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Media Alert: Comodo Senior Research Scientist Kenneth Geers to Present on ‘Ransomware in the Middle East’ at RSA Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi

RSA Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi—ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Nov. 11, 2016 — Comodo, a global innovator and developer of cybersecurity solutions, today announced that Senior Research Scientist Kenneth Geers will present on the growing and evolving threat of ransomware in the Middle East at RSA Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi, Nov. 15-16.

For the uninitiated, ransomware is a hack attack, designed to deny service, usually to a major institution. The aim is to extort money, typically in Bitcoin form. The black hat cybercriminal who chooses this form of extortion encrypts data, rendering systems useless and forcing institutions to rely on old-school methods, such as faxes, to communicate internally. This threat is not diminishing. Current trends indicate that we will be dealing with it for years to come, particularly as the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices continues to increase and open up new attack vectors.

Dr. Geers’ presentation, “Ransomware in the Middle East,” will explore the origin of this malicious attack method and how it has evolved in the region. The session will also highlight types of ransomware and their design—as well as propagation, encryption, command and control, targets, payment and, perhaps most importantly, proactive defense and reactive solutions. View a preview of the session here:

Dr. Geers will join a who’s-who list of government representatives, threat researchers and academics in Abu Dhabi as they work together to help attendees secure their organizations and their futures. He will also be a featured speaker at RSA Conference 2017 in San Francisco in February. The RSA Conference is the leading international information security conference and exposition, with its events collectively drawing more than 45,000 attendees per year.


Who: Kenneth Geers (PhD, CISSP) — Comodo senior research scientist, NATO CCD COE ambassador, Atlantic Council senior fellow, Digital Society Institute-Berlin Affiliate, TSN University of Kyiv visiting professor. Twitter: @KennethGeers

What: “Ransomware in the Middle East” lecture, RSA Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi

When: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, 2:05 – 2:55 p.m. UTC+04:00

Where: Level 1, Etihad Ballroom 1, Emirates Palace Hotel, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Conference handle: @RSAConference

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