2020 Toronto
Information Security Forum

#IANSToronto #IANSEvents

April 7 - 8, 2020
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, ON

The IANS 2020 Toronto Information Security Forum delivers an immersive curriculum with 30+ sessions led by esteemed IANS Faculty, global information security thought leaders and solution providers. Attend the two-day Forum to gain actionable technical solutions and leadership insights focused on current and emerging challenges facing enterprise security leaders. Network with peers to benchmark your information security practices and engage with IANS Faculty during interactive sessions.

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Forum Agenda

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast

Come check in to receive your program and CPEs while enjoying a complimentary continental breakfast.
mike-rothman

Mike Rothman

IANS Faculty

Mike is the President of Securosis, an information security research and advisory firm, as well as Co-Founder and President of DisruptOps, a cloud detection and response company. His breadth of experience in the information security space and bold perspectives are invaluable as companies determine effective strategies to grapple with the dynamic security threatscape. Mike started practicing and advising on security topics over 25 years ago, and he’s been trying to get out of the business ever since…to no avail.

Security Operations

Cutting-Edge Security Operations in the Cloud

with Mike Rothman

Security teams know they need to scale their security operations program in the cloud, but how? This session takes attendees through the nuts and bolts of creating a cloud-based, cutting-edge security operations center (SOC), including:

  • Approaches to automation
  • How to foster more well-rounded team members who can handle tasks outside their daily focus
  • Differences between security operations as part of IT, and information security groups that focus on governance and oversight
  • Understanding when security operations are best insourced or outsourced
  • Examples of how successful organizations deploy their information security resources around the globe
john-strand

John Strand

IANS Faculty

John is the Owner of Black Hills Information Security (BHIS) where he leads the Hunt Teaming, Command & Control (C2)/Data Exfiltration and Pivot testing development. He is also a SANS Institute Senior Instructor. In these roles, John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.

Security Operations

Using AI/ML to Optimize SecOps

with John Strand

AI/ML technology can help them make more accurate decisions, but only if security teams feed the right data into the machine. This session explains how to grab and input the right data from five primary log data sources:

  • Network (traffic flows)
  • Infrastructure (servers)
  • Database
  • Applications
  • Identity and access management (IAM)/people

From there, we explore what clean, relevant, actionable and business-driven data truly looks like.

john-strand

John Strand

IANS Faculty

John is the Owner of Black Hills Information Security (BHIS) where he leads the Hunt Teaming, Command & Control (C2)/Data Exfiltration and Pivot testing development. He is also a SANS Institute Senior Instructor. In these roles, John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.

Security Operations

Using “Backdoors & Breaches” to Build Faster, Smarter Incident Response

with John Strand

“Backdoors & Breaches” is a card game IANS Faculty Member John Strand and his team at Black Hills Security created based on years of experience teaching incident response, conducting penetration tests, helping clients facilitate tabletop exercises and creating educational content. In this symposium, he teaches attendees how to play it and – more importantly – put it into practice in their organizations.

  • Going through the cards and procedures, why they are there and how they work
  • Reviewing four classes of attack: the initial attack/compromise; persistence; command and control (C2); and data exfiltration, escalation and lateral movement
  • Playing the game

Aaron Turner

IANS Faculty

Aaron Turner is the President & Chief Security Officer of HighSide, a distributed identity and secure collaboration technology company. He is also President and CEO of Integricell, an information security consulting firm which focuses on helping customers better manage the risks associated with global-scale business. Aaron also serves on the RSA Program Committee, helping select the educational content presented at the yearly RSA Conference.

Security Operations

Log Management in the Cloud

with Aaron Turner

Getting cloud log management up and running is one thing; tailoring it to your workflows is another. This session outlines the latest cloud log management tools and techniques, including:

  • Comparing/contrasting vendor tools to grab log data and upload it into threat detection tools
  • Creating alerts that will pull more meaningful insights from the logs
  • How to focus on this from cloud to cloud as opposed to on-prem to cloud
dave-lewis

Dave Lewis

IANS Faculty

Dave is a Global Advisory CISO for Duo Security, a Cisco subsidiary. He has almost two decades of industry expertise with extensive experience in IT operations and management. Dave is the Founder of the security news site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and co-host of the Liquidmatrix podcast. He is also the Director & Co-Founder of OpenCERT Canada, Canada’s first open national Computer Emergency Response Team. Dave has worked finance, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, and critical infrastructure verticals. He also has experience consulting for federal organizations working as a Security Consultant and defense contractor to the FBI, US Navy, Social Security Administration, US Postal Service, and the US Department of Defense.

Security Architecture

Beyond Passwords: Where Biometrics Fit In

with Dave Lewis

Security teams have explored biometrics as an option to eliminate passwords for authentication. But with such methods as facial recognition under fire, they need to separate sensational headlines from the realities of where biometrics may or may be viable. This session:

  • Recaps the privacy and legal ramifications of biometrics (e.g., facial recognition)
  • Explores biometrics use cases, including document validation, authentication and lie detection
  • Explores the full spectrum of tools worth considering in the pursuit of passwordless authentication

Aaron Turner

IANS Faculty

Aaron Turner is the President & Chief Security Officer of HighSide, a distributed identity and secure collaboration technology company. He is also President and CEO of Integricell, an information security consulting firm which focuses on helping customers better manage the risks associated with global-scale business. Aaron also serves on the RSA Program Committee, helping select the educational content presented at the yearly RSA Conference.

Security Architecture

IAM and File Security: Advanced Tools and Techniques

with Aaron Turner

Employees and contractors still end up with advanced file access permissions when they shouldn’t. Security teams need to know what they’re doing wrong in file security and what tools/techniques can help them fix this problem. This session explores:

  • How to reduce your attack surface more effectively
  • How to marry security objectives with compliance/business objectives when setting file access perimeters
  • Key considerations for cloud and mobile
mike-rothman

Mike Rothman

IANS Faculty

Mike is the President of Securosis, an information security research and advisory firm, as well as Co-Founder and President of DisruptOps, a cloud detection and response company. His breadth of experience in the information security space and bold perspectives are invaluable as companies determine effective strategies to grapple with the dynamic security threatscape. Mike started practicing and advising on security topics over 25 years ago, and he’s been trying to get out of the business ever since…to no avail.

Security Architecture

Advancing Cloud Security: A Roadmap

with Mike Rothman

Small teams are stuck at the ground level for cloud security and need to mature. Large teams continue to struggle when designing cloud architecture, managing apps and configuring systems. Both need to know what they’re doing wrong and how to do it right. This session begins with a brief overview of the IANS/Securosis Cloud Security Maturity Model and then explores fresh guidance to improve SecOps and DevOps in the cloud, including:

  • How to build an automation framework for SecOps in the cloud
  • How to build a library of design patterns that development teams can use to develop stronger code in the cloud
  • How to know when you’ve reached the point within cloud security where you don’t actually have to be involved because everything is being built into code and infrastructure
dave-lewis

Dave Lewis

IANS Faculty

Dave is a Global Advisory CISO for Duo Security, a Cisco subsidiary. He has almost two decades of industry expertise with extensive experience in IT operations and management. Dave is the Founder of the security news site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and co-host of the Liquidmatrix podcast. He is also the Director & Co-Founder of OpenCERT Canada, Canada’s first open national Computer Emergency Response Team. Dave has worked finance, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, and critical infrastructure verticals. He also has experience consulting for federal organizations working as a Security Consultant and defense contractor to the FBI, US Navy, Social Security Administration, US Postal Service, and the US Department of Defense.

Security Architecture

Zero Trust Principles: Making Them Work for You

with Dave Lewis

Security teams need to understand both what zero trust principals are and how to properly implement them across the organization. This session starts with the nuts and bolts that make up zero trust, then delves into:

  • How zero trust architecture lowers the risk of common attacks, including account takeovers, insider threats, web and cloud app risks, and IoT and device compromises
  • Real-world examples of successful zero trust in action
  • Legacy tech that doesn’t play well with zero trust and what to do about it

Aaron Turner

IANS Faculty

Aaron Turner is the President & Chief Security Officer of HighSide, a distributed identity and secure collaboration technology company. He is also President and CEO of Integricell, an information security consulting firm which focuses on helping customers better manage the risks associated with global-scale business. Aaron also serves on the RSA Program Committee, helping select the educational content presented at the yearly RSA Conference.

Security Architecture

IoT in the Enterprise: Minimizing the Risks

with Aaron Turner

There’s no clear consensus on who is responsible for managing risks associated with IoT devices in an organization. Security teams need help clearing up that confusion. This session will review:

  • Where all the IoT devices are
  • Who should be in charge of security risks related to IoT
  • How to assemble a responsibility tree for who does what in the event of an IoT-related compromise
dave-lewis

Dave Lewis

IANS Faculty

Dave is a Global Advisory CISO for Duo Security, a Cisco subsidiary. He has almost two decades of industry expertise with extensive experience in IT operations and management. Dave is the Founder of the security news site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and co-host of the Liquidmatrix podcast. He is also the Director & Co-Founder of OpenCERT Canada, Canada’s first open national Computer Emergency Response Team. Dave has worked finance, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, and critical infrastructure verticals. He also has experience consulting for federal organizations working as a Security Consultant and defense contractor to the FBI, US Navy, Social Security Administration, US Postal Service, and the US Department of Defense.

Threats & Vulnerabilities

Protecting Traveling Employees: Tools and Techniques

with Dave Lewis

Employees’ use of mobile devices while traveling makes it easier for sophisticated (often nation-state) attackers to know their location and target them. This session details where autonomous system numbers (ASNs) and geo-blocking tools are useful defenses and where they fall short. Specifically, we explore how to:

  • Reduce malicious traffic, especially for organizations with limited business locations
  • Know the limitations of ASN/geo-blocking and act accordingly. You can’t block entire companies, so what does the rest of your strategy look like?
  • Make exceptions for certain partners/customers without breaking the rules Use web server content blockers like Fail2ban and the Apache module mod_geoip, as well as services such as Country IP Blocks and NirSoft
john-strand

John Strand

IANS Faculty

John is the Owner of Black Hills Information Security (BHIS) where he leads the Hunt Teaming, Command & Control (C2)/Data Exfiltration and Pivot testing development. He is also a SANS Institute Senior Instructor. In these roles, John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.

Threats & Vulnerabilities

Ransomware: Defense and Recovery Tactics for 2020

with John Strand

Ransomware continues to be a significant problem for many organizations, and it has shown a ferocious ability to evolve. This session explores:

  • Case studies from the news: What victims did wrong and what they did right
  • Tools and techniques to use if an initial attack is successful
  • A look at how tactics differ for small teams vs. large teams
  • How to account for ransomware attacks in your incident response plan
john-strand

John Strand

IANS Faculty

John is the Owner of Black Hills Information Security (BHIS) where he leads the Hunt Teaming, Command & Control (C2)/Data Exfiltration and Pivot testing development. He is also a SANS Institute Senior Instructor. In these roles, John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.

Threats & Vulnerabilities

Threat Hunting Techniques for 2020

with John Strand

Attackers keep evolving their tactics, making it increasingly difficult for traditional forensic techniques to keep up. It’s time to get proactive – and that’s where threat hunting comes into play. This session explores:

  • Host and network-based techniques for identifying advanced attackers and threats to customer networks
  • How to position hunt teams to directly increase the overall maturity and return on investment (ROI) of their monitoring and detection capabilities
  • Detecting abnormal patterns of behavior
  • Tips to better incorporate threat hunting into purple teaming

Aaron Turner

IANS Faculty

Aaron Turner is the President & Chief Security Officer of HighSide, a distributed identity and secure collaboration technology company. He is also President and CEO of Integricell, an information security consulting firm which focuses on helping customers better manage the risks associated with global-scale business. Aaron also serves on the RSA Program Committee, helping select the educational content presented at the yearly RSA Conference.

Threats & Vulnerabilities

Defending Against Nation-State Attacks

with Aaron Turner

Nation states are increasingly targeting Fortune-class companies in an effort to steal their intellectual property. Large security teams need to learn from case studies of recent attacks and develop strategies and tactics to protect their own environments. This session explores:

  • Recent nation-state targets and what attackers were looking for
  • What those companies did right, and what they did wrong in their defenses and incident response
  • Tools and techniques companies should consider to defend against future attacks
mike-rothman

Mike Rothman

IANS Faculty

Mike is the President of Securosis, an information security research and advisory firm, as well as Co-Founder and President of DisruptOps, a cloud detection and response company. His breadth of experience in the information security space and bold perspectives are invaluable as companies determine effective strategies to grapple with the dynamic security threatscape. Mike started practicing and advising on security topics over 25 years ago, and he’s been trying to get out of the business ever since…to no avail.

GRC

Bringing Business Units and Third Parties into Your Risk Management Orbit

with Mike Rothman

Legal, human resources and privacy teams tend to be risk averse. while the business side is usually pro-risk, leaving infosec stuck in the middle and often blamed for workflow hold-ups. Security teams need to master the mediator role and ensure accountability is spread out among teams. This session explores:

  • Managing internal and external risks under one team
  • Better understanding how other organizations quantify vulnerability risk
  • Adopting a per-application view of vulnerability management and bundling it into an application risk rating with an umbrella perspective
mike-rothman

Mike Rothman

IANS Faculty

Mike is the President of Securosis, an information security research and advisory firm, as well as Co-Founder and President of DisruptOps, a cloud detection and response company. His breadth of experience in the information security space and bold perspectives are invaluable as companies determine effective strategies to grapple with the dynamic security threatscape. Mike started practicing and advising on security topics over 25 years ago, and he’s been trying to get out of the business ever since…to no avail.

GRC

Improving Your Three Lines of Defense

with Mike Rothman

The Three Lines of Defense model remains poorly understood. The three lines get blurred within many organizations and security teams need help understanding what they are. This session breaks down the components, clarifies who does what and explores tools that help. Topics include:

  • How to spread accountability across the board by breaking down which groups fall where inside the three lines of defense
  • How to optimize RSA Archer, ServiceNow and other good risk management tools
  • How to find and deal with older technology and procedures nearing end of life
mike-rothman

Mike Rothman

IANS Faculty

Mike is the President of Securosis, an information security research and advisory firm, as well as Co-Founder and President of DisruptOps, a cloud detection and response company. His breadth of experience in the information security space and bold perspectives are invaluable as companies determine effective strategies to grapple with the dynamic security threatscape. Mike started practicing and advising on security topics over 25 years ago, and he’s been trying to get out of the business ever since…to no avail.

GRC

Managing Privacy and Risk in the Social Media Age

with Mike Rothman

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn aren’t going anywhere. Security teams need the latest best practices for monitoring and effectively locking down employee social media use to avoid being an easy target for attackers. This session explores:

  • Where current methods of tracking employee social media use fail and how to fix it
  • Tools and techniques to quickly find and eradicate malware injected into company networks via social media usage
  • How well (or not so well) cloud-based email systems interact with social media platforms
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Networking Reception

Come network with your peers! Hors d'eouvres and cocktails will be served!

2020 Toronto Speakers

dave-lewis

Dave Lewis

IANS Faculty

Dave is a Global Advisory CISO for Duo Security, a Cisco subsidiary. He has almost two decades of industry expertise with extensive experience in IT operations and management. Dave is the Founder of the security news site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and co-host of the Liquidmatrix podcast. He is also the Director & Co-Founder of OpenCERT Canada, Canada’s first open national Computer Emergency Response Team. Dave has worked finance, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, and critical infrastructure verticals. He also has experience consulting for federal organizations working as a Security Consultant and defense contractor to the FBI, US Navy, Social Security Administration, US Postal Service, and the US Department of Defense.

Presentations
  • Beyond Passwords: Where Biometrics Fit InForum Agenda9:15 AM - 9:20 AM
  • Zero Trust Principles: Making Them Work for YouForum Agenda9:55 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Protecting Traveling Employees: Tools and TechniquesForum Agenda10:15 AM - 10:20 AM
mike-rothman

Mike Rothman

IANS Faculty

Mike is the President of Securosis, an information security research and advisory firm, as well as Co-Founder and President of DisruptOps, a cloud detection and response company. His breadth of experience in the information security space and bold perspectives are invaluable as companies determine effective strategies to grapple with the dynamic security threatscape. Mike started practicing and advising on security topics over 25 years ago, and he’s been trying to get out of the business ever since…to no avail.

Presentations
  • Cutting-Edge Security Operations in the CloudForum Agenda8:35 AM - 8:40 AM
  • Advancing Cloud Security: A RoadmapForum Agenda9:35 AM - 9:40 AM
  • Bringing Business Units and Third Parties into Your Risk Management OrbitForum Agenda10:55 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Improving Your Three Lines of DefenseForum Agenda11:05 AM - 11:10 AM
  • Managing Privacy and Risk in the Social Media AgeForum Agenda11:16 AM - 11:20 AM
john-strand

John Strand

IANS Faculty

John is the Owner of Black Hills Information Security (BHIS) where he leads the Hunt Teaming, Command & Control (C2)/Data Exfiltration and Pivot testing development. He is also a SANS Institute Senior Instructor. In these roles, John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.

Presentations
  • Using AI/ML to Optimize SecOpsForum Agenda8:45 AM - 8:50 AM
  • Using “Backdoors & Breaches” to Build Faster, Smarter Incident ResponseForum Agenda8:55 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Ransomware: Defense and Recovery Tactics for 2020Forum Agenda10:25 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Threat Hunting Techniques for 2020Forum Agenda10:35 AM - 10:40 AM

Aaron Turner

IANS Faculty

Aaron Turner is the President & Chief Security Officer of HighSide, a distributed identity and secure collaboration technology company. He is also President and CEO of Integricell, an information security consulting firm which focuses on helping customers better manage the risks associated with global-scale business. Aaron also serves on the RSA Program Committee, helping select the educational content presented at the yearly RSA Conference.

Presentations
  • Log Management in the CloudForum Agenda9:05 AM - 9:10 AM
  • IAM and File Security: Advanced Tools and TechniquesForum Agenda9:25 AM - 9:30 AM
  • IoT in the Enterprise: Minimizing the RisksForum Agenda10:05 AM - 10:10 AM
  • Defending Against Nation-State AttacksForum Agenda10:45 AM - 10:50 AM

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9

Room Rate:

$239

per night plus tax

General Information

Terms and Conditions

This Forum is produced by IANS, which reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to limit or deny access to the Forum to any entity or individual. Attendance to the Forum is complimentary and open to active information security professionals from private and public-sector corporations and organizations.

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Cancellations

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Hotel Cancellations

If you have booked a hotel room with IANS during the registration process or you have reached out to an IANS team member regarding booking a room, please note our venues have a cancellation policy of 48 hours. If you do not cancel your reservation through your online registration or in writing to IANS, you will be charged for the night(s) in which you have failed to cancel.

Registration Questions

What is the registration fee?

The Forum is complimentary and open to active Information Security Professionals from private and public sector corporations and organizations.

What time does the Forum begin and end?

The Forum officially begins on Day 1 at 7:30am and ends on Day 2 at 4:40pm.

Can I earn continuing education credits for attending the forum?

Attendees may earn up to 16 credits through our partnership with (ISC)2. Attendees must check in at registration each morning to receive their 8 credits for Day 1 and Day 2. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion one week after the forum concludes for any other certification needs. If you have provided IANS with your CISSP # during the registration process then we will automatically submit to (ISC)2.

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You can register for and IANS event up to the day of the event.

Housing & Travel Questions

What hotel accommodations are available during the Forum?

IANS provides a room block for forum events. There will be a limited number of rooms available at the discounted rate.

How can I book a hotel room?

All hotel requests must be made through the registration site.

Will I receive a hotel confirmation number?

You will receive a hotel confirmation number 2 weeks prior to the Forum.

Is parking provided?

IANS does not cover any parking.

How can I cancel my hotel reservation?

Most of our hotel venues have a 72 hour cancellation policy. You must cancel by contacting one of the IANS team members or through the online registration. If you fail to do so you will be charged for the night(s) in which you have failed to cancel.

Onsite Questions

Will there be opportunities to network with peers and sponsors?

There will be chances to network with your peers during the lunches, breaks and the networking reception at the end of day one.

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Your badge and registration materials will be available to pick-up at the registration desk. Registration starts at 7:30am.

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When attending an IANS Information Security Forum, you will have the opportunity to take part in technical and strategic Roundtable sessions that discuss the latest issues and trends found in the market. These Roundtable discussions are led by IANS Faculty who are also long-time information security practitioners. You will also have the chance to network with industry peers and learn about the newest technologies and services during any one of our Technology Spotlight sessions.

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