Kristen is a Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst at SCYTHE. Prior to joining the herd she worked for the United States Department of the Army in various roles ranging from network and system administration to vulnerability management and cyber compliance. She has a penchant for solving technical puzzles, leaping from perfectly good airplanes (or cliffs), and finding the best local hole-in-the-wall restaurants. If you want to talk about foreign travel, sports nutrition, or why Episodes 4-6 are the only Star Wars movies that matter, she's your girl!


Challenges in Control Validation
Jake Williams, Alissa Torres, AJ King, Kristen

Testing security controls is hard. Really hard. Every incident responder has lived with victims who are sure existing security controls should have prevented or detected the intrusion. While some organizations don’t do any security control validation, those that do understand the challenges. While red team operations allow for point-in-time validation, how are organizations dealing with control validations during product updates or configuration changes? By and large the answer is “they aren’t.” On this panel, we’ll discuss why control validation is difficult. Then we’ll discuss recommendations for scaling control validation operations in practically any organization.

Main Stage (In-person)