Friday, Dec 6
12 – 1 p.m.
Friday, Dec 6
Location: Davidson Math and Science Center 102
In this talk, I would like to share a case study regarding a recent breach investigation we conducted at the request of a major Federal Credit Union in Florida earlier this year. The results were symbiotic of the financial industries' abysmal attempts to protect themselves using band aids and "tiger teams". Where we initially suspected a small number of compromised machines, we were able to identify nearly 90 breaches throughout their enterprise, putting more than 15M card holders in a vulnerable state. What's intriguing however, is that it did not stop there.
With more than 30 years of counterintelligence and security experience, as a retired Counterintelligence Special Agent and US Army Warrant Officer, Tony Rucci recently followed his dream and as started his own company, /Root Technology, LLC. With a Core Emphasis on Secure Networking, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Data Center Planning, Design, and Efficiencies, /Root Technology has exceeded all our expectations of what can and will be our future. Prior to founding /Root, Tony served as the Director of Data Center Services (DCS) for NJVC, LLC, based in Reno, NV. Mr. Rucci was responsible for all aspects of program development, integration, transition and security & risk for NJVC's data center services throughout their corporate environment, as well as consulting in support of NJVC's worldwide, Information Technology mission to the Department of Defense, and US Intelligence Community, as well as Critical Infrastructure Protection.
Prior to his employment with NJVC, Mr. Rucci was an Intelligence Programs Manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee where he spearheaded the design and technical accreditation of the MultiProgram Research Facility (MRF). Subsequently, Tony served as the Collection Manager and Director of Cyber Initiatives reaching into to his community of interest and promoted as the IC Programs Developer for the Global Security Directorate.
Prior to ORNL, Mr. Rucci retired after 21 years as a United States Army Counterintelligence (CI) Warrant Officer / Special Agent, having served in a variety of leadership positions and conducted numerous security and espionage investigations to protect our national interests, culminating with his final assignment as the Counterintelligence Operations Officer for the Director of Security, White House Military Office.
During the attacks of 11 September 2001, Mr. Rucci and the Director of Security quickly formulated a plan of action and implemented it. Mr. Rucci relocated with the First Lady where he served as the military support officer providing critical assistance in establishing contact between the President and the First Lady. He also used his extensive knowledge of communications protocol and continuity of government plans to help the United States Secret Service interact with Department of Defense elements to develop plans to provide for the safety of the First Lady.
Mr. Rucci was the lead counterintelligence officer on over 70 Presidential visits to 94 foreign countries. During these trips, he performed diverse tasks to ensure the White House Military Office mission was successfully performed, provided force protection measures to ensure the security of military forces, provided critical intelligence to the Military Aide to the President and the United States Secret Service, which affected the President of the United States. Mr. Rucci accomplished this by fusing disparate information from national intelligence agencies, host country law enforcement agencies, and Department of State personnel into a coherent, succinct threat picture.
Mr. Rucci retired from the U.S. Army and left the White House in December 2004 but continues to serve the intelligence community and national security efforts in his current capacity with /Root Technology. Mr. Rucci speaks regularly at government and security industry events on such topics as Critical Infrastructure Protection, Spear Phishing, Social Networking and Insider Threats. Mr. Rucci and his wife Pam are "Proud Empty Nesters" and reside in sunny Reno, Nevada. They have one adult son, Antonio II.
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