Upcoming Cyber Security Event to Feature Cisco Security Expert

Monday June 09, 2014

No matter how big your organization is, the possibility of having your network hacked is greater than it has ever been, according to Omar Santos, a senior incident manager of Cisco's product security incident response team (PSIRT). Santos will speak at the 2014 Rocket City TakeDownCon about how network and internet security is evolving - how the attack landscape is changing and how large scale cyber-espionage campaigns have been "pwning" (taking over/hacking) networks for years. The conference is scheduled for Aug. 18-19 at the Dynetics Solutions Complex, 1004 Explorer Blvd., Huntsville, Ala. 

Rocket City TakeDownCon is a highly technical forum that focuses on the latest vulnerabilities, the most potent exploits, current security threats and most advanced cyber protection approaches. The best and the brightest in the cybersecurity field will share their expertise, giving attendees an opportunity to learn about the industry's most current and important issues. 

At Cisco, Santos mentors and leads engineers and incident managers during the investigation and resolution of security vulnerabilities in all Cisco products. His presentation at this summer's conference will also cover how organizations mature in their security strategy to try to maintain a good security posture, but in many cases are unsuccessful.

With two days and two dynamic tracks, Rocket City TakeDownCon plans call for Day 1 to focus on the "Attack," teaching delegates how even the most protected systems can be breached. Day 2 is slated to focus on "Defense," challenging attendees to determine if their defense mechanisms are prepared to thwart nefarious and persistent attacks.

The Training Academy held before the conference (Aug. 14-17) will offer such classes as EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), CHFI (Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Securing Windows Infrastructure, Advanced Network Defense and Advanced Penetration Testing.

Santos, one of several cybersecurity expert speakers, has more than 17 years of experience, including 13 years at Cisco, working with information technology and cybersecurity. He has designed, implemented and supported numerous secure networks for Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. government. Prior to his current role, he was a technical leader within the World Wide Security Practice and Cisco's Technical Assistance Center (TAC), where he taught, led and mentored many engineers within both organizations.

He is an active member of the security community, where he leads several industrywide initiatives and standards bodies. His active role helps businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies and other participants who are dedicated to increasing the security of the critical infrastructure.

Santos is the author of four books and numerous whitepapers, articles and security configuration guidelines and best practices. He has delivered numerous technical presentations at conferences and to Cisco customers and partners, as well as many C-level executive presentations to various organizations.

Eric Lopez, EC-Council's director of conferences and events, said, "Omar is a sought-after speaker in the cybersecurity field, and we're excited to have him present at the second Rocket City TakeDownCon. We are expecting a sell-out crowd again this year to hear world-class speakers, get top-notch training and experience valuable networking. We look forward to co-presenting the event with Dynetics again this year." 

Dynetics Chief Technical Officer Tom Baumbach said, "We were pleased with the outstanding response to last year's conference and are delighted the EC-Council Foundation is bringing TakeDownCon back for a second year. We expect it to be even better this year."

For more information about the event and the current lineup of speakers, visit www.takedowncon.com.

About TakeDownCon

TakeDownCon is a highly technical forum that focuses on the latest vulnerabilities, the most potent exploits, and the current security threats.  World-class industry insiders come to share their knowledge, giving delegates the opportunity to learn about the industry's most important issues.  With two days and two dynamic tracks, delegates will spend Day 1 on the Attack, learning how even the most protected systems can be breached.  Day 2 is dedicated to Defense, and delegates will learn if their defense mechanisms are on par to thwart nefarious and persistent attacks. TakeDownCon provides the most sought after technical training and certification classes offered through Hacker Halted Academy by top training companies and led by well-respected instructors. For more information, visit www.takedowncon.com/rocketcity.

About EC-Council Foundation

EC-Council Foundation is a not-for-profit initiative by EC-Council to raise awareness of online safety issues for the global community while unifying global cyber defense. EC-Council Foundation's mission is to unify global cyber defense by fostering collaboration and participation of online computer users to become advocates for safe on-line activities for youth and adults alike through education and training programs. Visit http://foundation.eccouncil.org/.

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