Ransomware isn’t a malware problem, but a criminal business model. Cyber attackers have perfected the key components of a ransomware attack, earning significant revenue from their malicious activity. Impacted organizations may face significant monetary loss in order to free their data, as well as operational impacts from loss of critical systems.

The standard answer to ransomware infections has been to pay up or give up, but there are better approaches that can prevent this threat before it gets into your organization. This session will share the latest ransomware research by Unit 42, the Palo Alto Networks threat research team, as well as how to architect your security posture to prevent this critical threat.

In this web conference you will learn:

• The evolution of ransomware
• Methods of infection
• Key ways to prevent and recover
• The future of ransomware

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Mitchell Parker
Chief Information Security Officer, CISSP, Temple University Health System

Mitchell Brett Parker, CISSP, is the Chief Information Security Officer at Temple Health, a four hospital, 1000+ bed clinical enterprise with annual revenue of over $1.4B.  He specializes in the areas of: information security, incident response, education/training, policies/procedures, configuration management and network infrastructure. He works extensively within the IT department, with the Office of Counsel, Human Resources, and multiple other stakeholders, and believes in an inter-departmental approach.

Previous to his employment at TUHS, Mitch worked in Network and Application Security as an information security consultant to the Defense Logistics Agency and multiple other customers. As part of those consulting engagements, he worked extensively with the web development, database, and network teams providing security services on sites utilized by the US Military and their dependents to order over $6 billion in goods and services per year. The engagements included every aspect from configuration management and secure coding and systems design to incident response and computer forensics.

Mitch holds a BS in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University and a MS in Information Technology Leadership from LaSalle University. He also holds a Federal CIO certificate issued by the General Services Agency (GSA) and is currently working on his MBA in Strategic Management at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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Scott Simkin
Sr. Threat Intelligence Manager, Palo Alto Networks
Scott Simkin is Sr. Threat Intelligence Manager at Palo Alto Networks, where he leads efforts to analyze new attacks, profile adversaries, and expose new campaigns with the Unit 42 threat research team. His role includes all threat research, threat intelligence platforms, and information sharing efforts at Palo Alto Networks. He has broad experience across network security, including cloud-based security services, advanced anti-malware products, and bringing innovate new threat intelligence products to market. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Scott held a wide range of responsibilities during a five-year tenure at Cisco Systems, including leading their threat research program. Scott is a seasoned speaker on cybersecurity topics, presenting at the RSA conference and other events. Scott is a graduate of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.