Jon Ramsey, Chief Technology Officer, SecureWorks Inc
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Chief Technology Officer

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SecureWorks Inc
One Concourse Parkway Suite 500
Atlanta , Georgia 30328
United States

Company Description: With over 2,000 clients, SecureWorks is one of the market's leading Security as a Service providers. Organizations are protected from external and internal...   more
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  • Bachelor of Science , Computer Science
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Master , Software Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon University
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Jon Ramsey | Dell SecureWorks
www.secureworks.com, 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
Jon Ramsey
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Jon Ramsey
Executive Director, CTO and Dell Fellow
Jon Ramsey is the Chief Technology Officer at Dell SecureWorks in Atlanta, GA and a Dell Fellow. Ramsey has 25 years of hands-on experience at every level: system administrator, software engineer, analyst, security penetration specialist and senior engineer. Prior to joining Dell SecureWorks, Ramsey worked for the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), Siemens, and the University of Pittsburgh. Ramsey earned a Master's degree in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Jon Ramsey Executive Director, CTO and Dell Fellow
MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta
www.mitforumatlanta.org, 10 Feb 2013 [cached]
Jon Ramsey, Chief Technology Officer Dell SecureWorks
Jon Ramsey is the CTO of Dell SecureWorks. An information security expert with policy-making responsibility, Jon has over 20 years of hands-on experience at every level: system administrator, software engineer, analyst, security penetration specialist and senior engineer. Prior to joining Dell SecureWorks, Jon worked for the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), Siemens, and the University of Pittsburgh. Jon earned a Master's degree in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
SecureWorks CTO Jon Ramsey ...
www.insightaas.com, 17 Feb 2015 [cached]
SecureWorks CTO Jon Ramsey described this process as starting with "reconnaissance" on who to attack through study of factors such as the target's family, the technology used, and the target's browser history to build a profile. The next steps involve: identifying the target's weak underbelly (vulnerability) in order to create the most appropriate distribution and delivery mechanism for the attack (the right email phishing pitch, for example); exploitation, or execution of the attack package when it arrives on the target machine; the installation of code to maintain control and attacks on adjacent systems; communications to maintain command and control of compromised targets, "action" based on the threat agent's objectives (to steal information, intellectual property or money); and finally, exfiltration of the data, code or personal information into the arms of the adversary. Typically, Ramsey argued, the security industry focuses on "indicators of compromise" - the last four steps in the Kill Chain process (steps 5-8); however, the point is to intercept the threat before it reaches the stage of compromise. "What we do in the Threat Intelligence Service," Ramsey explained, "is we look for 'threat indicators' that you can use any time to detect what a threat actor is doing in any one of these steps in the process." The SecureWorks counter threat team can provide, Ramsey claimed, "all the information you need to defend yourself at each step in the Kill Chain in your environment" - and as a result, initiate a shift from remediation to preventative action.
Jon Ramsey, CTO, Dell SecureWorks
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Jon Ramsey, CTO, Dell SecureWorks
According to Ramsey, threats at each of these stages are difficult to detect, especially for the typical client organization, and it is in threat identification that the team dons the real cloak and dagger. For example, to identify 'reconnaisance' threats, the team essentially assumes the role of the threat actor, carrying out this activity through "executive and brand surveillance" in order to build reports on what is the likely target and attack mode, or researchers troll the underground to identify and build relationships with malware brokers in order to understand vulnerabilities and weaponization. At each stage in the Kill Chain process, SecureWorks researchers employ different intelligence gathering techniques, assembling a threat profile that often takes advantage of link analysis of various threat indicators.
As it is virtually impossible to know with certainty who and how many 'bad guys' are out there - or indeed what the latest techniques are, SecureWorks, as do other security vendors rely heavily on the application of heuristics and analytics to organizational, hacker or even individual employee behaviours. "We have made huge investments in machine learning," Ramsey explained. "The problem essentially is that the whole security industry approach until now assumes that you can know how many bad guys are out there and what their malware is. But when you don't know, you simply infer, based on behaviour in the history of the organization. You look for anomalies, put in a probability inference engine and can find some things with some degree of confidence that are malicious based on prior knowledge of the tactics, techniques and procedures of the threat actors." Or at least SecureWorks can: "We have been working on this problem for a really long time, and we're getting pretty good at it," Ramsey added.
Armed with this intelligence on tactics and threat procedures, the client, in theory at least, can take appropriate measures to defend their systems - including contract for managed security services with SecureWorks' Security Operations Command, which is provided with the same threat information.
For its part, SecureWorks is looking to focus on the creation and integration of this type of approach in other solution categories. In its recently announced Advanced End Point Threat Detection Services, for example, SecureWorks is relying on developing intelligence on end point systems. Ramsey explained: "What's happening from a threat perspective is that as we study the tools, techniques and procedures we see that the threat actor assumes you're going to have an IBS system or a next generation firewall.
Management Team | Dell SecureWorks
www.secureworks.com, 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
Jon Ramsey Executive Director, CTO and Dell Fellow
Jon Ramsey, Chief Technology ...
www.argylejournal.com, 31 Oct 2013 [cached]
Jon Ramsey, Chief Technology Officer for Dell SecureWorks, discussed the ways to counteract a cyber attack and how to balance security with privacy.
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