October 9th, 2020 meeting

Fri, Oct. 9, 2020 2:00pm — 4:00pm

DATE:October 9th, 2020
TIME:2:00pm to 4:00pm (PDT)
VENUE:Zoom Online meeting
Please obtain passcode to enter meeting from email confirmation

RSVP Required – register at Zoom
TOPIC(S):Threat landscape 2020: A deep dive on the threats we face and how we can successfully combat cybercrime
PRESENTER(S):  Chester Wisniewski (Principal Research Scientist, Sophos)

 A portion of this meeting will be dedicated to the AGM. Where possible we will use Zoom polls.


Part 1 – Know thy enemy.
There is no point in defending against attackers that aren’t there. The inverse could be worse, being unprepared for what is out there. The pace of change by cybercriminals is driven by money, which means it never stands still for long.

Part 2 – How we can use COVID-19 to our advantage.
Most security minded people are in a constant struggle to modernize and justify budgets to effectively train their staff and make modern efficient tools available. COVID-19 not only changed the threatscape, it has presented opportunities to IT security teams to up their game.

Part 3 – Targeted ransom deep dive.
These attacks have achieved unbelievable success and profit for the skilled criminals behind them. I will walk you through a typical attack and demonstrate the TTPs and cleverness that goes into hamstringing their victims.

Part 4 –  Parting defensive thoughts.
How we view our networks and the people who defend them is evolving with the threats. Many organizations who make headlines after being victimized have not evolved and sometimes even been culled from the herd. I will wrap up providing my advice on how to modernize your approach to protecting your data.


Chester Wisniewski is a principal research scientist at Sophos. With more than 25 years of professional experience, his interest in security and privacy first peaked while learning to hack from bulletin board text files in the 1980s, and has since been a lifelong pursuit.

Chester analyzes the massive amounts of attack data gathered by SophosLabs to distill and share relevant information in an effort to improve the industry’s understanding of evolving threats, attacker behaviors and effective security defenses. He’s helped organizations design enterprise-scale defense strategies, served as the primary technical lead on architecting Sophos’ first email security appliance, and consulted on security planning with some of the largest global brands.

As a former President of the Vancouver SecSIG he is grateful for no longer being responsible for the meetings, but excited to continue to share and contribute to the security knowledge of our community. You may recognize me from my appearances on Global News, CBC and CTV if you are old enough to still watch news on a TV.