2020 National Cyber Summit

Summit Speaker Wesley McGrew

Session Information

Directions for Improving Offense-Oriented Cyber Services
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dr. McGrew will discuss two sides of his experiences in cyber operations:

- Teaching courses on software reverse engineering and advanced cyber operations
- Leading teams of offense-oriented professionals on penetration testing and red-teaming engagements.

Dr. McGrew will describe the challenges associated with conducting large-scale engagements for client organizations in manufacturing, finance, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and government--specifically in terms of the training/educational requirements of individual operators, including:

- Operational security
- Vulnerability analysis
- Software development experience
- Reverse engineering
- Management of large-scale engagements
- Analytic Skills - Moving from data collection to providing intelligence
- "Soft skills" - Writing, Presenting, Client Interaction

For each operational challenge, examples from real-world engagements will be described that illustrate the need for specific skills, knowledge, and process to be taught in cyber operations education. By bridging these gaps, the shortage of qualified cyber operations professionals can be addressed, and more actionable intelligence can be provided to client organizations as a result of offense-oriented services.
Von Braun Center - North Hall Salon 2
Dr. Wesley McGrew photo
Dr. Wesley McGrew
Director of Cyber Operations
HORNE Cyber
Wesley McGrew oversees and participates in offense-oriented operations as Director of Cyber Operations for HORNE Cyber. He has presented on topics of penetration testing and and malware analysis at DEF CON and Black Hat USA. He teaches self-designed courses on reverse engineering and cyber operations to students at Mississippi State University. Wesley has a PhD in Computer Science from Mississippi State University for his research in vulnerability analysis of SCADA HMI systems.