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SANS and Bit9 + Carbon Black Announce Speaker Lineup for Industry’s First Threat Hunting & Incident Response Summit

Threat Intelligence Experts from Google, Endgame and First Bank among the List of Speakers

BETHESDA, Md. and WALTHAM, Mass.—December 10, 2015—SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, and Bit9® + Carbon Black®, the leader in Next-Generation Endpoint Security, today announced the speaker lineup for the inaugural SANS Threat Hunting & Incident Response (THIR) Summit. Taking place April 12-13, 2016, in New Orleans, the summit will teach IR pros the most advanced techniques for discovering and vanquishing threats. Training courses will also be taught April 14 – 19 in conjunction with the summit.

“Organizations are exhausted by the constant need to respond to attacks. It is for that reason the demand for threat hunting has been created. Threat hunters have a unique skill set, they are able to leverage cyber threat intelligence from previous intrusions and scalable detection to proactively pursue the next intrusion. They have a gift for turning over the right stone at the right time,” said Rob Lee, Fellow and DFIR Lead at SANS.
Ben Johnson, chief security strategist for Bit9 + Carbon Black, added: “The THIR Summit brings together, for the first time, industry experts from the world’s top organizations who will share their hunting techniques and strategies. I am excited to co-chair this event as we join together to assist organizations with proactive intrusion detection and help them avoid becoming the next headline.”

The THIR Summit was created by SANS, in collaboration with advisory partner Bit9 + Carbon Black, to address a gap in the security landscape. SANS and Bit9 Carbon + Black will join forces with other top threat intelligence experts to provide summit attendees with the knowledge necessary to proactively seek and destroy threats before a data breach occurs. THIR Summit speakers will share specific hunting and incident response techniques and capabilities that can be used to identify, contain, and eliminate adversaries targeting networks. Included among the summit speakers are:

  • Heather Adkins, Information Security Manager, Google
  • Jamie Butler, Chief Scientist, Endgame
  • Ben Johnson, Chief Security Strategist, Bit9 + Carbon Black
  • Rob Lee, Curriculum Lead and Author for Digital Forensic and IR Training for SANS
  • David Sharpe, Incident Handler, GE CIRT
  • Casey Smith, Threat Intelligence Analyst, FirstBank

For a complete list of speakers and additional details on the summit, including details on presentations and training courses, or to register for the event, please visit:
About Bit9 + Carbon Black

Bit9 + Carbon Black is the market leader in Next-Generation Endpoint Security. We have sold more licenses, have more experience, and more customers than any other NGES company because our solution is the most effective way to prevent, detect and respond to advanced threats that target users, servers, and fixed-function devices. That’s why more than 60 MSSP and IR leaders, including Dell SecureWorks, EY, Optiv and Solutionary, have chosen our technology as a key component of their security offerings, and 25 of the Fortune 100 rely on us as a critical element of their advanced threat defense and compliance strategies. By the end of 2015, we expect to achieve 7 million+ software licenses sold, and almost 2,000 customers worldwide. We were voted Best Endpoint Protection by security professionals in the SANS Institute’s Best of 2014 Awards, and a 2015 SANS survey found that 68 percent of IR professionals are using or evaluating Carbon Black. And IDC, in 2015, named Bit9 + Carbon Black the leader in endpoint security, with 37 percent market share.

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 27 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master’s degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet’s early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (

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