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The Best Defense… Helping Blue Teams Become More Red

Wednesday, January 18
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Room: Virtual
Cybersecurity, Data Privacy
Administrators, Teachers, Technology Leaders/Support

Under the current cyber defense paradigm, threat actors are given the freedom to decide the field of battle. They act, and cyber defenders are forced to react using the standard tools for detection, containment, and remediation. With this in mind, there is value in training defenders to think like attackers and have the attacker mentality blend into their defensive activities. This process, known as “purple teaming”, represents a real potential for affecting the balance of power in the cyber space towards the defense.

David O’Gywnn
David O’Gywnn
Director of Cybersecurity, Next Step Innovation

Next Step Innovation's Director of Cybersecurity, Dr. David O’Gwynn, has 15+ years of experience in cybersecurity research and value-addition to organizations by building scalable, user-centered tools, APIs, and applications. Before his time at Next Step, he was chair and associate professor of the Computer Science department at Belhaven University where he implemented it’s curriculum from the ground up to prepare students for life in in the working world of computer technology. Prior to Belhaven, Dr. O'Gwynn was a research scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in their Cyber Operations Group, supporting the U.S. Department of Defense in protecting the nation’s information systems and networks.