Olaf Hartong

Controlled Chaos: Ensuring Defense Robustness Through Automated Attacks

In an era where cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, it is imperative to ensure the robustness of our defense mechanisms. This presentation, outlines an approach of using controlled, automated realistic attacks as a means of validating the effectiveness of existing security controls, ensuring they are capable of detecting and mitigating threats. This practice allows us to identify unintentional blind spots, validate detection capabilities, and ultimately, improve our defensive posture. The talk will encompass the significance of strong validated defense mechanisms, the role of simulated attacks in testing these defenses, and the practical considerations involved. We will explore real-life instances where this strategy has been employed, analyzing the lessons learned and best practices derived. This presentation aims to empower its audience with knowledge and encourage a proactive approach towards cybersecurity.