Botnets: Current State of the Net

Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Intermediate

Botnets have been growing at an alarming rate for the past two years. Home users, small businesses, and major corporations are unwittingly and massively participating in criminal activities that use compromised machines within their organizations. This criminal behavior can include identity theft, theft of intellectual property, distributed denial of service, extortion, and even terrorist activity/espionage. The activity is growing despite heavy investment and effort expended on IDS, firewalls, and antivirus.

This session is intended to give attendees both a high level overview of botnet behavior and a small taste of the investigative process required to detect and curb this behavior in your net.

Michael J. Staggs

FireEye, Inc.

Dr. Michael J. Staggs has more than 20 years of network security experience. His 13 years at the Consolidated Space Operations Center working for Contel, GTE and Lockheed Martin culminated in a Chief Security Engineer position for the Allied Signal/50th Space Wing. Dr. Staggs spent several years in the commercial IT security world as a consultant, principal engineer and sales engineer for Fortune 500 clients. He is a United States Navy veteran and received his education credentials through studies at several accredited colleges and universities including University of Arizona, Pima and Florida Keys Colleges, University of Phoenix and St Leo’s University.


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