The security threat landscape is constantly in flux as attackers evolve their skills and tactics. Understanding today's threat landscape and navigating today's threat environment is vital to keeping networks secure. The Cisco Talos team specializes in early-warning intelligence and threat analysis necessary to help secure a network in light of this ever changing and growing threat landscape. Talos advances the overall efficacy of all Cisco security platforms by analyzing data feeds, collaborating with teams of security experts, and developing cutting-edge big data technology to identify security threats. In this talk Earl will explain how Cisco Talos is structured, how they identify threats and provide examples of some of the recent threats that they have identified.
Earl Carter, Threat Researcher for Cisco Talos
Earl Carter has always had a passion for solving puzzles and understanding how things operate. Mr. Carter quickly learned that identifying security weaknesses is just like solving puzzles. Almost 20 years ago, he was introduced to network security when he accepted a position at the Airforce Information Warfare center in San Antonio, Texas. In 1998, Mr. Carter started working at Cisco and became one of the founding members on the Security Technology Assessment Team (STAT). After spending 15 years identifying new security threats and assisting product teams in hardening their devices and software to mitigate those identified security threats, Mr. Carter became a Threat Researcher for Cisco Talos. Now he spends his time hunting for new threats against live customer networks by examining various intelligence feeds and data sources. Among Mr. Carter's significant contributions to Cisco are multiple security patents and authoring three Cisco Press Security Books along with co-authoring three more Cisco Press Security Books.