Black Hat Webcast Series: Understanding and Disrupting Offensive Innovations


Previous research by the New York Cyber Task Force examined which innovations have given defenders over attackers at the greatest scale and least cost.

New research is working to flip the questions, and examine what technology, operational, and policy innovations have, over the past decades, done the most to systemically advantage the attackers.

This presentation discusses this research with lessons on what defenders can do to disrupt those attacker advantages.

To read a webinar summary, click here.


Jason Healey, Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs

Jason Healey is Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, specializing in cyber conflict and risk. He started his career as a US Air Force intelligence officer, before moving to cyber response and policy jobs at the White House and Goldman Sachs.

He was founding director for cyber issues at the Atlantic Council where he founded the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge for cyber policy students and is the editor of the first history of conflict in cyberspace,A Fierce Domain: Cyber Conflict, 1986 to 2012. He is on the DEF CON review board and served on the Defense Science Board task force on cyber deterrence.

Dmitri Alperovitch, Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator

Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit focused on advancing American prosperity and global leadership in the 21st century and beyond.

He is a Co-Founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., a leading cybersecurity company. A renowned cybersecurity visionary and business executive, Alperovitch is a thought-leader on cybersecurity strategy and state tradecraft and has served as special advisor to the Department of Defense.

Dave Amsler, Founder & CEO, Cyborg Security

A recognized cybersecurity expert and experienced entrepreneur, Dave founded and self-funded Foreground Security, a leading MSP and 1st of its kind VSOC, building the company into the 7th largest Cyber Security Services firm in North America before being acquired by Raytheon.

Dave is heavily involved in the industry and is an original investor in Swimlane, a leading vendor in the SOAR industry, as well as other startups. He has held senior leadership positions at CyberSpann and GE. He is credited with creating the threat hunting category, leading new innovations in the space and is a well-known thought leader in the cybersecurity ecosystem.