The Bug that Changed the Way Kasada Thinks About Blue Teaming
Accidental innovation is often at the heart of many breakthrough moments. For Kasada it was a bug in the way that they handled customer requests that radically changed the way they thought out blue teaming.
The discovery enabled Kasada to exploit unstructured decisioning in their threat hunting models and provided an adversarial advantage in a game that is played without rules.
Sam and Nick will talk about the challenges of building systems that require decisioning at scale with speed and accuracy. The problems of working with large scale data sets and the added complications of leveraging data models in a world of frequently faked data.
This is the story of how a small bug enabled Kasada to pivot their strategy and tactics to ensure accurate decisioning in a world with no rules. This talk is designed to get you thinking about the thought processes, tactics and tooling required to defend against sophisticated adversaries.
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.