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Cyber Defense Talk: Lateral Threat Movement and Zero Trust

09 Apr
Friday, 04/09/2021 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Undergraduate Event
Speaker: Chetan Gopal

Please join us for a presentation by Chetan Gopal, Chief Innovation Officer at Avocado Systems, on lateral threat movement inside the perimeter, and the advent of the zero-trust security model. Lateral movement refers to when an attacker compromises a device within a network, and then leverages it to gain access to other assets on that network, moving "laterally" until their goal is achieved. The zero trust model aims to limit the extent to which attackers can infiltrate a network in this way, by not assuming that devices inside the network are uncompromised.

Bio: Chetan is the Chief Innovation Officer at Avocado Systems Inc., where he is spearheading product engineering activities, security solutions, and new business development for the last 12 months.

Chetan was previously an Innovation Leader focused on Emerging Technologies and Product Innovation at Verizon Enterprise Solutions. During his 23-year tenure at Verizon, he has worked in various leadership roles from product engineering, application development, architecture, and customer support.

Chetan holds both a Doctor of Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from India. He has authored several research papers in the field of distributed multi-media and a book chapter on hyper-media scheduling.

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The passcode can be found in the cybersecurity club's newsletter, in a reminder email sent a couple of hours before the event, or on their discord in the #club-announcements channel. Otherwise, please contact Thomas Callaghan (tcallaghan@umass.edu) if you would like access to the talk!