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Project Enlightenment Webinar – Additional Details Revealed

Cyber Squared Webinar Will Share Project Enlightenment Study Details and Reinforce the Need for Organizations to Step Up their Cyber Security Measures

In response to growing interest in their Project Enlightenment Case Study, Cyber Squared has scheduled a webinar, “Anatomy of a sophisticated cyber-attack and how it affects your organization”, for May 30th to publically release information about the attack.

For those of you unfamiliar with Project Enlightenment, it was a six month investigation about a sustained espionage campaign against dozens of U.S. and international private sector companies and organizations across a variety of business verticals.  The motivation behind the attack of these particular victims was likely to gain tactical and strategic advantage over large commercial transactions, and to collect information on issues such as international trade, commerce, legislation and human rights.

What initially appeared to be an isolated cyber-attack possibly associated with the Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act (TAMA) S.1539, unraveled the thread of a pervasive and coordinated military grade cyber espionage campaign. During the course of the investigation, technical intricacies emerged, such as how the attack was carried out and who the likely perpetrator was.

By applying real-time Security Intelligence, which required both a bottom-up victim approach along with a top-down technical assessment of the adversarial capability surrounding this single incident, Cyber Squared was able to discover the following types of victims were compromised by the same threat:

1. U.S. Public Policy Think Tanks and Research Organizations

2. North American Technology Companies

3. European Food Safety Organizations

4. North American Immigration Organizations

5. European Environmental Organizations

6. Southern Pacific Agriculture & Fisheries Organizations

7. European Maritime & Shipping Organizations

8. International Steel, Gold and Copper Mining and Raw Materials Organizations

9. International Law Firms & Public Relations Organizations

10. East Asian Economic Policy and Diplomacy

The webinar will cover highlights of the cyber espionage campaign and offer tips on how to protect your company from sophisticated attacks.  It will feature Rich Barger, Cyber Squared’s Chief Intelligence Officer, who served as the lead investigator throughout the study.  In addition to sharing details about the initial attack and the subsequent exploitation patterns, Mr. Barger will cover how Security Intelligence was applied during the investigation and how it could have been used prior to, during and after the incident response phases.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 30th.  Webinar registration as well as the case study are available at the Cyber Squared website.


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Adam is an internationally renowned information security expert and is currently the CEO and a founder at Cyber Squared Inc. He possesses over a decade of experience in programming, network security, penetration testing, cryptography design & cryptanalysis, identity and access control, and a detailed expertise in information security. The culmination of this knowledge has led to the company’s creation of ThreatConnect™, the first-of-its-kind threat intelligence platform. He currently serves as an advisor to multiple security-focused organizations and has provided consultation to numerous businesses ranging from start-ups to governments, Fortune 500 organizations, and top financial institutions. Adam holds an MS in computer science with graduate certifications in computer security and information assurance from George Washington University. Vincent lives in Arlington, VA with his wife, two children, and dog.