October 14th, 2022 meeting & AGM

DATE:October 14th, 2022
TIME:2:00pm to 4:00pm (PST)
VENUE:Zoom Online meeting
TOPIC:Is the Cookie Monster compromising your identity? How cookies undermine multi-factor authentication
PRESENTER: Chester Wisniewski (Principal Research Scientist at Sophos)
The AGM was delayed from September to October.


As organizations continue to adopt multifactor authentication (MFA) criminals are now being forced to find ways around it. There has been no shortage of high-profile instances of MFA being bypassed including Electronic Arts, Uber, and YouTube. How strong are the MFA solutions we can choose from and how do criminals bypass them? Why is the Cookie Monster moving from the category of childhood friend to authentication enemy? We’ll explore all of that and more. Join us.


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 behaviours and effective security defences. 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.