The revelations caused by Edward Snowden's leak of thousands of NSA documents have caused a great deal more political noise than actionable intelligence for the infosec community. No matter what you believe personally about Snowden, his motivations and the morality of his actions, now that this information has become public it is important for all professionals in our space to arm themselves with any useful knowledge they can find and to apply that knowledge to protecting the public from current and future attacks.
In this talk we will summarize the technical details that have come out as well as make some educated guesses as to how the NSA is able to accomplish some of the feats claimed by Snowden. We will then discuss what these details mean for the current capabilities of nation-state level attackers and the future capabilities of lesser online adversaries. Detailed recommendations on how to protect yourself will be provided and we will look into the crystal ball to predict what kinds of advances we can foresee in the upcoming years.
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About the speaker:
Alex Stamos is the CTO of Artemis, the division of NCC Group that is proud to be launching the .Secure gTLD. He was the co-founder of iSEC Partners, one of the world's premier security consultancies and also a part of NCC Group. Alex has spent his career building or improving secure, trustworthy systems, and is a noted expert in Internet infrastructure, cloud computing and mobile security. He is a frequently requested speaker at conferences such as Black Hat, Defcon, Amazon ZonCon, Microsoft Blue Hat, FS-ISAC and Infragard. He holds a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley and his personal security writings are available at http://unhandled.com.