PDX Lunch & Learn: Field Guide to Cybersecurity Research

Event Details

Jun 05, 2019
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
GRIT Building Solutions
Studio Building: 919 SW Taylor St
Suite 800
Portland, OR 97205

TAO Member: $10
Non-Member: $25


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Security is the responsibility of all technology users, manufacturers, and intermediaries-- and that collaboration is the only way to achieve long-term change. Openly sharing security information, helping peers to learn, grow, and develop new capabilities, and supporting others in raising and addressing issues that affect the cybersecurity community is the mission of Rapid7.

Join them, and Technology Association of Oregon, at a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, June 5th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm to learn more about Rapid7's two key research projects - Project Sonar and Project Heisenberg, and how participants can leverage this security research to improve their information security programs.

  • Project Sonar started in September of 2013 with the goal of improving security through the active analysis of public networks. While the first few months focused almost entirely on SSL, DNS, and HTTP enumeration, the discoveries and insights derived from these datasets, especially around the identification of systems unknown to IT teams, led to the expansion of Project Sonar to include the scanning of UDP services. Today, Project Sonar conducts internet-wide surveys across more than 70 different services and protocols to gain insights into global exposure to common vulnerabilities. The datasets are available to the public at in an effort to enable further security research.
  • Project Heisenberg began in 2014 with a singular purpose: understand what attackers, researchers, and organizations are doing in, across, and against cloud environments. It does this by deploying low interaction honeypots—or computers that do not solicit services—globally and recording telemetry about connections and incoming attacks to better understand the tactics, techniques, and procedures used by bots and human attackers. 


Paul Deardorff          

Paul Deardorff
Security Researcher

Paul Deardorff is a Rapid7 Security Researcher and has been part of the Rapid7 Labs team since 2014.  Paul's research primarily focuses on network-based analysis and improving network visibility through unique methodologies.  Prior to joining Rapid7, Paul worked with and founded a number of startups and helped launch several successful technology platforms in the K12 education space.  Additionally, his work extended into the public sector where he consulted on issues of cybersecurity for malware investigation, criminal botnets, and counterterrorism.  Today Paul's greatest passion is transforming novel research into product applications that ultimately make security systems stronger and easier to understand.


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