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Fight Back: How to Stop Cyber Criminals During the Pandemic

Cyber criminals and nation-states are seizing on the COVID-19 pandemic, exploiting widespread uncertainty and fear to execute cyberattacks against individuals, businesses, and government agencies. Authorities in the United States and United Kingdom recently warned that attackers are leveraging virus-themed emails, Trojan Horse-like software, and misleading websites to target victims–millions of whom are newly vulnerable due to a massive and unprecedented transition to teleworking. The situation presents new challenges, but also opportunities for defenders to innovate.

This webinar will detail the effects of COVID-19 on the neverending struggle to secure cyberspace and introduce the Cyber Threat Intelligence League, a collective of over 1400 cybersecurity professionals and government experts from 40 countries, born out of the pandemic and dedicated to shutting down this new breed of cyberattacks as quickly as possible.

We will be joined by:

  • Tonya Ugoretz, Deputy Assistant Director, FBI Cyber Division
  • Marc Rogers, Executive Director of Cybersecurity, Okta
  • John Carlin, Chair, Aspen Cybersecurity Program


Tonya Ugoretz is the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for the FBI Cyber Division, where she oversees intelligence, policy, technical support to operations, workforce readiness, and outreach. Ms. Ugoretz began government service in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow. In 2003, she became the first analyst to serve as the FBI Director’s daily briefer. She held leadership roles in the Directorate of Intelligence, and was the FBI’s Chief Intelligence Officer from 2010 to 2012. She has served in joint duty assignments with CIA, Customs and Border Protection, and the National Intelligence Council. Most recently, she spent three years as the first Director of ODNI’s multiagency Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). Prior to joining the FBI, Ms. Ugoretz was an editor of foreign policy journals and IEEE publications. Ms. Ugoretz received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal from the DNI and the Director’s Award for Exceptionally Meritorious Service from the National Counterterrorism Center.

Marc Rogers is the Executive Director of Cybersecurity at Okta. With a career that spans more than twenty years, he has been hacking since the 80’s and is now a white-hat hacker. Prior to Okta, Mr. Rogers served as the Head of Security for Cloudflare and spent a decade managing security for the UK operator, Vodafone. He was a CISO in South Korea and co-founded a disruptive Bay Area startup. In his role as technical advisor on “Mr. Robot,” he helped create hacks for the show. He also organizes the world’s largest hacking conference: DEF CON.

John P. Carlin, former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division (NSD) and former Chief of Staff to then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, is Chair of Aspen Digital’s Cybersecurity Program. He also chairs Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk and Crisis Management practice group and is co-chair of the National Security practice group. He served as a top-level official in both Republican and Democratic administrations prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, regularly advises industry-leading organizations in sensitive cyber and other national security matters, internal investigations, and government enforcement actions.

Event information
Thu Apr 16, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT