Detecting the Identity Trojan Horse: The Human Element of Cyber Breaches and its Paradox with Cyber Identity

On-Demand Webcast|1 hour

In the digital age, identity serves as both a shield and a sword in the realm of cybersecurity. Statistics reveal that 74% of breaches stem from the human element, highlighting the paradoxical nature of identity in the cyber era. This panel explores the interplay between social engineering and technological sophistication to detect these Identity Trojan Horses. The challenge is the ubiquity of digital identities across multiple IdP’s that further complicates the landscape, blurring the lines between authentication and access. This is blur or blind spot is where the Trojan Horse take advantage knowing they CAN have access. This panel will also discuss why we need to adapt this mindset of CAN the user have access to SHOULD the user have access. Come hear how organizations can fortify their defenses against identity-based breaches and address the visibility gap between authenticated identities and trusted access by a data-driven and AI-first approach.


Bill Brenner
VP, Content Strategy
CyberRisk Alliance

InfoSec content strategist, researcher, director, tech writer, blogger and community builder. Senior Vice President of Audience Content Strategy at CyberRisk Alliance.

Aaron Woland
Distinguished Engineer

Aaron Woland, CCIE No. 20113, Distinguished Engineer for Cisco’s Security business.
Aaron’s primary job responsibilities include security design, solution enhancements, standards development, identity security and futures. Aaron joined Cisco in 2005 and is currently a member of numerous security advisory boards and standards body working groups. Prior to joining Cisco, Aaron spent 12 years as a Consultant and Technical Trainer. Aaron has seven published books in the security field, many published white papers, design guides, and video training courses. Aaron is the single most decorated member of the Hall of Fame Elite for Distinguished Speakers at Cisco Live. His industry certifications include: GIACx7, CeH, MCSE, VCP, CCSP, CCNP, CCDP and many other industry certifications.

Matt Caulfield
VP of Product for Identity Security

Matt joined Cisco following the successful acquisition of his identity security startup, Oort, a pioneer in identity threat detection & response (ITDR) where Matt was Founder & CEO. Matt previously led the Boston Innovation Team as a Principal Engineer at Cisco. As an engineer turned entrepreneur, he brings 15 years of industry experience in domains spanning identity, security, and networking.

Michael Farnum
Advisory CISO

Michael Farnum is an Advisory CISO for Trace3 and has been in the IT and Information Security fields since 1994. During this time, Michael has held numerous senior cybersecurity consulting, architecture, and leadership roles in various industries such as healthcare, staffing, and software development. Michael has spent the last several years working for cybersecurity solutions providers in the consulting, application security, and reseller spaces, where he has helped numerous organizations assess and build their security and compliance programs.