About Chalk Talks
Sourcefire Chalk Talks were developed to address the chasm between the vast number of online threats people face today and their general understanding of cybersecurity issues. This chasm is not limited to the average computer user. For example, most academic institutions allow students to graduate with a degree in computer science without requiring any knowledge of cybersecurity, assuming they even offer coursework in cybersecurity in the first place.
Whether you are a computer science student interested in supplementing course work, or an IT security specialist looking to further understand trends, or just someone interested in learning more about cybersecurity, we think you'll will find the videos of great utility.
Although Sourcefire has developed a variety of technological solutions in the area of cybersecurity, the videos themselves are product agnostic. There is no mention of Sourcefire offerings. The videos are meant to be a pure educational resource. They are done in a simple chalk talk style so that we can get to the heart of the content. Further, recognizing how busy people are, we strive to make each video roughly 10 minutes in length.
The current topics include malware defense, the evolution of computer viruses, cryptography/authentication/passwords, rootkits, botnets, alternate platforms (e.g., virtual and mobile), case studies (e.g., malware like Flame, Sality, and ZeroAccess, as well as new vulnerabilities), and threat taxonomies. We source topics based on a combination of what we see as important in the field and also what areas of cybersecurity seem to be getting mindshare. Ultimately, however, our most important source of future topic ideas is you. We would welcome your suggestions and feedback on future video ideas.
About the Security Scientist
Zulfikar Ramzan is Chief Scientist of Sourcefire's Cloud Technology Group, where he works closely with customers and with the engineering teams to shape the technical vision as well as the in-field efficacy of the company's core anti-malware offerings. He uses his subject matter expertise in malware, machine learning, large-scale data mining, and information security to protect Sourcefire's customers from the latest threats. Zulfikar also spearheaded Sourcefire's Chalk Talk series, which comprise over 100 videos on a variety of topics in cybersecurity.
Prior to joining Sourcefire via the Immunet acquisition, Zulfikar was Technical Director of Symantec's Security Technology and Response division. There he was the architect of Symantec's Reputation-based security technologies, known as Ubiquity and Insight, which are respectively a fundamental part of Symantec's consumer and enterprise security offerings.
Zulfikar also ran Symantec's Advanced Threat Research team and is considered an authority on emerging threat landscape trends including malware, phishing, online fraud, and Web 2.0 security. He is a recognized expert in the field of cryptography and has co-authored 50+ technical articles and two books, including Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2008. Zulfikar has 40+ granted patents. He was selected and served as General Chair of Crypto 2010.
Beyond that, Zulfikar is a frequent public speaker and has briefed both numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and Reuters, as well as members of the United States Congress on cyber-security trends and issues.
Zulfikar holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
You can follow Zulfikar on Twitter at @zulfikar_ramzan; feel free to drop him a note with feedback and also suggestions for future video topics!