September 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM

ISSA National Capital Chapter September meeting topic:

Military Tactics for Enterprise Defense
by Greg Conti

Director, Army Cyber Center
United States Military Academy, West Point

On today's increasingly militarized Internet, companies, non-profits, activists, and individual hackers are forced to melee with nation-state class adversaries. Just as one should never bring a knife to a gun fight, a network defender should not rely on tired maxims such as "perimeter defense" and "defense in depth." Today's adversaries are well past that. This talk teaches you how to tap what we call the Library of Sparta - the collective written expertise codified into military doctrine. Hidden in plain sight, vast free libraries contain the time-tested wisdom of combat at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. This is the playbook nation-state adversaries are using to target and attack you. This talk will help you better understand how adversaries will target your organization, and it will help you to employ military processes and strategies in your defensive operations. These techniques scale from the individual and small team level all the way up to online armies. This talk isn't a dry index into the library of doctrine, we provide entirely new approaches and examples about how to translate and employ doctrinal concepts in your current operations. A key point of the talk will be helping defenders generate the intelligence, information, and disinformation advantage necessary to turn the tables. You will leave this talk with a suite of military-grade strategies that will help you advance your work beyond the individual and small-team level and will prepare you to take on the most advanced adversaries.


About the Speaker
Greg Conti is Director of the Army Cyber Institute and is an Associate Professor at West Point, where he conducts security research and teaches computer science. He is the author of Security Data Visualization (No Starch Press) and Googling Security (Addison-Wesley) as well as over 60 articles and papers covering cyber warfare, online privacy, usable security, and security data visualization. He has spoken at numerous security conferences, including Black Hat, Defcon, CyCon, HOPE, Interz0ne, ShmooCon, and RSA. His work can be found at


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:30 PM


Center for American Progress (CAP)
1333 H St. NW
Washington, DC, 20005

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