Computer forensics expert to speak at URI Honors Colloquium about ‘Malware Threat Intelligence,’ Nov. 5

Kingston, R.I. – October 27, 2014 – Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics at the University of Alabama and creator/supervisor of UAB’s PhishIntel system, will speak at the University of Rhode Island Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The free, public lecture by Warner, to be held in Edwards Hall, 64 Upper College Road, on the Kingston campus, is part of URI’s 2014 Honors Colloquium, “Cybersecurity & Privacy.”

Warner is also chief technologist and co-founder for Malcovery Security.

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Click here for a full schedule of Cybersecurity and Privacy speakers.

Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live online at URI Live!

Garner’s talk titled, “Malware Threat Intelligence,” will explain some implications of treating each malware sample as a stand-alone issue and will offer some alternatives on how to respond to malware, how to investigate it and how to research solutions in malware-fighting technologies.

Warner will also address the following:

• How should an incident responder address the presence of a malicious file? Should the responder delete the malware and move on? Or format and reinstall the computer? Or notify the Pentagon?

• How should a corporation possessing personally identifiable information and sensitive intellectual property respond? Has the malware enabled a data breach? Does the corporation need to alert customers? Or will the malware merely send out spam messages advertising fake Viagra?

• How should a law enforcement officer respond to the malware? Is it a single occurrence of a rare Trojan horse written by a high school student? Or is this one instance of a multi-million-node botnet that has stolen $100 million?

Warner has received awards for his contributions to fighting digital crime from Microsoft, the FBI, the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance, BankInfo Security, and the Messaging Malware Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group.

Since beginning his technology career, Warner has taken a pragmatic approach to online security and brought a commitment to protecting the Internet by fighting viruses.

“Our field is putting users all over the world at risk and it’s my responsibility as a computer guy to make sure the tools we made aren’t harming people,” said Warner.

Click here for more information on Warner’s presentation.

In addition to Cox Business the colloquium is sponsored by the URI Honors Program, URI Office of the President; URI Office of the Provost; The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment; The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment; URI College of Human Science and Services; URI Talent Development; URI Multicultural Center; URI College of Arts & Sciences; URI Harrington School of Communications and Media; URI John Hazen White, Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service; URI College of Pharmacy; URI College of Engineering; URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences; URI College of Nursing; URI College of Business Administration; URI Division of Student Affairs; URI Department of Communications and Marketing; URI Department of Publications and Creative Services; URI ITS Instructional Technology and Media Services

This release was written by Rachel Smith, a graduate assistant for the Marketing and Communications Department.