Chester Wisniewski

Principal Research Scientist

Chester Wisniewski is Principal Research Scientist in the Office of the CTO at Sophos. He provides advice and insight into the latest threats for security and IT professionals with the goal of providing clear guidance on complex topics.

Since joining Sophos in 2003, Chester has worked exclusively in security related engineering work. He previously served at Fortune 500 organizations as a sales engineer, security consultant and network architect. In his current post, he works closely with SophosLabs to study threats in-depth and provide informational seminars, blogs and other publications to customers and the public on securing their networks and data against evolving threats.

Chester has over 15 years’ experience designing, implementing and consulting on network security and related technologies. He frequently speaks at conferences, seminars and user groups providing realistic advice on the defense of our digital assets.

Topic: Evolution of risk - From endpoint ransomware to supply chain compromise
Short overview:

Managing risk well requires an understanding of the current threats you face while looking ahead to where threats may emerge tomorrow. This talk will cover the biggest threats facing organisations today, while sharing the trends we observe in our research labs and how they will likely affect what we will see tomorrow. As humans continue to get more involved in attacks, our approach to defence needs to adjust to the human element: unpredictability.

Topic: Back to the basics: A fresh approach to old problems
Short overview:

When we hear about data breaches in the news, all too often we hear experts say, “If they had only gotten the basics right, they would have avoided this terrible event.” It turns out that the basics are really hard and we are often too dismissive, not just of how important they are to get right, but how they fit into modern network defense. This talk will cover those tricky-to-achieve basics, new ways to use old tools and a strategy for prioritizing them based upon their impact to your defensive posture.