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Webinar: How Two-Factor Authentication Defends Against User-Targeted Attacks

Did you happen to miss Duo Security’s webinar with the SANS Institute in late November? No worries, we have the full recording available here! Watch our joint webinar as we cover the evolution of strong authentication over the years as well as its role in disrupting user-targeted attacks.

According to the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, stolen usernames and passwords were used in four out of five data breaches last year, indicating that, in most cases, users are being targeted in order to gain full access and privileges to confidential databases and networks.

To counteract user-targeted attacks, two-factor authentication has been recognized as the best protection against stolen passwords, and, ultimately, stolen personal and corporate data.

By combining something that an individual knows (a password) with something that they also have (authentication via a device, like a phone), two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of defense to user access security, proving particularly convenient and secure when attempting to connect to networks from remote locations.

Though ideal in theory, the execution of two-factor has left much to be desired. Traditional two-factor authentication solutions have been disruptive to user workflows and difficult for administrators to deploy, not to mention expensive to maintain.

Listen to our webinar as we describe how the evolution of two-factor has resulted in a powerful cloud-based solution that eliminates unnecessary hardware and software while providing an easy-to-use, quickly scalable security tool.

Strong authentication benefits companies in all industry verticals; yet retail, e-commerce, healthcare and social media giants like Facebook, Yelp and Twitter have seen the fastest adoption of cloud-based authentication.

Watch the webinar to find specific use cases and how they successfully implemented two-factor for security and ease of usability.

This webinar features John Pescatore, SANS Director of Emerging Security Trends and Dug Song, Duo Security CEO and co-founder. Here’s a little more about each of the speakers:

John Pescatore, Director of Emerging Security Trends, SANS

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging security trends in January 2013. He has 35 years experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to joining the SANS Institute, Mr. Pescatore was Gartner’s lead security analyst for 13 years, working with global 5000 corporations and major technology and service providers. Before joining Gartner, Mr. Pescatore was Senior Consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems, where he started, grew and managed security consulting groups focusing on firewalls, network security, encryption and Public Key Infrastructures. Prior to that, Mr. Pescatore spent 11 years with GTE developing secure computing and telecommunications systems. Mr. Pescatore began his career at the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the United States Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a NSA Certified Cryptologic Engineer. He is also an Extra class amateur radio operator, callsign K3TN.

Dug Song, CEO and Co-Found of Duo Security

Dug has a history of leading successful products and companies to solve pressing security problems. Dug spent 7 years as founding Chief Security Architect at Arbor Networks, protecting 80% of the world's Internet service providers, and growing to $120M+ annual revenue before its acquisition by Danaher. Before Arbor, Dug built the first commercial network anomaly detection system (acquired by NFR / Check Point), and managed security in the world's largest production Kerberos environment (University of Michigan). Dug's contributions to the security community include popular open source security (OpenSSH, libdnet, dsniff), distributed filesystem (NFSv4), and operating system (OpenBSD) projects, and co-founding the USENIX Workshop On Offensive Technologies (WOOT).

About the SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world. A range of individuals from auditors and network administrators, to chief information security officers are sharing the lessons they learn and are jointly finding solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in varied global organizations from corporations to universities working together to help the entire information security community.