding Cyberespionage from Insider Mistakes

People are not computers. This seems like an obvious statement, but many of our security controls treat people as though they are neat streams of code. This can cause problems when it comes to insider threat programs. If we approach insider threat analysis as a black and white then we risk more than wasted time […]

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Boosting Canada’s Cyber Immune System for Internet Health

As adversaries develop ways to make money through cybercrime and the number of attackers and suppliers of cybercrime tools are growing, organizations are finding it more difficult to protect themselves. This environment increasingly resembles an organism under attack from countless viruses, bacteria, parasites and toxic substances. To effectively defend against these threats, we can use […]

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Prioritizing Vulnerability Remediation From an Attacker’s Perspective

While IT departments constantly battle against a tsunami of ever-increasing volumes of annual vulnerability disclosures, lack of visibility into the attacker’s perspective means that they retain an advantage, and still continue to breach organizations, causing massive damages to business. In this presentation, we will discuss a year-long study of vulnerability attributes, exploits and attack trends […]

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The Spy in Your Pocket

You walk into a meeting and the person you are about to talk to informs you that they will be video and audio recording everything. Would that change what you might say or do? What if we told you that your mobile device could be doing that, or worse, to you already? Visit this session […]

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