The Advanced Persistent Threat: An Overview of Adversarial Nation State Cyber Operations against the United States

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Course Overview

This course will provide a primer for the top national security cyber threats to the United States as well as the role of federal government agencies and private sector companies to counter them.   

Learning Objectives

Students will learn about the background, development, and capabilities of the cyber programs for China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Students will also learn about current U.S. Government efforts to thwart foreign state cyber operations. This course will help homeland security practitioners understand the motivations and capabilities of advanced persistent threat (APT) actors so they can be better advocates for improved cybersecurity practices at their organizations.   

Module 1: Introduction to Advanced Persistent Threats

Module 6: U.S. Government’s Role in Countering APTs

Module 7: Private Sector’s Role in Countering APTs

About the Instructor

Elvis Chan is an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) assigned to FBI San Francisco. ASAC Chan manages the field office’s Cyber Branch, which is responsible for cyber investigations, digital forensics, technical operations, and private sector engagement. With over 16 years in the Bureau, he is a decorated agent who is recognized within the Intelligence Community as an election cybersecurity and cyberterrorism expert.

ASAC Chan was the lead agent on significant cyber investigations and managed joint counterterrorism operations with domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies. Prior to joining the Bureau, ASAC Chan was a process development engineer in the semiconductor industry for almost 12 years. He holds two U.S. patents, presents at many technical and law enforcement symposiums, and published multiple articles in journals. ASAC Chan earned his bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Washington and his master’s degree in homeland security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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