Erich Kron

Erich Kron

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Erich Kron, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, is a veteran information security professional with over 20 years’ experience in the medical, aerospace manufacturing and defense fields. He is the former security manager for the 2nd Regional Cyber Center-Western Hemisphere and holds CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, MCITP and ITIL v3 certifications, among others. Erich has worked with information security professionals around the world to provide the tools, training and educational opportunities to succeed in Information Security.

The Gilligan Phenomenon: Fixing The Holes In the Ransomware And Phishing Boats

Social engineering attacks, especially phishing related ones, continue to batter businesses and individuals ruthlessly. Ransomware has reached epidemic proportions and organizations have lost billions of dollars to CEO Fraud and W2 scams. It seems every technology vendor has a “cure” for these attacks however they continue to be successful time and time again.

In this session, we will take a look at the problem from an original angle based on the antics in the famous television show, Gilligan’s Island. We will discuss technical and non-technical approaches to the problems of ransomware and phishing attacks while addressing the age-old question, “If they can make a radio out of coconuts why aren’t they fixing the hole in the boat?”

This session will discuss:
• Current phishing trends and scams
• Ransomware attacks and defense
• Why technical mitigations fail to solve the issue
• Why end-users are often the “holes” in the boat