Will the real attribution please stand up?

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Does attribution of cyber operations actually matter? It depends on who’s asking. Using real world APT examples from threats attributed to Iran, Turkey, North Korea and Russia, we’ll demonstrate what details go into attribution work from the perspective of email security vendor, why attribution can be useful for defenders and how Blue Teams can use it to better inform threat modeling and risk. We'll define attribution, compare the concepts of attribution and Attribution, discuss how softer attribution should be paired with harder, more technical attribution and then close by discussing potential pitfalls we’ve seen with attribution working for the government, private corporations and at a security vendor.

Alexis Dorais-Joncas APT Research Manager, Proofpoint

Alexis Dorais-Joncas is the Senior Manager of Proofpoint’s APT research team, where he and his team of threat researchers and intelligence analysts focus on tracking the most elusive state-sponsored threat actors and ensuring Proofpoint customers are protected against these persistent attackers. Prior to joining Proofpoint, Alexis led ESET’s Montreal-based R&D branch office for over 10 years, where his team focused on malware research, network security and targeted attacks tracking. Alexis is an established speaker on current cyberthreats, having spoken in front of diverse audiences at events such as Northsec, Bluehat, Botconf, First CTI, Sector and Rightscon. He has also been quoted in several security and technical media such as Wired, ITWorldCanada and Ars Technica, with broadcast appearances on Radio-Canada and Skynews. Alexis holds an M. Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke in Canada.

Greg Lesnewich ,

Greg Lesnewich is a Senior Threat Researcher at Proofpoint, focused on identifying, tracking, detecting, and disrupting malicious activity linked to North Korea and Russia. Greg has a background in threat intelligence, incident response, and managed detection, previously working at Recorded Future, Leidos, and NCFTA, with experience in developing methods of tracking espionage and state-sponsored activity. Greg enjoys the topics of weird forensic artifacts, measuring malware similarity, YARA, and infrastructure tracking.