DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK WEB PODCAST

Defense Against the Dark Web: A focus on Insider Threats

Cybersixgill presents Defense Against the Dark Web, a podcast series with Delilah Schwartz.

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In this illuminating episode of “Defense Against the Dark Web,” Cybersixgill’s Intelligence Research Lead, Dov Lerner, joins host Delilah Schwartz to take listeners deep inside the hidden world of insider threats. Lerner, who conducted extensive research tracking the activities of malicious insiders and their threat actor recruiters across the deep and dark web, shares surprising findings about the diverse array of threats that can originate from within an organization’s walls.

From petty scams perpetrated with the help of employees in retail, telecommunications and shipping industries to audacious attempts by threat actors to recruit insiders in financial institutions or government entities with high-level access and security clearances, Lerner illustrates how these “wolves in sheep’s clothing” can quietly inflict harm from inside an organization’s networks without detection.

Lerner also offers perspective on industries most impacted, common insider tactics, and the challenges of prevention against insiders who intimately understand their targets’ systems, processes and security protocols. These insider threats, according to Lerner, often go undetected, but collectively result in significant losses - likening these incidents to a ‘death by a thousand paper cuts’.

For those tasked with cyber defense, Lerner offers a sobering perspective on the challenges of detecting these stealthy insider threats, and suggests several defensive strategies that can be implemented to protect against them. In this in-depth podcast discussion with host Delilah Schwartz, Lerner peels back the layers on one of the most pernicious yet underreported threats to the organizational attack surface - insider threats operating from within.

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Meet our speakers

Delilah Schwartz

Delilah Schwartz

Security Strategist

Delilah Schwartz boasts a unique blend of expertise in the fields of extremism, internet-enabled radicalization and the cybercriminal underground. Leveraging her extensive multidisciplinary knowledge and research analysis skills, Delilah brings a unique perspective to the cybersecurity industry, providing valuable insights into the complex and rapidly evolving threat landscape. Delilah is passionate about democratizing cybersecurity discourse, and making ‘cyber speak’ accessible to a non-technical audience.

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Dov Lerner

Security Research Lead

Dov Lerner is Cybersixgill's security research lead. His focus is on malware and fraud on the dark web, and he is constantly seeking new ways to extract actionable intel from the cyber underground. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an intelligence officer, and subsequently worked as a malware analyst. He holds the CISSP and CISM certifications and an MA in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University.

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