Breaking and Entering: Emulating the Digital Adversary in 2019

Presented at RVAsec 2019, May 23, 2019, 11:10 a.m. (50 minutes)

As one of the United States government's premier assessment and penetration testing organizations, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services (NCATS) team is responsible for proactively identifying risk against federal, state, local, territorial, and critical infrastructure networks. This session will provide detailed insight on how DHS emulates the digital adversary in order to identify and mitigate risk against our nation's infrastructure through core capabilities in vulnerability scanning, penetration and red team testing, design review, and phishing assessments. The quantifiable and objective data gained by the NCATS team will allow attendees to gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues that affect government networks and how DHS is helping to overcome them.


  • Robert Thompson - DHS
    Bobby Thompson is a member of DHS’ National Cybersecurity Assessment and Technical Services (NCATS) team leading the effort to secure our nation’s critical infrastructure and government resources. NCATS is responsible for conducting comprehensive penetration tests, red team assessments, persistent vulnerability scanning, and architecture design reviews for federal, local, state, territorial, tribunal, private sector and critical infrastructure partners. Mr. Thompson has worked in the Information Technology and Security industry for over 20 years in both private and government sectors throughout his career. Mr. Thompson has been active in the cybersecurity community speaking and has served as a presenter at various conferences and engagements throughout the United States.


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