Access Denied: Keeping Yourself off an Attacker’s Radar

Date: Friday, July 15, 2016
Time: 4:15 - 5:00 pm (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Format: General Lecture Session

Session description

Google's recent Transparency Report shows that nearly half a million websites are now hosting malware, an increase of 160 percent from this time last year. Higher education websites are particularly attractive to attackers, offering access to large amounts of bandwidth and broad network space.

In this session, we’ll explore how attackers find vulnerable WordPress sites and what counter-measures you can take to deter them. We’ll also examine blackbox scanning tools to discover what types of information your WordPress site might be leaking to attackers. Then we'll explore steps we can take to stop this information leakage — one key segment of a larger strategy to fortify WordPress sites.


Paul Gilzow

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Lead Programmer, University of Missouri

Paul Gilzow is the lead programmer for the Division of Marketing and Communications at the University of Missouri, where he has worked as a web applications programmer since 2005. Certified by the SANS Institute in web application security, Paul frequently works with campus IT security to deliver presentations to fellow developers and assists in triaging and cleaning up compromised WordPress sites on campus.


  • General Lecture Session: Access Denied: Keeping Yourself off an Attacker's Radar

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