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GroupSense's Kurtis Minder and Nicole Hoffman to Speak at RSA

Dec 21, 2021 5:33:49 PM

GroupSense CEO and co-founder, Kurtis Minder, and Intelligence Analyst, Nicole Hoffman, are speaking at the RSA Conference June 6-9, 2022.

RSA Session: Dissecting The Ransomware Kill Chain: Why Companies Need It

This session will explain the best way to defend against ransomware: “The Ransomware Kill Chain.” Presenters will explain the 15-step framework of the chain – from first access through encryption – by using client case studies and examples of custom-made ransomware playbooks.

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The Ransomware Kill Chain

Nicole was recently featured in an SC Media article, Ransomware Needs its Own Kill Chain Framework. In her article, Nicole talks about the evolution of the Kill Chain, ransomware's threat scenario, how to disrupt the Ransomware Kill Chain and about what's beyond the Kill Chain. Below is an excerpt from the SC Media article:

"Security teams also have a considerable amount of work before and after the kill chain. Before, organizations should take steps to minimize the opportunities for threat actors to establish access. For example, the most common attack vectors used to carry out ransomware attacks are phishing campaigns, remote desktop protocol (RDP) vulnerabilities, and software vulnerabilities. Addressing these important issues could substantially reduce the number of soft targets for threat actors.

Likewise, companies should properly prepare for a ransomware attack. Generic incident response plans will not get the job done – security teams need to have a specialized ransomware response plan in place where executives and third parties have engaged in tabletop exercises and know exactly what needs to happen. Companies should discuss issues like “should we pay ransom or not?” ahead of time, and if the company opts to pay, it needs to assign a predefined (and competent) representative to handle the negotiation and transaction with the threat actor."

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About RSA

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RSA was originally planned for February 2022, but has been moved to June 2022. 

Ransomware Kill ChainAbout Kurtis Minder

Kurtis Minder is the CEO and co-founder of GroupSense, a leading provider in Digital Risk solutions. Kurtis built a robust cyber reconnaissance operation protecting some of the largest enterprises and government organizations. Kurtis has been the lead negotiator at GroupSense for ransomware response cases. He has successfully navigated and negotiated some of the largest ransomware, breach, and data extortion cases world-wide. With over 20 years in the information security industry, Kurtis brings a unique blend of technical, sales and executive acumen.

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Ransomware Kill ChainAbout Nicole Hoffman

Nicole Hoffman is an experienced Intelligence Analyst with a passion for developing her fellow analysts. Her work, research, and presentations have inspired and educated others around the international analytic community. She has presented work at the 2021 SANS CTI Summit, GRIMMCON, SOCstock, the 2020 SANS Threat Hunting & Incident Response Summit, All the Talks Con, and so much more.

Nicole currently holds a BS in Information Technology with a minor in Cyber Security along with CompTIA's Sec+. You can check out her blog at

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