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Cyber Squared Webinar will Feature US Mining and Canadian Government Victim Examples

Cyber Squared’s Project Enlightenment webinar, “Anatomy of a sophisticated cyber-attack and how it affects your organization”, which is scheduled for May 30th will feature two victim use cases.

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 dozen 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.

The first victim use case being featured is from the Mining Industry.  During the webinar, Rich Barger, Cyber Squared’s Chief Intelligence Officer, will walkthrough details of how a Steel executive was targeted and compromised during a three week period.  In addition, the use case will include an assessment as to why the adversary had targeted the executive given their organizational role in the company, timing of the compromise, and relevant geo-political conditions.

A second use case will explain why the Canadian Government was compromised in mid July 2011 along with granular details of how the attack was conducted and what the motivation of the attackers during the time of compromise.

Cyber Squared chose these two use cases for the Project Enlightenment webinar, because of their diversity.  They represent both an economic and a political target from different countries, yet each of victims were part of a sustained cyber espionage campaign by the same adversary.

Webinar registration is available at the Cyber Squared website.

The Project Enlightenment Case Study is available for download, and a whitepaper that includes technical details of the compromise is available from Cyber Squared under non-disclosure.


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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.