Dmitri Alperovitch - Offense as the Best Defense - AusCERT2013





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Published on Oct 27, 2013


Mao Zedong used to say that 'the only real defense is active defense.' Many organizations are now realizing that to effectively fight Mao's compatriots and other adversaries in cyberspace, you have to go on offense. It is universally recognized that people have the right to defend their property not simply with gates and locks, but through the use of reasonable force. Must you cower and simply patch your system or can you take other aggressive legal measures to stabilize the situation and stop them? Explore this controversial topic with one of the foremost experts in this space.


Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co‐Founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., leading its Intelligence, Research and Engineering teams. A renowned computer security researcher, he is a thought--‐leader on cybersecurity policies and state tradecraft. Prior to founding CrowdStrike, Dmitri was a Vice President of Threat Research at McAfee, where he led company's global Internet threat intelligence analysis.

With more than a decade of experience in the field of information security, Alperovitch is an inventor of ten patented and sixteen inpatent--‐pending technologies and has conducted extensive research on reputation systems, spam detection, web security, public--‐key and identity--‐based cryptography, malware and intrusion detection and prevention.

As a recognized authority on cyberespionage, cyber warfare, online organized criminal activity, and cybersecurity, Alperovitch has significant experience working as a subject matter expert with all levels of U.S. and international policy makers, intelligence and law enforcement agencies on analysis, investigations, and profiling of transnational organized criminal activities and cyber threats from terrorist and nation--‐state adversaries. He is a well--‐respected technical and policy thinker on the most difficult global cybersecurity issues, and is a frequent speaker amilitary, intelligence, law-enforcement, academicand security industry conferences. Alperovitch has published and given numerous talks on the contemporary issues in cybersecurity policy such as cyberdeterrence doctrine, Chinese--sponsored cyberespionage and the use of cyber weapons on the futurebattlefield. Alperovitch is frequently quoted as a cyberpolicy and cybersecurity expert source in national publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post, The Associated Press and Reuters.

In 2010 and 2011, Alperovitch led the global team that investigated and brought to light Operation Aurora, Night Dragon and Shady RAT groundbreaking cyberespionage intrusions, and gave those incidents their names. Prior to joining McAfee, Alperovitch led the research team and the Software--‐as--‐a--‐ Service business at SecureComputing.

Alperovitch is currently a Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council and has served on the board of Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) Industry Advisory Board. He currently serves on the RSA Conference Advisory Board. In 2011, he was the recipient of the prestigious Federal 100 Award for his contributions to the federal information security.

Alperovitch holds a master's degree in Information Security and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, both from Georgia Institute of Technology.


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