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Thursday, January 13 • 10:45am - 11:15am
Above our Heads: How Attackers are Leveraging the Cloud

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It is well established that with an increase in cloud resource availability, individuals and enterprises are empowered to create and host more content than ever. This talk highlights how attackers continue to abuse pre-existing cloud services by delivering malware, conducting phishing and extorting victims at every stage of the kill chain. The presenters will examine the role of the cloud in various recent attacks, how attackers are leveraging cloud infrastructure to conduct these attacks and identify various popular misused services. From team productivity apps for facilitating trade and collaboration to social media to organize command and control routines to unexpected document hosting, the underpinnings of modern malware operations are increasingly bright and efficient. This talk will attempt to narrow the areas of focus for students, researchers and professionals when understanding the breadth of cloud attacks. Participants will leave with outcomes of the findings of these services used by attackers that correlate to popular attacks or proof of concepts in which they were used, along with resources to learn more about cloud security.

Attendees Will Learn:
  • How attackers deliver malware, conduct phishing and extortion attacks, by leveraging pre-existing cloud services, and why they continue to abuse these services.
  • How existing data can give insight into how attackers are leveraging cloud infrastructure to conduct these attacks and identify various popular misused services. 
  • The outcomes of the findings of these services used by attackers that correlate to popular attacks or proof of concepts in which they were used, along with resources to learn more about cloud security.

Speakers
avatar for Remi Cohen

Remi Cohen

Senior Threat Intelligence Engineer, F5
Remi Cohen is a Senior Threat Intelligence Engineer with F5, serving as a technical lead for enterprise Threat Intelligence and Investigations. Prior to F5 she worked for a large national laboratory leading penetration tests and vulnerability assessments. She also conducted research... Read More →
avatar for Kim Huynh

Kim Huynh

Security Program Manager, Microsoft
Kim Huynh supports Microsoft's Threat Intelligence team within security research as a Security Program Manager. Prior to that, she worked in healthcare as a Cybersecurity Engineer focusing on threat intelligence and response. Kim's prior research was dedicated to the adoption of a... Read More →



Thursday January 13, 2022 10:45am - 11:15am EST