Recent highly publicized data breaches beg the questions: why are we so vulnerable and what can be done to prevent such “advanced” attacks? This session will explore recent threat vectors and show some of the highly publicized malware and zero-day exploits that were used in these attacks. The speakers will then go over the preventative measures that organizations should take to increase their protection and demonstrate the benefits of software hygiene to keep systems patched and up-to-date with recent software updates.

As the CTO for Qualys, Wolfgang Kandek is responsible for product direction and all operational aspects of the QualysGuard platform and its infrastructure. Kandek has over 20 years of experience in developing and managing information systems. His focus has been on Unix-based server architectures and application delivery through the Internet. Prior to joining Qualys, he was Director of Network Operations at the Online Music streaming company and at iSyndicate, an Internet media syndication company. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of technical positions at EDS, MCI and IBM. He earned a Masters and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Rodrigo Rubira Branco is the Director of Vulnerability & Malware Research at Qualys. In 2011, he was honored as one of the top contributors to Adobe Vulnerabilities. Previously, as the Chief Security Researcher at Check Point he founded the Vulnerability Discovery Team (VDT) and released dozens of vulnerabilities in important software. He also worked as Senior Vulnerability Researcher at Coseinc. He is a member of the RISE Security Group and is the organizer of Hackers to Hackers Conference (H2HC), the oldest and biggest security research conference in Latin America.

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