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Enter the Mind of A Hacker

IBM and Alacrinet


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What to Expect

Join us for an interactive discussion between the Head of Global Threat Intelligence and former blackhat Hector Monsegur. As we break down cybersecurity from the perspective of the attacker vs the defender.

During the Happy Hour, you'll not only hear from security experts,  you'll hear from Ranger Creek as they lead us through a Bourbon Tasting.


  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Understand the Methodology and playbooks used by blackhats
  • The evolution of Threat Intelligence (blue team vs red team)
  • Red team vs Blue Team best practices
  • A guide to ransomware prevention and detection
  • Roundtable Q&A

Register (below), to receive a bottle of Bourbon from  Ranger Creek.

Event Date:

January 26, 2023

Event Time:

4:00 EST

Event Location:

Zoom Meeting

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4:00 - Welcome & Introduction

4:10 - Bourbon tasting w/ Ranger Creek

4:15 - Understand the Methodology and Playbooks used by blackhats

4:30 - The evolution of Ransomware and Extortion techniques

4:40 - The current landscape our cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence

4:50 - Roundtable Q&A

Event Hosts & Speakers

Andy Piazza

Global Head of Threat Intelligence at IBM X-Force

A threat management expert with experience across multiple fields of operations, ranging from high level strategic management down to tactical/technical field ops. Led diverse teams in high-stress environments world-wide, from counter-narcotics to cyber threat analysis; achieving complex mission objectives through focusing on team development and process maturation. Built a strong capability for developing research methodologies stemming from an operator’s keen sense of situational awareness. Able to quickly adapt to shifts in both the physical and cyber security realms in order to conduct comprehensive risk/threat analysis.

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Hector Monsegur

Director of Research, Alacrinet

Hector Monsegur is a former blackhat with experience as a security researcher and the security industry spanning 20 years. Known for his controversial hacks of federal contractors and government entities, he was given a chance to reform and helped the U.S. government prevent over 300 cyber attacks. Formerly known as "Sabu" he participated in hacktivist operations alongside Anonymous and LulzSec where he coordinated with other blackhats to compromise key targets in fast-paced attacks around the world.

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Since then, he has reformed and entered the security industry as a professional, helping thousands of clients with their penetration testing and social engineering needs, as well as sharing his experiences and knowledge in private events, such clients including AT&T, Humana, JPMorgan, and others.

David Kivett

Threat Management Domain Expert - IBM

Laser focused on leading a team that provides value added business solutions to enterprises. Exceptional ability to communicate technical concepts between key stakeholders: executives, engineers, and technologists in an organization. Actively engages clients in technology planning to reduce risk, enhance workflow, increase efficiency, and promote best practices for compliance and regulatory mandates as it pertains to cybersecurity.

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Heading up discussions and projects around the premier Security Threat Management platform, Brendan has a deep knowledge around SIEM, SOAR, Threat Intelligence, Threat Hunting, and Federated Searching. Helping customers across industry protect their confidential data and intellectual property, bolster their Cyber Defenses, and build out their Security Operations Centers. Providing timely information and a consultative business approach to his clients to assist them with their business challenges. Brendan's goal is to assist clients in meeting their project and personal/professional goals.

Mike Stone

Senior Solutions Engineer

Michael Stone is a Senior Solutions Engineer and joined Automox in 2021. His passion is helping organizations reduce their potential attack surfaces begin with a simple philosophy: Start by Locking the Front Door! Michael has focused on the field of cyber security with a focus on endpoint management for over 15 years with a number of industry-leading companies including HCL, IBM, and Trend Micro. Michael has also held senior positions at Cisco, Proofpoint, and Oracle.

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Fireside Chat, January 26 , 2022


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