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The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Steve Battista - MITRE

Students: Fall 2021, unless noted otherwise, sessions will be virtual on Zoom.

What firmware exists in your computer and how the fight for your systems will be below your operating system

Apr 18, 2012

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Abstract

Many security professionals look to software on hardrives as the source of compromise. To detect compromises, they use systems to check the hashes of all files on disk, When a machine is compromised, they wipe the hardrive, and assume that the machine in clean. The battlefield between attackers and defenders is moving to the firmware level. This presentation will explore what firmware exists in your computer and how the fight for your systems will be below your operating system and what can be done about this.

About the Speaker

Mr. Battista has over 20 years of professional experience in securing systems, creating architectures, examining research, and running programs. During this time has focused on large federal government and infrastructure systems. He currently works for MITRE as a lead cyber security engineer. He holds a M.B.A from Temple University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Villanova. He holds PMP, CISSP and NSA-IAM/IEM certifications. He is currently on the board of the ISSA-NOVA.



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