Yordan Ganchev

Security Operations Center Manager ExpressVPN

BIOGRAPHY

Yordan is a seasoned cybersecurity professional with extensive experience in the fields of Threat Intelligence and Security Operations. His prior experience included hunting for advanced persistent threats for one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Coming from a DFIR background (GCFA, GNFA, GCIA) he is most well-versed in hunting for adversaries on enterprise networks and outside of them in-the-wild. Currently he is the SOC Manager for ExpressVPN where he is focused on protecting the privacy and security of millions of users across the globe.

Beyond Security Operations

Over the past few years the threat landscape has rapidly evolved, where adversaries, their tradecraft, tools and capabilities have increased in both complexity and in volume of operations. In the traditional SOC model this would typically mean throwing more budget, logs, vendor tools and human resource to develop a never ending corpus of alerts that lead to SOC fatigue way too often, along with the potential for control evasion due to overzealous allow listing.

In his presentation Yordan will share some of his team’s observations and success stories in applying Google’s “Future of SOC” model in standing up a modern SOC function within a fast paced privacy-oriented tech company. He will showcase pro tips in how to kickstart your threat modeling, threat intelligence or threat hunting programs, the importance of workflow automation (Terraform for detection engineering), the difference between analytics and alerts, what continuous threat hunting represents, and why it’s important to bring security operations as close as possible to the SDLC process. To emphasize all of the above he will share a few case studies and investigations performed by his team, along with the lessons they extracted from them

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Other speakers joining this year

Cosmin Vilcu

Territory Account Manager Infoblox Inc.

Radu Niculita

Network Architect and R&D Cybersecurity Professional Siemens Romania R&D

Bianca Lewis

CEO Girls Who Hack / Secure Open Vote

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Orange Romania is the leader of the local telecom market and part of the Orange Group, one of the largest global telecommunications operators, connecting hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. With over 11 million customers and an annual turnover exceeding 1.5 billion euros, Orange Romania connects 1 in 2 Romanians and offers an extensive range of communication solutions to its customers, both individual users and companies, from basic services up to complete voice services, fixed and mobile data, TV services or smart home services, but also mobile financial services. Orange is also a leader in innovation investing yearly over 200 million euros in network infrastructure and R&D initiatives in Romania. In the past 3 years Orange has launched two 5G Labs in Bucharest and Iasi, that aim to support researchers, startups and companies to test their 5G solutions in advance. In addition, Orange is a long-term supporter of the startup ecosystem through the Orange Fab accelerator program designed to support entrepreneurs in the development of innovative products and their distribution locally and internationally. 

Orange Services was created in 2013 and is a 100% owned subsidiary of Orange Group. As a technology services company, our DNA is in IT, but our teams also work in other domains including mobile networks and a number of commercial and business functions. Orange Services is one of the largest technology hubs in the Orange Group, working internationally for both Orange corporate functions and country operations. Through a unique combination of cutting edge know-how and expertise, our teams provide a broad range of services: development and supervision of IT services in domains such as Big Data, Cloud, M2M, IoT, TV, Connected Objects; design and development of IT infrastructure and desktop solutions; testing & planning for mobile networks; implementation of supply chain solutions and also improvement of commercial & business performance including BI, CRM, Analytics, Digital learning and Customer Care. Visit us on LinkedIn.

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