Mind the Sec - São Paulo Brazil
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Mind the Sec - São Paulo Brazil

By Brian Contos

This year’s Mind the Sec security conference in São Paulo Brazil promises to be pretty amazing. Cylance CEO/President and Founder, Stuart McClure, will be delivering the keynote and I’ll be presenting a talk titled, “Security That Doesn’t Suck.”

My talk revolves around the idea of security instrumentation and being able to validate security effectiveness. This is so you can know what security controls are or are not working the way you intended across network, cloud, endpoint, email, etc.

And if those security controls aren’t doing what you want, you can tune, configure, and re-validate. As the title of my talk states, this is so your “security doesn’t suck.”

Safely Measuring Real Attack Behaviors

The approach to security instrumentation that I’ll be focusing on is the ability to safely measure the impact of real attack behaviors on your production network. In a live demonstration, I’ll show how using real attacks like Bartalex, Vawtrak, Mimikatz, PowerShell, Tunneling and others can allow you to validate that your security products are actually blocking, detecting, alerting, correlating, etc.

I’ll also share some startling statistics, based on real-life case studies, that illustrate how ineffective many organizations, some with massive security budgets and teams, actually are, due to a lack of validation and thus a lack of security value for their solutions.

I’ve worked a lot in Brazil over the years in multiple cities with multiple organizations. In fact, I lived in São Paulo for about a year at one point. From red teams, blue teams, and purple teams, to auditors, security executives, and business executives, security is a strong business imperative in Brazil.

Brazil – Home to the World’s Top Security Professionals

Without a doubt, Brazil has some of the most talented security professionals in the world. So, events like MTS never disappoint.

It will be great to sync up with Stuart and reconnect with old friends like Sandro Süffert, CEO of Apura - he’ll be on one of the security panels. It will also be cool to spend some time with Blanka. Well not really, but if you got that Street Fighter reference, double Geek Points for you.

If you happen to be at Mind the Sec in São Paulo on September 12 or 13, be sure to check out Stuart’s keynote, some of the panels and some of the security and management track talks. A lot of war stories are being shared as well as the dissection of some interesting real-world attacks.

Visit MTS to get the latest agenda details. I’m sure you’ll see Stuart walking around and you can probably find me with the LATAM Verodin team meeting or dividing my time across various Churrascarias.


About Brian Contos

Brian has over two decades of experience in security. He is a seasoned executive, board advisor, security company entrepreneur and author. After getting his start in security with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and later Bell Labs, Brian began the process of building security startups and taking multiple companies through successful IPOs and acquisitions including: Riptech, ArcSight, Imperva, McAfee and Solera Networks. To date, Brian has worked in over 50 countries across six continents. He is a strategic board advisor for multiple companies including Cylance and Appdome. He has authored several security books, spoken at leading security events and is a Distinguished Fellow with the Ponemon Institute.

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