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Dissecting Ransomware to Defeat Threat Actors

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March 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

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Web Conference

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ISSA Thought Leadership Series


Amelia Ghidotti


Lisa O'Connell



Tim Mackey – Principal Security Strategist, Synopsys CyRC

Tim Mackey is a principal security strategist within the Synopsys CyRC (Cybersecurity Research Center). He joined Synopsys as part of the Black Duck Software acquisition where he worked to bring integrated security scanning technology to Red Hat OpenShift and the Kubernetes container orchestration platforms. As a security strategist, Tim applies his skills in distributed systems engineering, mission critical engineering, performance monitoring, large-scale data center operations, and global data privacy regulations to customer problems. He takes the lessons learned from those activities and delivers talks globally at well-known events such as RSA, Black Hat, Open Source Summit, KubeCon, OSCON, DevSecCon, DevOpsCon, Red Hat Summit, and Interop. Tim is also an O'Reilly Media published author and has been covered in publications around the globe including USA Today, Fortune, NBC News, CNN, Forbes, Dark Reading, TEISS, InfoSecurity Magazine, and The Straits Times.

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Tarik Saleh – Senior Security Engineer & Malware Researcher, DomainTools

Tarik Saleh is the Senior Security Engineer and Malware Researcher at DomainTools. He has been a technology hobbyist since he got his first computer at age 10 and has over 7 years experience in Information Security in various blue-team roles such as leading a Threat Hunting team, Incident Response and Security Operations. Tarik has worked in the Security space for enterprise companies such as Amazon and Expedia. Security is more of a passion than a ‘9-5’ job for Tarik. Outside of work, you’ll see Tarik and his dog Roland out enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Tony Buenger – Cybersecurity Manager & Deputy CISO, Auburn University

In the summer of 2019, Tony Buenger assumed the role of Cybersecurity Manager and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Auburn University he is leading the effort to implement the enterprise cybersecurity program using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) to develop a baseline security posture for the campus.  He is also leading the effort to ensure that the university’s research environment complies with recent changes in federal regulatory requirements, such as with the Department of Education and Department of Defense (DoD).  Specifically, the university must comply with the DoD’s new requirement to become certified under the CMMC to protect controlled unclassified information (CUI) associated with DoD contracts.

In the summer of 2018, Tony assumed the position of interim Chief Information Security Officer for Augusta University and Health Systems under a W-2 contract to focus on remediating high risk security issues for the campus after two significant HIPAA security breaches in 2017.

He also has 2 ½ year  experience with  incident response, and governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) experience, including HIPAA compliance,  as the CISO at Baptist Health-Alabama.

Tony served as adjunct faculty at Auburn University – Montgomery from 2012 to 2018 where he taught in the Cybersecurity Master Degree program.   Tony also  served as an Associate Professor for the National Defense University from 2005 to 2007.  He holds a Master of Military Operational Art and Science and Master of Arts, Space Systems Management.

Tony has published in the areas of digital convergence, insider threat analysis, risk management, and user security awareness and training challenges, to name a few.

He has multiple certifications in information security, security management, and enterprise information technology: Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certified in the Governance of Information Technology (CGEIT).

Tony retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of active duty.

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