Lies, Deception and Fantasy
We, the defenders, play in a highly adversarial game. The game is played in the open and the rules require us to hand our adversaries all the information required to defeat us. In this game, the truth will not set you free. This is a game of lies, deception and fantasy and our adversaries have mastered the art of deceit. They operate with full flexibility, no risk and very little impact.
Our problem is that we are cheap and easy to attack. We provide our adversaries all the signals they need to progress closer to the prize. It’s time that we change the defensive playbook. We need to fight back and become harder and more expensive to attack. We need to frustrate, confuse, adapt, hit back and deceive.
In this keynote we will discuss the strategy for a new defensive model. A model based on a moving target defence and counter deception. A model that is designed to make us hard and expensive to attack. We’ll discuss real world scenarios, demo a working example and leave you with a better understanding of how to ensure that we, the defenders, get to have some fun
Sam Crowther is CEO and founder of Kasada, an Australian cyber security company. Its industry-leading platform, Polyform, stops malicious automation (bad bots) attacking websites and web applications. Sam started Kasada in 2015 at the age of 19. He now leads teams in Australia and the US, from his new base in New York. While still at school, Sam was the first student to be offered two work placements at the Australian Signals Directorate. On leaving school Macquarie Group recruited Sam to its global cyber threat management team.
Besides inventing a range of security products, Sam has raised more than $10million from leading Australian VCs and the Australian Government's Accelerating Commercialisation program. He is a passionate promoter of Australia's cyber security ecosystem and foundation supporter of AustCyber. Leading enterprises, including companies in the ASX100, trust Kasada to protect and assure their online digital transactions.
Nick Rieniets is Field CTO at Kasada. As a Melbourian native, Nick can most often be spotted in the streets of Cremorne or hanging around at startup and security events . HIs role as Field CTO ensures that the Kasada team are solving the right problems for their global customer base. Nick manages Kasada’s bot hunting operations including teams across sec-eng, sec-ops, professional services and pre-sales.
Bot hunting has been a core focus throughout Nick’s career. Prior to joining Kasada, Nick was involved in the UK based startup MessageLabs who built one of the first global email security platforms that was acquired by Symantec in 2008. Nick has extensive experience across both the ANZ, APJ and UK markets and is a passionate participant in the local security and start-up communities.