With 100,000 new infections per day, ransomware has gotten the attention of board rooms, IT staff, faculty, and students. Although not typically considered an insider threat, ransomware behaves like an insider, using hijacked accounts to encrypt files on endpoints and file shares.
Unlike most presentations on ransomware, our session focuses on ransomware as a canary in the coalmine. We believe that ransomware is both a leading indicator of much deeper security issues. Ransomware wants to be discovered and exposes areas within an organization that are vulnerable to even more sinister attacks that can't be remedied with a data restore.
Justin Wilkins is currently the Manager of Systems Engineering for the Mid-Atlantic at Varonis, where he helps organizations secure, manage and govern their unstructured and semi-structured data. He has over five years of experience in data security and governance across multiple platforms in both the federal and commercial space. Prior to joining Varonis, he held engineering roles at Philips Healthcare, GE Aviation, and Bloomberg LP. His background as an aerospace engineer provides him with a deep understanding of the technical challenges with data security and the ability to develop creative solutions to solve complex problems. He earned a B.S.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and currently resides in Washington, D.C. He enjoys studying foreign languages, traveling, spending time with family, surfing and playing soccer.