Security When Nano Seconds Count

Presented at DEF CON 19 (2011), Aug. 6, 2011, noon (50 minutes)

There's a brave new frontier for IT Security - a place where "best practices" does not even contemplate the inclusion of a firewall in the network. This frontier is found in the most unlikely of places, where it is presumed that IT Security is a mature practice. Banks, Financial Institutions and Insurance Companies. High Speed Trading, High Frequency Trading, Low Latency Trading, Algorithmic Trading -- all words for electronic trades committed in microseconds without the intervention of humans. There are no firewalls, everything is custom and none of it is secure. It's SkyNet for Money and it's happening now.


  • James Arlen / Myrcurial - Principal, Push The Stack Consulting   as James "Myrcurial" Arlen
    James "Myrcurial" Arlen, CISA, is Principal at Push The Stack Consulting providing security consulting services to the utility and financial verticals. He has been involved with implementing a practical level of information security in Fortune 500, TSE 100, and major public-sector corporations for more than 15 years. James is also a contributing analyst with Securosis, founder of the think|haus hackerspace and has a recurring column on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. Best described as: "Infosec geek, hacker, social activist, author, speaker, and parent." His areas of interest include organizational change, social engineering, blinky lights and shiny things. Twitter: @myrcurial