Double Trouble

Ransomware and Business Email Compromise

event Friday, 23 October 2020

For most of us 2020 will not be the year we look back upon most favourably, but the same might not be said for cybercriminals. For them, it would seem the sun has been shining brightly, and oh boy have they been busy making hay.

In Australia, the ACSC reported that “Phishing and spearphishing emails have consistently remained the most common cyber security incidents”.

Criminals are primarily using this attack vector with two endgames in mind - Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams, and ransomware attacks.

Armed with a bit of history and some observation on where we are today, Trustwave’s Eric Pinkerton will explore why these attacks appear to be increasing in chutzpah, cadence and consequence for the victims and their customers, and offer up some speculation about the trajectory we are on.

Our Product Manager, Apurv Dogra will provide some tips on how we can utilise key functions of email gateways to best insulate ourselves from these attacks. Together with Eric you’ll learn how best to respond if all else fails.


Friday 23 October 2020
11:00 a.m. AEDT / 1:00 p.m. NZDT

About our speakers

Eric Pinkerton - Director, Consulting and Professional Services, Trustwave in Pacific

Eric has been breaking things just to fix them again since before he could walk. At 20, he spent his summer evenings as a nightclub bouncer, and read tarot cards during the day. He didn’t realise it back then, but nothing could have prepared him better for a career in Infosec, trying to predict the future, whilst ducking the punches.

Eric cut his teeth as a technologist for the BBC World Service in London, where he learned the importance of ‘educate, inform and entertain’ He also developed his passion for emerging technologies with a bent for security. Arriving in Australia in 2003, he landed an operational role at Australia’s first IP Telco, and has since served hard time at Telstra, Stratsec/BAE Systems, Datacom, CSC and finally Hivint (now a part of Trustwave). Eric has presented at Cebit, AusCERT, AISA and AusNOG believes in a healthy level of cynicism and blogs about privacy, security and the myth of infallibility in humans.

Apurv Dogra, Product Manager, Trustwave in Australia and New Zealand

Apurv Dogra is a Product Manager at Trustwave, focusing on email security across Australia and New Zealand. With experience working with clients of all sizes, Aps is an expert in understanding the business and technology drivers that require organisations to uplift their email protection. He is responsible for the product functionality in this region, working with key Trustwave partners, including resellers and our partner Optus, to adapt the on premise and cloud solutions for thousands of clients as well as prospects. Aps takes a trusted advisor role, often sharing client experiences and best practices, and works with the worldwide development team to advance our leading threat detection capability.