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TIPS#8 Where’s your data? Ransomware: protecting your ICS environment

Kyle O'Meara (Dragos) & Anna Skelton (Dragos)
Ransomware remains a pre-eminent threat to the cyber landscape, including within industrial control system (ICS) environments – impacting production and operations as we have seen in the first half of 2021. This talk will leverage unique Dragos research to analyse which ICS verticals are most frequently targeted by which ransomware families, as well as the evolution of both ransomware families and their targeting priorities. We’ll conclude with a discussion of how to read between the lines of cyber incident reports to discern the degree of operational technology impact, as well as how to utilize network telemetry to identify other victims that may not have been reported on data leak sites or in the media.
Kyle O'Meara

Kyle O’Meara is a principal adversary hunter at Dragos. Prior to coming to Dragos, Kyle held roles at the Software Engineering Institute CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC), FireEye, Stroz Friedberg, and the National Security Agency. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. Kyle is a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu, loves skiing, has a collection of sneakers and beer glassware, and hosts his own infosec podcast.

Anna Skelton

Anna grew up skiing and hiking in Vail, Colorado. In college she studied global security and intelligence studies and built GoDaddy’s international travel security program. Post-graduation she started with Bank of America, spending a year as a business information security officer before following her love of intelligence to the strategic cyber threat intelligence team. Prior to starting at Dragos she performed predictive analysis on Chinese nation-state actors, composing oral and written briefings for senior leadership. On the side she has spoken about the potential impact of deepfakes on the financial services industry at DefCon AI Village, BSidesLV and FS-ISAC. She is a huge outdoor person, enjoying skiing in the winter and camping, hiking, and flyfishing in the summer.