Keynote Talk: Haroon Meer – Light at the End of the Tunnel. (Hope for Team Defence)

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Our next announcement is for our second Keynote Haroon Meer – Light at the End of the Tunnel. (Hope for team Defence)

The former Deputy Director of the NSA (Chris Inglis) is reputed to have said that “if we were to score cyber the way we score soccer, the tally would be 462-456 twenty minutes into the game, i.e., all offence”. A quick look at conference line ups (or the evening news) supports this claim. For a long time, team offence has grabbed the lion’s share of both headlines and talent, causing more and more people to turn into full-time security nihilists.

We can turn this around.

While headlines have been dominated by breaches and security fails, a few positive stories (with massive potential) have slipped by almost silently. While we have seen hundreds (and thousands) of companies doing security horribly wrong, we are now also starting to see signs of companies “getting things right”. While most companies have been clinging desperately to hope (or prayer) as prospective defence strategies, we are now seeing signs of better solutions emerging.

Aside from being uncharacteristically upbeat, this talk aims to highlight some of these wins, and some of the winning strategies that have started making the scoreboard look a little more respectable.

Haroon Meer is the founder of Thinkst, the company behind Canary. Haroon has contributed to several books on information security and has published a number of papers on various topics related to the field. Over the past decade (and a half) he has delivered research, talks, and keynotes at conferences around the world.

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