Preparing for Cyber War: Strategy and Force Posture in the Information-Centric World

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Dmitri Alperovitch VP Threat Research, McAfee
Marcus Sachs Director, SANS Internet Storm Center
Phyllis Schneck VP Threat Intelligence, McAfee
Ed Skoudis Founder & Senior Security Consultant, InGuardians

Cyber warfare is the new hot topic of debate in political and military circles in Washington. This panel of cyber policy experts will explore the definition and reality of a cyber warfare threat, focusing on offensive capabilities and military doctrines of our potential nation-state adversaries, debate the deterrence strategies, and operational and legal frameworks guiding the use of defensive and offensive capabilities of the United States. Finally, the panel will discuss the range of options available to US policy makers for preparing for and responding to a cyber attack on this country.

Dmitri Alperovitch is VP of Threat Research at McAfee. He leads the company’s research in Internet threat intelligence analysis, focusing on mail, web, malware and other network threats. Mr. Alperovitch is a leading inventor of numerous patent-pending technologies, including company’s industry-leading in-the-cloud reputation service, TrustedSource. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of information security, he has accomplished extensive research in the areas of reputation systems, spam detection, public-key and identity-based cryptography, as well as network intrusion detection and prevention. Mr. Alperovitch has significant experience working as a subject-matter expert with all levels of U.S. and International law enforcement on analysis, investigations and profiling of transnational organized criminal activities. In addition, he is a recognized authority on online organized criminal activity and cyber security, and has been quoted in numerous articles, including those by Associated Press, Business Week, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Washington Post. He has been a featured speaker and panelist at numerous law-enforcement, industry and academic security conferences. Mr. Alperovitch holds a Master of Science in Information Security and a Bachelor of Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Since 2003, Marcus Sachs has served as the director of the SANS Internet Storm Center, an all-volunteer Internet early warning service sponsored by the SANS Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. The organization traces its roots back to the Y2K era, when a group of Internet security professionals began exchanging technical information via shared databases. Sachs retired from the U.S. Army in 2001 following a 20 year career as an engineer and systems automation officer, and was subsequently appointed by the President to serve in the White House Office of Cyberspace Security. Since leaving public service in 2003 he has continued to work closely with government and business stakeholders in task forces, working groups, committees, and trade associations as a cyber security expert supporting the National Security and Emergency Preparedness community in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the CSIS Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency and serves on the executive committees of both the Information Technology and the Communications Sector Coordinating Councils. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering, Science and Technology Commercialization, and Computer Science, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy.

Dr. Phyllis Schneck is Vice President and Director of Threat Intelligence for the Americas for McAfee, Inc. In this role, she is responsible for design and applications of McAfee’s threat intelligence, strategic thought leadership around technology and policy in cyber security, and leading McAfee initiatives in critical infrastructure protection and cross-sector cyber security. For more than 14 years, Dr. Schneck has had a distinguished presence in the security and infrastructure protection community, most recently as a Commissioner and a working group Co-Chair on public/private partnership for the CSIS Commission to Advise the 44th President on Cyber Security. Dr. Schneck server for eight years as a chairman of the National Board of Directors of the FBI’s InfraGard program and founding president of InfraGard Atlanta, growing the InfraGard program from 2000 to over 30,000 members nationwide. Named one of Information Security Magazine’s Top 25 Women Leaders in Information Security, Dr. Schneck briefed the Japanese Government on information sharing and infrastructure protection, and was the moderator of the White House Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta for the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace in June of 2002. She holds three patents in high-performance and adaptive information security, and has six research publications in the areas of information security, real-time systems, telecom and software engineering. Dr. Schneck received her PH.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and pioneered the field of information security and security-based high-performance computing at Georgia Tech. She maintains a seat on the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Computer Science, served on the Steering Committee for the Sam Nunn Information Security Forum as well as a term on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, and co-founded the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and the Georgia Electronic Commerce Association’s Working Group on Information Security.

Ed Skoudis is a co-founder and Senior Security Analyst with InGuardians, a Washington DC based information security consulting firm. Ed teaches SANS Security 504, "Hacker Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling," and 517, "Cutting Edge Hacking Techniques," on a regular basis. Ed's expertise includes hacker attacks and defenses, the information security industry, and computer privacy issues. He has performed numerous security assessments, provided detailed expert witness services in cases involving major credit card theft, and responded to computer attacks for clients in the financial, high technology, healthcare, and other industries. Ed conducted a demonstration of hacker techniques against financial institutions for the United States Senate and is a frequent speaker on issues associated with hacker tools and defenses. He has published several articles on these topics, as well as the books Counter Hack Reloaded and Malware: Fighting Malicious Code. Ed was also awarded 2004, 2005, and 2006 Microsoft MVP awards for Windows Server Security, and is an alumnus of the Honeynet Project. Previous to InGuardians, Ed served as a security consultant with International Network Services (INS), Predictive Systems, Global Integrity, SAIC, and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore).