Unigroup's June 2018 Meeting Announcements


Computer/Network Security: Anatomy of a Hack

Chris Motley, Systems Engineer,
Palo Alto Networks

Thursday, 21-JUN-2018      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
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New York City, 10003
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Unigroup's June 2018 meeting will be on Computer/Network Security. Presentation details are below, but it sounds like the talk will do demonstrations using Kali Linux to attack/probe/hack Windows.


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Topic: Computer/Network Security: Anatomy of a Hack

Related Topics/Keywords:

Kali Linux, Windows, Computer Security, Network Security, Next Generation Firewalls, Metasploit, Security Exploits/Reconnaissance/Exfiltration.

Introduction & Description of Talk:

Presentation information is below, but it sounds like the talk will demonstrate using Kali Linux to attack/probe/hack Windows, where Security Exploits/Reconnaissance/Exfiltration will be covered...

Today's Cybersecurity Challenges:

Cyber criminals are better resourced today because the cost of computing power continues to decrease. Plus, they share tools and techniques, and automate attack efforts. As a result, organizations are now getting pummeled by sophisticated new attacks that blend malicious techniques and tactics to compromise an organization's computing environment. Further complicating this issue is the adoption of modern IT initiatives, like cloud computing/SaaS, BYOD/mobility, and SDN that can expand an organization's computing environment and exposure.

The combination of these factors makes cybersecurity a real challenge for many organizations today - one that, if not addressed effectively, can cost millions of dollars in lost revenue and risk customer data and loyalty, intellectual property, and business reputation.

In the face of these challenges, many companies are still relying on decades-old security technology and point products designed to address only one specific challenge. This limits visibility, leaves gaping holes in an organization's security posture, and requires extensive manual intervention. Unfortunately, even the most astute cybersecurity experts facing off against machines and the automated, sophisticated tactics of attackers today have little to no leverage.

Organizations cannot hire their way out of this problem by throwing more people at navigating a legacy architecture or making up for the inherent gaps between the siloed technologies. Instead, organizations should consider a security platform that is designed to operate in today's modern networks, one that natively integrates security capabilities, shares important context, offers complete visibility and automatically reprograms itself to account for new threats, thereby continuously preventing attackers from achieving their ultimate objectives.

Presentation Outline:

Anatomy of a Hack is a presentation that takes you behind the curtain and into the hacker's mindset. We will go over spearphishing, exploitation, reconnaissance, lateral movement and exfiltration of data. We will also demonstrate how Palo Alto Networks' Security Operating Platform can utilize multiple methods of prevention to stop these attacks.

References & Web Resources:

   Unit 42 - Threat Research Blog:

   Palo Alto Networks Products Page:

   Palo Alto Networks Home Page


Chris has more than 10 years experience as a network security systems engineer working with multiple technology vendors including Palo Alto Networks, Juniper Networks, Blue Coat, and McAfee among many others. He's passionate about educating people to the perils of the modern network and maximizing the value/effectiveness of security technologies.


Palo Alto Networks is the global cybersecurity leader, known for always challenging the security status quo. Our mission is to protect our way of life in the digital age by preventing successful cyberattacks. This has given us the privilege of safely enabling tens of thousands of organizations and their customers. Our pioneering Security Operating Platform safeguards your digital transformation with continuous innovation that combines the latest breakthroughs in security, automation, and analytics. By delivering you a true platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of change-makers like us, we provide you highly effective and innovative cybersecurity across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Around the world, customers love our security, consistently awarding us the highest loyalty ratings and net promoter scores in the industry.

The Palo Alto Networks(r) Security Operating Platform prevents successful cyberattacks through intelligent automation. Our platform combines network and endpoint security with threat intelligence and accurate analytics to help streamline routine tasks, automate protection and prevent cyber breaches. Tight integrations across the platform and with ecosystem partners deliver consistent security across clouds, networks and mobile devices, natively providing the right capabilities at the right place across all stages of an attack lifecycle. Because our platform was built from the ground up with breach prevention in mind - with important threat information being shared across security functions system-wide - and architected to operate in modern networks with new technology initiatives like cloud and mobility, customers benefit from better security than legacy or point security products provide and realize better total cost of ownership.

For further information please visit: http://www.paloaltonetworks.com


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