Exploited: Seeing the world through the eyes of hackers


Wednesday, November 7

2:45 – 3:30 pm

Gold / Silver Room

Enterprise / Research Track

Exploited: Seeing The World Through The Eyes Of Hackers

In this presentation, Michael McDonnell will demonstrate real-world hacker techniques and show side-by-side views of what the victim and what the hacker sees. How do hackers take control of your computer or server? What makes you most vulnerable and how can you protect yourself? When your system is compromised, what indication will you have and what does the hacker see?

Most importantly: what can you do to protect yourself, or detect a compromise early?


Michael McDonnell
Director of Security Services, Vcura Canada

Michael McDonnell is the Directory of Security Services at VCURA, where he leads a team of consultants who build effective cybersecurity programs and infrastructure for their clients. Michael has over 25 years of experiencing working on diverse IT projects for educational organizations in Alberta: from K-12, post-secondary, libraries, and various consortia. His past work including pioneering work in Virtual Schools in the 1990s, province wide digital library projects in the 2000s, and extensive cybersecurity work in the 2010s. Michael is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN), and holds a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS).