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Colloquium - Nauer

Emerging Cyber Threats and Countermeasures
Kevin Nauer
Sandia National Laboratories
4/1/2010
3:30pm-4:30pm

The number of cyber attacks have risen exponentially in the past few years and the trend appears to be continuing this year with new attacks exploiting commonly used client programs such as Adobe Reader and Internet Explorer. This talk will discuss some of the emerging cyber security threats seen in the digital world and some of the countermeasures that researchers at Sandia National Labs are developing to combat these attacks. Threats such as covert tunneling, spear-phishing and zero days will be described in detail and how these techniques are being employed to bypass current Internet security systems. Sandia's Cyber Security Research and Development team has analyzed and reverse engineered a number of these malicious code artifacts in depth and has shared their results with a number of federal agencies to help improve the overall situational awareness of cyber defenders across the government.

Kevin Nauer is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico where has been employed since 2000. He completed his BS in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and Masters in Computer Systems at the University of Denver. Kevin has also served as a Captain in the US Army Intelligence and Security Command where he helped form a new organization to support national intelligence operations integrating computer forensic analysis techniques. Kevin's primary research interests are in reverse engineering of malicious code as well as network intrusion forensic analysis. Kevin is currently working on a project focusing on the design of a high fidelity simulation environment that will aid the Department of Energy and other federal agencies in training their cyber defenders.

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