Darren Van Booven - Chief Technology Officer CRI Advantage, Inc. Darren Van Booven Chief Technology Officer CRI Advantage, Inc.

Speaker Topic: Strategies for Defending Against Ransomware's Heavy Assault on Business in 2019

Abstract: The biggest mistake you can make is thinking ransomware is an "old" topic. It is back, and new variants like Ryuk are tailor-made for maximum disruption. Businesses continue to get exploited, with the average cleanup effort costing hundreds of thousands of dollars (DHS estimates the average impact to be $1 million per incident). All is not lost, however. With a sound strategy, you can minimize your risk of being affected. This talk will focus on the threat, impacts, and realistic approaches you can take to protect yourself that won't break the bank.

Darren Van Booven is CRI’s Chief Technology Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in multiple industries building world-class cybersecurity and information management programs. Prior to recently joining CRI, Mr. Van Booven was the Deputy CIO at the Idaho National Laboratory and had previously served as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Before coming to Idaho, Darren was the CISO for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. where he led the Congressional cybersecurity program. Darren gained deep expertise in technology and cyber threat intelligence working several years at the Central Intelligence Agency in cyber operations and counterintelligence. He is a seven-time receiver of the CIA Exceptional Performance Award and two-time receiver of a Meritorious Unit Citation from the Director of National Intelligence for his work in cyber operations. Darren enjoys hiking and camping, and enjoyment of the outdoors was a big factor in moving to Idaho. He currently resides in Idaho Falls, Idaho with his wife Michelle and has two very energetic miniature pinschers named Barnum and Bailey.