"We're sorry. All the user data on your hard drive has been encrypted."
As you read the popup, you realize that the worm you acquired is busy moving from PC to PC and all SMB shares. Your whole datacenter is almost locked up. Shutting down your PC, you turn on your WiFi-connected, and soon to be hacked, phone only to find that the preventative for this hack has been available for over a year at the darkweb site, "qzbkwsabc5k2oj5d.onion" Of COURSE you should have known!
Maybe you might want to grab your towel and get out of there, because thinking the Internet is "mostly harmless" is what causes the most trouble for individuals and organizations worldwide.
We may not use computers to calculate the answer to "Life, the Universe, and Everything," but we do use them for almost every aspect of life from employment to transportation.
Hacker Halted 2017 Recap
When Douglass Adams first ran The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (H2G2) on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, only a little over 50,000 computers had been sold on Earth. Today, in an exponential process, there are over 2 billion PCs on Earth with 238,000 computers being sold every year.
Those computers connect 3,885,567,619 Internet users, that's 51% of the worlds population! And those connected people and organizations are going to be the victims of cybercrime to the tune of $6 trillion by 2021, making cybercrime the largest transfer of wealth in human history. To protect our organizations and assets, we need knowledge!
What is the ultimate knowledge, the ultimate protection, the ultimate package and skillset to keep your network safe? Is it the number 42? Find out at Hacker Halted 2018.