Dr. Sam Small serves as the Chief Security Officer of ZeroFOX, helping its customers implement world class social-media protection programs and supporting ZeroFOX to continuously advance its role as the innovation leader of social-media and collaborative-technology security solutions. After earning his doctorate in computer science from Johns Hopkins University, Sam was a lecturer, led an academic security research lab, and launched two security-industry startups, including Fast Orientation where he most recently served as CEO and continues to maintain a non-operational role as Chairman. In addition to his technical and entrepreneurial pursuits, Dr. Small has provided expert technology and security assessments of dozens of organizations and vendor products and conducted due diligence assessments for more than a dozen software-industry investments, mergers, and acquisitions. He has also served as an expert witness in several high-profile security, software, and network-related lawsuits. His work and research have been covered in publications including Wired, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New Scientist, CNET, ZDNet, and slashdot.
Speech Topic & Synopses
Other people’s platforms: defeating online fraud outside your virtual jurisdiction
With a low-cost barrier to entry, online fraudulent activity and digital risks across the Internet are more ubiquitous and persistent than ever, while the status-quo for preventing, identifying and remediating such threats is often cumbersome, costly and insufficient. In this session, we present results from our year-long effort to measure the reach of today’s threats and detail some new twists on the classics. In addition, we will review a digital threat taxonomy to help practitioners more rigorously evaluate their programs, playbooks and priorities. Finally, we will dissect a handful of real-world examples and share proven identification and mitigation strategies that any organization can adopt.