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Enterprise Security Management Crash Course  

Thursday, January 12 - Thursday, February 2
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John Pironti, President, IP Architects
John Pironti, President, IP Architects

John P. Pironti is the President of IP Architects LLC. He has designed and implemented enterprise-wide electronic business solutions, information security and risk management strategies and programs, enterprise resilience capabilities, and threat and vulnerability management solutions for key customers in a range of industries, including financial services, insurance, energy, government, hospitality, aerospace, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, and information technology on a global scale for over 20 years. Mr. Pironti has a number of industry certifications including Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC), Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP), and Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP). He frequently provides briefings and acts as a trusted advisor to senior leaders of numerous organizations on information security and risk management and compliance topics and is also a member of a number of technical advisory boards for technology and services firms. He is also a published author and writer, highly quoted and often interviewed by global media, and an award-winning frequent speaker on electronic business and information security and risk management topics at domestic and international industry conferences.


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Presenter: Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading
Jan 19 1PM
Thanks to a plethora of major and very public data breaches, security has become one of the most critical issues in IT. What are the chief threats that security departments face, and what are they doing about them? What are today's top priorities for security professionals? This session will include data from two recent surveys of IT and security executives.

Presenter: Rafal Los, Managing Director, Solutions Research and Development, Optiv
Jan 26 1PM
Over the years, most enterprises have acquired a plethora of tools to detect and/or block security threats. But how can organizations monitor these tools to detect potential threats and measure the security posture of the enterprise? In this session, a top expert on security monitoring will offer some advice on how to monitor and report on an enterprise's security posture, and how to use the data from multiple security systems to track down sophisticated threats.

Presenter: David Bradford, Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Strategic Partnership Development, Advisen
Feb 2 1PM
One of the ways that today's enterprises are minimizing cyber security risk is by buying cyber insurance, which promises to pay them back for the costs of a major data security breach. But how much does cyber insurance cost? And what does it pay in the event of a major compromise? In this session, an expert on cyber insurance will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of cyber insurance policies and the hidden costs that it may not cover.

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Enterprise Defense Crash Course  

Thursday, September 22 - Thursday, October 27
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Chris Eng, VP Research, Veracode
Chris Eng, VP Research, Veracode

Chris Eng (@chriseng) is vice president of research at Veracode. Throughout his career, he has led projects breaking, building, and defending software for some of the world's largest companies. He is an unabashed supporter of the Oxford comma and hates it when you use the word "ask" as a noun.


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Presenter: Chris Eng, VP Research, Veracode
Sep 22 1PM
Customer databases, ERP, Big Data the keys to your enterprises kingdom lie in its applications. But application security is often overlooked, both by software makers and by internal development teams. What steps can your organization take to find and repair application vulnerabilities before your attackers discover them? A top app security expert discusses key practices for scanning and securing applications.

Presenter: Rich Mogull, Analyst & CEO, Securosis
Sep 29 1PM
Cloud computing services and technology offer a level of efficiency and cost savings that most enterprises simply cant pass up. But does the growing use of cloud technology create a growing threat to enterprise data? How can IT organizations track and secure data as it travels through the cloud? In this session, a cloud security expert will discuss the key danger points in cloud computing and the latest technologies and practices for cloud security.

Presenter: Michele Fincher, COO and Chief Influencing Agent, Social-Engineer
Sponsor Speaker: Stu Sjouwerman, Founder and CEO, KnowBe4, LLC
Oct 6 1PM
Most major data breaches start with the compromise of a single endpoint a PC, a mobile device, a user who unwittingly gives up credentials. What can your organization to protect its endpoints? How can you create and enforce end user policies that protect your corporate data? In this session, a top expert discusses how endpoints and end users are most frequently compromised and how to keep your end users from falling victim.

Presenter: Andrew Blaich, Security Researcher, Lookout
Oct 13 1PM
Everyone is saying that the introduction of mobile devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies is a security risk to the enterprise. But exactly where do those risks come from? In this session, a top expert will debunk some of the myths about mobile security while raising up some threats and vulnerabilities you may not know about.

Presenter: Randy Trzeciak, Director, Insider Threat Center, CERT
Oct 20 1PM
Major data leaks such as Edward Snowdens release of NSA data are only the tip of the insider threat iceberg. Every day, enterprises face the threat of losing insider information not only through malicious leaks but through unintentional violations of security rules. How can organizations spot the signs of a data leak and stop it before it goes too far? How can IT help prevent accidental leaks of sensitive data? A top expert offers key advice on stopping data loss from within.

Presenter: Drew Vanover, Director of Technical Solutions, Blue Coat
Oct 27 1PM
As enterprises add new networking capabilities, SDN, and virtualized server environments, the risks they face are changing as well. In this informative session, a top expert on infrastructure security will discuss the latest threats to networks and servers and how your organization can mitigate them.

You've Been Breached! Crash Course  

Thursday, November 10 - Thursday, December 22
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Zach Wikholm, Research Developer, Flashpoint
Zach Wikholm, Research Developer, Flashpoint

Zach Wikholm is a Research Developer at Flashpoint where he specializes in information security and Internet of Things (IoT) risk analysis. Driven by lifelong interests in cyber threat research, emergent malware, and all things open-source (especially Linux), Zach has built a career around designing custom systems to help organizations achieve the optimal balance between security and usability. Prior to Flashpoint, Zach's extensive experience in security engineering and IT consulting led to his role managing all internal security and network infrastructure operations as the Director of Security at CARI.net. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two dogs.


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Presenter: Peter Gregory, Executive Director, Executive Advisory, Office of the CISO, Optiv
Sponsor Speaker: Zach Wikholm, Research Developer, Flashpoint
Nov 10 1PM
As organizations such as Target have discovered, cyber attackers sometimes attack indirectly, through suppliers, contractors, and customers. But how can you ensure that third parties are keeping their own systems secure and are not providing an avenue to compromise your data? How should you work with your partners in the event of a security incident? In this session, we discuss methods you can use to vet your suppliers security -- and how to work with your partners if a compromise is found.

Presenter: Adam Kujawa, Head of Malware Intelligence, Malwarebytes
Nov 17 1PM
Another key element in assessing risk is assessing your attractiveness as a target. Today's cyber attackers range from financially-motivated criminals to politically-motivated hacktivists to state-sponsored information-gathering hacker units. This session offers a look at the different types of cyber attackers, their methods, and their motivations.

Presenter: Chris Novak, Director, Global Investigative Response, Verizon
Dec 1 1PM
To understand the cyber risk your organization faces, you need to understand the likelihood of a breach and its potential cost. In this session, a top expert discusses the many and sometimes hidden costs of a data breach, including its impact on customers and end users. You'll also get insight on the frequency of data breaches, and a better understanding of how likely it is to happen to you.

Presenter: Gunter Ollmann, CSO, Vectra Networks
Sponsor Speaker: Jerome Segura, Lead Malware Intelligence Analyst, Malwarebytes
Dec 8 1PM
In the past, most cyber attacks simply exploited the most vulnerable systems. Today, however, there is an increasing number of sophisticated attacks that target specific companies, data, or even employees. These attacks are well-disguised and may escape conventional security defenses. What tools and strategies are there to prevent these exploits? In this session, you will hear about the latest types of targeted attacks and what your enterprise can do to stop them.

Presenter: Bhaskar Karambelkar, Data Science Lead, ThreatConnect
Dec 15 1PM
The good news in IT security is that there is a growing list of resources and services that can inform you about the latest threats in cyber space. The bad news is that with so many sources and data, using threat intelligence to improve your cyber defenses can be a bewildering process. In this session, you'll get a look at some of the different types of threat intelligence data, and you'll get advice on how to choose the right ones and integrate the information to improve your defenses.

Presenter: Andy Jordan, Security Associate, Bishop Fox
Dec 22 1PM
If your organization doesn't have a plan for handling a major data breach, you're already in trouble. In order to swiftly and effectively respond to a cyber compromise, you must develop a program for first response in the data center, and downstream response in the business units and in the public eye. This session offers some guidance on how to build an incident response plan, and how to test and practice that plan so that you're ready for the real thing.

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[Cybersecurity] Costs, Risks, & Benefits
Date: Feb 28, 2017
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How much should your organization spend on information security? What's the potential cost of a major hack or data breach? What's the risk that your enterprise will be hit by a cyberattack? How can you measure the benefits of your investment in cybersecurity? This event will help you answer many of these difficult questions. This online event, hosted by the editors of Dark Reading, brings together IT security leaders, business executives, and cyber threat experts will provide you with a holistic view of the costs and benefits of information security investments.

[Cloud Security Roadmap] Mitigating Risks & Building for Long-Term Success
Date: Feb 09, 2017
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Let your inner control freak go. The "we control everything" security strategy does not apply to the cloud, especially not multicloud. According to Forrester Research, in 2015, 29 percent of global enterprise infrastructure decision-makers said they had already adopted or were in the process of adopting or expanding public cloud services, yet 32 percent of them say they have security concerns regarding application/data protection. How do you prevent the loss of sensitive data while enjoying the cost reduction and flexibility a multicloud strategy can bring?

[Ransomware Prevention] Preparing For The Ransomware Onslaught
Date: Jan 31, 2017
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In this webinar - part of a three-part series of webinars on ransomware - top experts will discuss methods for preventing ransomware code from getting through your enterprise defenses, and how you can limit its reach. You'll learn how ransomware is developed, how it is deployed, and how it evades standard IT security tools and defenses. You'll hear about ransomware attackers - how they work, and their strategies for encrypting your data. Most importantly, you'll learn techniques for stopping ransomware in its tracks before it can run rampant through your environment.

[Office 365] Managing the Employee Lifecycle
Date: Jan 31, 2017
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Microsoft's Office 365 has become the collaboration software of choice for many organizations. While some of these are choosing Microsoft for the first time, many Office 365 customers have a history with complex legacy infrastructure that makes it difficult and time consuming to shift to the cloud. Learn to remove the identity barriers for your Office 365 migration to seamlessly manage the employee lifecycle while building a foundation from which to launch your entire future cloud strategy.

[Security] How to Better Arm Your Network Defenses
Date: Jan 26, 2017
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BYOD policies and the enablement of global workforces to insecurely connect to your network has opened "Pandora's cyber box" to malicious attacks you worked hard to keep out. This fundamental shift limits your visibility into the threats that are targeting your networks and allows malware to easily bypass network defenses, costing you more time and effort on clean-ups. So how can you improve your network defenses?

Predictive Analytics: Learn to Re-invent Classic Finance Functions
Date: Jan 25, 2017
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Today's finance leaders understand that predictive analytics have the potential to improve margins and net results. Analytics allows them to identify less obvious patterns in data and provides quicker access to key performance indicators (KPIs). By using predictive analytics solutions based on in-memory technology, finance leaders are enhancing their ability to perform classic finance functions like forecasting, analyzing external profitability drivers, and financial loss prevention. These strategic advantages enable finance to take on a greater leadership role within their organizations.

[Endpoint Security] Protect Your Memory - Stop Fileless Attacks
Date: Jan 25, 2017
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Advanced attackers use sophisticated techniques to compromise, entrench and act on critical assets. With the rise of fileless attacks, Security Operations Center (SOC) teams must protect endpoint memory to stop adversaries from gaining foothold on enterprise endpoints.

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CVE-2013-7445
Published: 2015-10-15
The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem in the Linux kernel through 4.x mishandles requests for Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) objects, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via an application that processes graphics data, as demonstrated b...

CVE-2015-4948
Published: 2015-10-15
netstat in IBM AIX 5.3, 6.1, and 7.1 and VIOS 2.2.x, when a fibre channel adapter is used, allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-5660
Published: 2015-10-15
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in eXtplorer before 2.1.8 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users for requests that execute PHP code.

CVE-2015-6003
Published: 2015-10-15
Directory traversal vulnerability in QNAP QTS before 4.1.4 build 0910 and 4.2.x before 4.2.0 RC2 build 0910, when AFP is enabled, allows remote attackers to read or write to arbitrary files by leveraging access to an OS X (1) user or (2) guest account.

CVE-2015-6333
Published: 2015-10-15
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) 1.1j allows local users to gain privileges via vectors involving addition of an SSH key, aka Bug ID CSCuw46076.

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In past years, security researchers have discovered ways to hack cars, medical devices, automated teller machines, and many other targets. Dark Reading Executive Editor Kelly Jackson Higgins hosts researcher Samy Kamkar and Levi Gundert, vice president of threat intelligence at Recorded Future, to discuss some of 2016's most unusual and creative hacks by white hats, and what these new vulnerabilities might mean for the coming year.