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Attacker Economics and How to Beat the Adversary at Their Own Game

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Date and Time

March 9, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Event Category

Web Conference


Irene Fisher


Lisa O'Connell


Last year saw the growth of ransomware trends — from supply chain attacks, double extortion, and ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS), organizations were seemingly under constant attack. The escalation of these types of attacks were predominantly driven by the cost-benefit of limited attacker investment, in both time and resources, versus the significant financial opportunity.  Furthermore, these attackers are becoming more innovative, automated, and sophisticated in their attacks, reducing their costs even further.

How CISOs prepare and respond to these types of attacks can flip this cost-dynamic, making it more expensive and less lucrative for the attackers, and reducing damage for the CISO’s organization.

In this session, Derek Krein, SafeBreach Security Services Director, will discuss:

  • The motivations and return-on-investment of cyber attacks
  • How CISOs may be inadvertently ‘opening the door' to an attack
  • How CISOs can level the playing field or flip the cost dynamic against an attacker
  • How CISOs should respond when they have been attacked via ransomware and infiltrated


Willie Clemons – Director of IAM, EBSCO Industries

Willie is an experienced Information Systems Executive with excellent technical and business qualifications and an impressive track record of over 30 years of hands-on experience in security, governance/compliance/audit, product selection, strategic planning, business unit development, project and product management, budgeting and systems integration strategies. Willie is currently the Director of IAM for EBSCO Industries which is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also the President for Central Alabama ISSA.

See Willie Clemons‘s full profile.


Derek Krein – Security Services Director, SafeBreach

Derek, a navy veteran with an advanced electronics background in aviation, is a Security Architect with over 20 years of information security experience. He is currently certified as a CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) and GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT).  After fundamentally changing the way the United States Department of Defense did security, Derek went on to build a secure wireless network winning a Government Computer News Award and winning 1st place at Federal Office Systems Exposition for the DoD. For this, Derek received a letter of appreciation from the Pentagon CIO.Today, Derek works with various organizations to design and architect security solutions for business initiatives. He believes that taking the blinders off and looking at problem solving strategically and holistically with a big picture approach, allows for innovative solutions that yield incredible results.

See Derek Krein‘s full profile.

ISSA Webinars and Conference series cover all the continuing education credits to maintain your cyber security certifications. (CPEs, CEUs, ECE, etc). Each hour is equal to one continuing education credit. Certificates of completion are available upon request after completion. For instructions, click here.

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