Yordan Ganchev

Security Operations Center Manager ExpressVPN


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

Giorgi Akhalaia

Associate Professor of ICT, Caucasus University; Scientific Cyber Security Association; Cyber Security Main Specialist at Caucasus Cyber Security Center - Regional Representative of Bit Sentinel Caucasus University

Andrei Iordan

Director of Advanced Analysis, Global Operations Secureworks

Vencel Cserháti

Cybersecurity and Privacy Officer Huawei Technologies Hungary

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Orange Romania is part of the Orange Group, one of the largest global telecommunications operators that connects hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. With over 11 million local 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 for both individual and corporate customers, from basic connectivity services to complete mobile, fixed internet, TV packages, and complex IT&C solutions through Orange Business

Orange Romania is the number 1 operator in terms of network performance, and also holds nine consecutive Top Employer certifications, which confirm that Orange Romania, in addition to the remarkable products and services it offers, pays special attention to its employees and working environment. 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.

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