On November 23, 2015, the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) hosted a webinar on “Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)”.
Last year, worldwide corporate losses due to cyber breaches exceeded $445 Billion dollars. Of that, $108 billion was lost by US companies. The majority of these breaches are attributed to advanced threat actors or Advanced Persistent Threats. Government sponsored APTs have become one of the largest threats to a corporation, ranging from the theft of intellectual property, denial of service, stealing of corporate documents and records. APTs are an ever increasing challenge to both large and small companies regardless of product or services. No one is immune.
In this webinar, participants learned about the structure of APTs, who are the biggest sponsors that pose the greatest risk to both the public and private sector, how intrusions are gained within a company, and some possible ways to prevent an APT attack.
The webinar was presented by Bray Barnes. Barnes founded Security Evaluation and Solutions Group, LLC (SESG) to meet a critical homeland security need: specialized services in education and training, emergency management preparedness and planning, and intelligence analyst training. A U.S. Army veteran, Barnes has many years of legal and law enforcement experience. Most recently, Barnes served as member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Focus Group, as an adjunct professor and course developer for the Homeland Security degree program at Ocean County College (NJ), and as a member of the institution’s Presidential Leadership Team.
Before arriving in academia, he served as director (Senior Executive Service) for DHS, and during the tenure of President George W. Bush, Barnes was nominated and appointed to the Juvenile Justice Commission. He is a graduate of the New Jersey State Police Academy, earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall University School of Law. Bray is also a fellow at the National Cybersecurity Institute.