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Friday, October 27 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Layer 8 and Why People are the Most Important Security Tool

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People are the cause of many security problems, but people are also the most effective resource for combating them. Technology is critical, but without trained professionals, it is ineffective. In the context two case studies, the presenter will describe specific instances where human creativity and skill overcame technical deficiencies. The presenter believes this topic to be particularly relevant for the Packet Hacking Village, as many techniques used are the same that are pertinent for Capture the Packet and Packet Detective.


Technical details will include the specific tools used, screenshots of captured data, and analysis of the malware and the malicious user’s activity. The goal of the presentation is show the importance of technical ability and critical thinking, and to demonstrate that skilled people are the most important tool in an information security program.

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Damon Small

Technical Director, NCC Group
Damon Small began his career studying music at Louisiana State University. Pursuing the changing job market, he took advantage of computer skills learned in the LSU recording studio to become a systems administrator in the mid 1990s. Following the dotcom bust in the early 2000s, Small began focusing on cyber security. This has remained his passion, and over the past 17 years as a security professional he has supported infosec initiatives in the healthcare, defense, aerospace, and oil and gas industries. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Music, Small completed the Master of Science in Information Assurance degree from Norwich University in 2005. As Technical Director, Small has a particular interest in research and business development in the Healthcare and Oil... Read More →

Friday October 27, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Under Armour Room

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