San Francisco Bay Area ISSA Chapter


Current Chapter Meeting Date: January 8, 2020

Next Chapter Meeting: February 12, 2020

Meeting Location: Fenwick & West LLP

Date: January 8, 2020
Time: 12 - 2:30pm
Location: Fenwick & West LLP
555 California Street 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Speaker: Brian Hileman, DIGITAL GUARDIAN


Title: Are Your Cloud Servers Under Attack

Synopsis: The need for protecting cloud hosted servers is the same as you would for traditional on-premise servers. However, just because you're hosting in the cloud doesn't mean you can go lax on security. Systems still need to be patched and security measures still need to be put in place. If a breach does take place, having an endpoint solution set up can speed up detection, allow for visibility into the attack, and stop the attack from causing further damage.
This presentation will talk about what occurred when a RDP port was opened to the internet, what the hackers did once they got in, including someone trying to remove ownership rights. The presentation will explore how the data events, system events, and user events can be used to help gain visibility.

Learner's Objectives

Monitor Exit and Entry Points: Not only should you be able to tell who did what on your cloud platform, but you should also create alerts to warn you of unusual activities. Maintain Visibility and Control: Log system, user, and data events to gain visibility necessary for identifying sensitive data in the cloud and then implement automated, immediate responses to keep your organization secure. Other Learning Points: Importance of having strong passwords, why you should use a standard image to deploy servers, and why RDP and SSH should never be opened to the internet.


  Brian has spent most of his career working in the data protection field. He is currently a Sales Engineer with Digital Guardian providing Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR). Prior to joining DG, Brian was at InteliSecure, a Denver Colorado based data protection consulting company, as a professional service engineer. Brian also created a DLP testing website called ( which allows for easy testing of DLP policies and reveals DLP capabilities.


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