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May 19, 2020 – The Many Faces of Ransomware

May 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About our Event

The Many Faces of Ransomware

Ransomware is very much a part of the infosec landscape today. It can be delivered with virtually zero risk, and the ROI is incredibly high. Almost everyone knows someone, or has heard a story about someone, that has been affected by ransomware. Sadly, we don’t seem to realize how important data is until we have lost data that has taken years to create. But what do we really know about ransomware? This lecture will discuss some types, as well as walk the attendee through delivery methods, as well as how ransomware performs. There is far more to it than simple encryption of files. We will cover protection, remediation, and the ages old question, “Should I pay the ransom?”

About our Speaker

Kevin J. Ripa, is the owner of The Grayson Group, and Past President and current Vice President of the Alberta Association of Private Investigators. He is a former member, in various capacities, of the Department of National Defence serving in both foreign and domestic postings. He is now providing superior service to various levels of law enforcement, Fortune 500 companies, and the legal community, and has assisted in many complex cyber-forensics and hacking response investigations (including nation-state) around the world.

Kevin has over 20 years of experience in the digital investigations & incident response fields, having started doing forensics before the days of GUI response and vendor training. He is a respected and sought after individual for his expertise in Information Technology investigations, and he has been qualified as an expert witness on numerous occasions at virtually all levels of the judicial process. He has also designed, produced, hosted, and taught numerous industry related courses, not to mention hundreds of speaking and training engagements to industry and law enforcement around the world.

As well as being a SANS Certified instructor, Kevin holds a number of industry certifications, including GSEC, GISF, GCFE, GCFA, BAI, EnCE, Certified Data Recovery Professional, and has previously held certs as Certified Penetration Tester and Certified Ethical Hacker. He has also authored dozens of articles in circulation, as well as chapters to a number of manuals, books, and training texts on the subjects of Computer Security and Forensics. When available, Kevin teaches SEC401, SEC301, and FOR500, and FOR498 (co-author) for the SANS Institute.


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