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Preparing for a Bad Day - The Lifecycle of a Cyber Attack

  • 7 Dec 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting - Link shared via event confirmation email!


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Speaker: Mike Gothom, Palo Alto Networks

Mike Gotham is a Sr. Security Architect within Unit42 at Palo Alto Networks. He has helped some of the words largest organizations hunt down sophisticated cyber attackers as well as assess and improve their security operations.

Mike specializes in network and endpoint forensics, malware reverse engineering, threat intelligence, incident response and SecOp’s. mike is a graduate of Georgia Tech and holds many GIAC Certifications including GREM, GCFA, GNFA and GCIH.


With technology at the core of virtually all business and industries cyber-attacks are happening more frequently and becoming more sophisticated in their design. At the Cybersecurity Peer Group meeting Mike will walkus through the lifecycle of a cyber-attack. He will walk us through the nature of the threats we are seeing and the impacts they have on an organization's operation.  He will touch on some of the extortion techniques we are seeing and answer questions you have on the roles and responsibilities of your extended team in response to a ransomware event and other cyber incidents.  We will learn about negotiating with the adversary and decision making on paying a ransom as well as the forensic clean-up and response to the incident.  Mike will also talk about the recommended proactive steps and best practices “left of boom” to minimize the impact of a cyber-attack.

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Jackson Enterprise Technology

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Vice President
Global Alliant, Inc.

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