Featured Speaker: Scott D. Applegate

Scott Applegate is the Global Incident Response Manager for Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, where he manages cybersecurity operations and incident response for 180 offices in more than 80 countries. A retired U.S Army officer with more than 28 years of experience in leadership, management, communications, and security, Mr. Applegate has served in a variety of positions in peacetime and war including two combat tours in Iraq. Among his assignments, Mr. Applegate served as the Joint Staff, J5, Cyber Policy Division Deputy Division Chief and Program Manager for the Joint Staff’s Cyberspace Security Cooperation and International Engagement portfolio; as the Current Operations Director for Defensive Cyberspace Operations for the U.S. Army, managing the defense and incident response of 2.2 million computers across multiple networks; and as the Director of the U.S. Army Red Team conducting multidisciplinary, information warfare-based vulnerability assessments of major military commands on three continents. Mr. Applegate has also served as an adjunct professor teaching graduate-level courses in ethics, cybersecurity, and cyber conflict for more than a decade at the George Washington and Georgetown Universities. Mr. Applegate has a Bachelors’ Degree and two Master’s Degrees. He is a published author and speaker. He currently holds the CISSP-ISSMP, CISSP, GCIH, and CEH certifications. Mr. Applegate lives in northern Virginia with his wife Sara, and their two children Preston and Marley. In his spare time, he barbeques, brews homemade beer, and enjoys running and exercise.

Abstract: Ransomware Defense? Go back to Boot Camp!

What do you need to do to protect your networks from ransomware? A look at trends in ransomware attacks reveals the truth‚ it’s not that the bad buys are great hackers, it’s that the good guys are failing at the basics.

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