F803 Spring 2019 Cybersecurity: Red Team, Blue Team
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 26–Apr. 30
Instructor: Tom Manteuffel
Anyone who spends time online these days—in other words just about everyone—is familiar with the horror stories about hacking: major government agencies, retail networks, financial services, and social networks. The number of victims is reaching truly staggering levels. But how exactly does one hack? And more importantly, is there any way to protect ourselves? Or how can one at least detect when one is being hacked? After an overview of the evolution of cybersecurity, the course covers the methods of both attack and defense (the “red team” and the “blue team”). In addition, there is coverage of cybercrime, cyberespionage and cyberwarfare. We will explore what really happened at Equifax, Office of Personnel Management and Target. What is Stuxnet really all about? There will be a clear emphasis upon practical tools, freely available and usable at home. While there is no guarantee that they will prevent one from becoming a victim, some tools and techniques will be identified that can help, and you will gain a clearer understanding of the methods used against you and how to even the odds.
Tom Manteuffel retired from Booz Allen after 30 years spent as a cybersecurity consultant to banks, businesses and the federal government, and for the last ten years to the intelligence community. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago and studied computer science at the University of North Carolina. This course is the product of a career spent defending corporate and government computer networks from all levels of cyber threats.