Gary Gagnon
Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer
The MITRE Corporation
McLean, VA

A Threat-Based Approach for Defending Networks

Abstract:  Most enterprises spend the bulk of their time and energy focused inward—primarily on identifying and reducing vulnerabilities, improving detection capabilities, and strengthening barriers that adversaries must overcome.  Such defenses are necessary, but an information assurance strategy that ignores threat intelligence leaves enterprises in a weakened position relative to attackers.   This presentation will explore how to operationalize threat intelligence and how it can be used to cue internal defenses in order to improve their effectiveness.  It will also discuss how the sharing of threat intelligence can improve defenses across entire infrastructure sectors. 

Biography:  Mr. Gary Gagnon, a thought leader in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, is senior vice president and chief security officer (CSO) of The MITRE Corporation. He is also corporate director of cybersecurity. Working closely with MITRE's leadership, Mr. Gagnon performs multiple interrelated roles covering the protection of critical assets and information. He directs all aspects of corporate security operations, including information, physical, and special security. He is responsible for developing the company's cybersecurity strategy and executing all cyber work program activities across the company's federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) and all government customers.