Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Trusted CI Webinar: Ransomware: Threats & Mitigations, May 23rd @11am EST

REN-ISAC's Kim Millford and Krysten Stevens will be presenting the talk, Ransomware: Threats & Mitigations, on Monday May 23rd at 11am (Eastern).

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The education industry has unceremoniously emerged as the second most common target for ransomware. It continues to evolve in how it is used as a fund-raiser for criminal organizations and how the technology works, to keep its victims guessing as to defense and eradication. Institutions face the difficult challenge of preserving academic freedom, easy access to information, and open collaboration while defending from threat actors who exploit these same characteristics. This presentation will focus on the current threats and provide guidance on protecting against ransomware attacks.

Speaker Bios:

Kim Milford serves as Executive Director of the Research & Education Networks Information Sharing & Analysis Center (REN-ISAC), a higher education and research network cyber-threat information sharing alliance. As Executive Director, Ms. Milford works with her team in service to, and in coordination with, global research and education institutions, partners, and sponsors to provide timely cybersecurity news reports, alerts and advisories, and analysis of cybersecurity threats and mitigation solutions.  

Since 2007, Ms. Milford has served in several roles leading strategic IT initiatives at Indiana University. As Chief Privacy Officer, she coordinated privacy-related efforts, chaired the Committee of Data Stewards, and directed the work of the University Information Policy Office and the university’s IT incident response team. Prior to joining Indiana University, Ms. Milford worked as Information Security Officer at the University of Rochester. As Information Security Manager at University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1998 - 2005, she assisted in establishing the university's information security department and co-led in the development of an annual security conference. Ms. Milford provides cybersecurity expertise and presentations at national and regional conferences as well as seminars and consortia. She has taught courses on Internet security and authored/co-authored many articles on the subject. Ms. Milford has a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. 

Krysten Stevens joined REN-ISAC as Director of Technical Operations in 2020. She has a background in IT security analysis and cyber threat intelligence from Purdue University, where she used her leadership and expertise to train other security analysts, create security awareness programs, and develop threat intelligence strategies on an organizational level. Krysten graduated from Purdue University Global with an MS Cybersecurity Management in 2020, and she holds CISSP and GCTI certifications. When not at work, Krysten enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, five cats, and two golden retrievers (who refuse to retrieve).

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