Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Ransomware

Defending Against Today’s Sophisticated Ransomware Attacks

Insight and Perspective From Leaders at Palo Alto Networks and Google Cloud
MK Palmore, director, Office of the CISO, Google Cloud; Wendi Whitmore, senior vice president, Palo Alto Networks Unit 42

With threats growing in volume and sophistication, today’s cyberattacks are outpacing many organization’s defensive capabilities. All around the world, these organizations are being compromised and held hostage by ransomware, with many being forced to pay cyber criminals because they’re not equipped to combat the adversary.

This trend intersects with the continued rise of digital business and represents a magnitude of risk that never previously existed. In times like these, how should enterprises consider retooling their approach and reinforcing defensive strategies in preparation for attack? Listen in as MK Palmore of Google Cloud and Wendi Whitmore of Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 share expert insights.

In this exclusive video interview with Information Security Media Group, Palmore, who is a director in the Office of the CISO at Google Cloud, joins Whitmore, SVP of Palo Alto Networks Unit 42, to discuss:

  • Where current ransomware trends are headed;
  • Refined best practices for detection, prevention and response;
  • Questions to ask when re-evaluating your own ransomware defenses.

MK Palmore currently serves as Director, Office of the CISO, for Google Cloud. MK spent an extensive career in the U.S. Federal Government prior to entering the private sector. In a 22-year career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), MK provided leadership and conducted investigations in a number of areas, including Cybersecurity, Crisis Response/Management, Risk Management Advisory, and Counter-Terrorism. He earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Graziadio Business School. MK began his professional career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Wendi Whitmore serves as senior vice president for Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks. She is a globally recognized cybersecurity leader, with two decades of experience building incident response and threat intelligence teams that have helped clients solve some of the world’s largest and most complex breaches. She joined Palo Alto Networks from IBM, where she led the global X-Force incident response, threat intelligence, incident command, and cyber range teams. She previously held executive level positions in the professional services organizations of CrowdStrike and Mandiant. She began her career as a Special Agent conducting computer crime investigations with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

About the Author

Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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