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Why going for high score is a good thing @ Hess Club
Feb 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Presentation: Why going for high score is a good thing

Speaker: Frank Leyva, Cybersecurity Engineer


In 2018, the stakes for cyber-attacks were higher than ever. We as a community continued to witness attention-grabbing security incidents dominate headlines news, including the most massive Denial of Service attack ever recorded. But is this a bad thing? Some would be quick to say yes, but I believe hackers going for high score is a good thing only if we can learn from their actions.

Attackers have proven that they are capable of continually developing new techniques as well as improving the efficiency of the old. Over the last few years, my team and I have seen a steady growth in the development and evolution of the Denial of Service threat landscape, including several world record attempts. In this talk, I will discuss how the Denial of Service landscape has evolved over the years by highlighting the differences between the last two record-breaking attacks, Mirai (DYN) an IoT based botnet and Memcached (GitHub) an amplification attack.

We will then discuss the future of Denial of Service attacks and what the landscape will look like as other technologies and protocols continue to evolve. We will talk about why amplification attacks will always be a significant vector and how we can begin to forecast what the potential risks will be. We will do this by reviewing the current threats around susceptible protocols and how attackers currently can launch masked amplified attacks for high score.

Bio: Frank Leyva is a Cybersecurity Engineer with Radware, a market leader in Cyber Security with a Focus on Network and Application level availability, and security. Prior to that he was a subject matter expert in network security defense with a leading anti-malware company, performing advanced threat analysis, deep packet inspection, and creating hacker profiles for after attack reports.  His skillset spans across all infrastructures, from on premise, physical and virtual, to cloud, ISP, hosting, and carrier grade networks. He has spoken at many engagements with security partners, vendors, and C-level executives, continuously striving to stay up to date with current security trends, vulnerabilities and exploits. He is also prior service Marine, and a member of LinkedIn Vets, Infragard North Texas chapter, Dallas Hackers Association, and is an advisory board member for Navarro College.

Contact Information:

 Name: Frank Leyva
 Title: Cybersecurity Engineer
 Company: Radware
 Phone: 214-587-7920
 eMail: leyva

Sponsor Information:

Contact Name: Kelsey Martel
Phone: 603-785-8695
About our Sponsor: Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network – both today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture, comprised of proprietary technologies from next-generation firewalls, SD-WAN solutions, NAC, SIEM, etc., can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud or mobile environments.

Luncheon Meeting Schedule:


11:15 a.m. Registration / Networking
11:30 a.m. Luncheon / Networking
11:45 a.m. Chapter Business Meeting
12:00 noon Keynote Presentation
1:00 p.m. Adjourn Luncheon


  • An interest in information security.


  • 1 CPE