This past week, AttackIQ launched its inaugural Purple Hats Conference—where more than 3,000 cybersecurity practitioners, partners, and pros joined to collaborate, share ideas, and learn how to evolve from a reactive to proactive threat informed defense strategy. Featuring 3 tracks (Technical, Financial Services, and Healthcare), an array of thought-provoking keynotes, emcees from the popular Hacker Valley Studios podcast, and even talk of slippers featuring Homer Simpson’s visage, there was something for everyone to take away from the event!
We are in a critical situation in cybersecurity. Over the past year alone we’ve seen a massive uptick in malicious activity and cyberattacks on organizations around the world, the effects of which can suddenly and startlingly become apparent to the broader population. (See Jonathan Reiber’s comment on the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack in a recent CNN article).
To stand up an effective threat informed defense strategy, cybersecurity leaders are embracing new methods and technologies to move from being reactive to proactive—including bringing red and blue teams together to collaboratively think like the adversaries they’re protecting against.
That’s where purple teaming enters the picture—and it’s what this conference is all about.
If you weren’t able to attend the virtual conference live, you can catch the recorded sessions here. Want to know what you’re in for? Here are a few of our favorite highlights from the event:
Purple-hot cyber security topics
This event is a treasure trove of information on the MITRE ATT&CK framework, including the MAD certification process breach and attack simulation (BAS); the impact of cyberspace on international security; understanding threat landscapes for specific industries; and cybersecurity transformation in 2021 and beyond.
A threat-informed defense chat—and a BIG purple hat
This is a good one, y’all! Allan Alford, the host of the Cyber Ranch podcast and CISO/CTO of TrustMAPP dons a truly fantastic purple cowboy hat and lassos the GM of Cybersecurity Protection at Toyota and a former leader of the U.S. Marine Corps cyberspace efforts to talk about how to successfully build and adopt a sustainable threat-informed defense strategy with the help of purple teaming and automated testing.
Podcasters, Twitch streamers, and more
Our emcees for the event were renowned Hacker Valley Studio hosts Chris Cochrane and Ron Eddings who masterfully keep the event on pace (and make sure you have snack breaks!), and along with the aforementioned host of the Cyber Ranch podcast, we also enjoyed the host of Twitch stream Cyber Insecurity, Neal Bridges, engaging in an animated chat with the CISO at Credit Suisse about strategies for building operational resiliency. Check out their sessions, and be sure to subscribe to their channels to keep up with today’s trending cybersecurity topics.
Summer reading recommendations
Many of our speakers are also authors, and we know you’ll love their work. Grab these reads from some of our Purple Hats keynoters from Amazon or your local bookseller.
- HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right – Ted Harringon
- Negotiating the Impossible – Deepak Malhotra
- This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race – Nicole Perlroth
Moving from purple to yellow for a minute
Cybersecurity is serious business, and it’s important to grab a laugh when and where you can. Get to know talented The Simpsons writer Carolyn Omine as she talks with Editor-in-Chief of Stuff Magazine, Toby Shapshak about everything from Homer Simpson to how jokes make it into a television show and losing sleep over things that “could” happen, as cybersecurity experts do every day.
Watch the Purple Hats 2021 Conference on demand now.