Session

The New Digital Cold War

Tech Theater 2

Starts: July 19, 2024 11:00 am
Ends: 12:00 pm
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The New Digital Cold War

The global threat landscape is rapidly changing as cybersecurity threats evolve into more sophisticated forms. The proliferation of ransomware groups, the complexity of cloud infrastructure, and the growth in online applications provide more opportunities for criminals than ever. Coupled with the rise of remote work due to the pandemic, information stealing, and social engineering attacks have become more prevalent. Governments and organizations worldwide are heightening their defenses, while some nations are exploring the contentious domain of offensive cyber forces.

The surge in cyberattacks in 2022 can be linked to geopolitical tensions, escalating patriotic hacktivist operations, increased state-sponsored cyber espionage activities, and the global shift to digitalization. However, a new threat landscape emerged in 2023 – religiously and politically motivated hacktivist groups disrupted organizations around the globe through a surge in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. As their influence expands, it poses a potential threat of being co-opted as a proxy for state-controlled cyber activities.

This presentation delves into the shifting cyber threat landscape, the rise of hacktivism, and its implications on global cybersecurity strategies. It further investigates the likelihood of nation-states exploiting hacktivism as a cyber weapon and the possible onset of a new digital cold war.

Speakers

Neal Quinn

Head of Cloud Security, Radware

Neal Quinn is Head of Cloud Security, North America at Radware. Neal has over 20 years of experience in the architecture and operation of managed cloud security services and cloud DDoS mitigation. Prior to Radware, Neal was VP of Networks at Akamai, leading the global capacity planning organization and later in his tenure the countermeasures engineering teams for the Security Business Unit, in addition to leading large global capacity buildout programs for the DDoS mitigation scrubbing centers. Prior to its acquisition by Akamai, Neal was the CTO at Prolexic Technologies, leading the SOC, Engineering, Architecture and SERT teams. Neal has extensive experience consulting with large enterprise accounts and facilitating tactical security responses in complex organizations.