Hack Back for Good, Not Vengeance: Debating Active Defense for Enterprises

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Governments have long used active defense to protect the nation-state, but enterprise use is still debated because many fear unregulated vigilantism. A recent bill has been proposed to allow corporations to hack back when under threat of persistent attacks. Panelists will debate active defense methods organizations can use to protect their data without posing a threat to personal or public safety.

Learning Objectives:
1: Understand what hack back is and its potential value in securing data.
2: Understand how law limits use of novel hack back active defense strategies.
3: Learn strategies for safe hack back to actively defend data without legal risk.
Stewart Baker


Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steven Bellovin


Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

Dr. Angelos Keromytis


Program Manager, DARPA

Dr. Salvatore Stolfo


CTO, Allure Security Technology, Inc.

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