2020 Los Angeles Virtual Symposium
Reducing Security's Cost Responsibilities


Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM PT
Web Conference, Los Angeles, CA

After re-orienting the business to function in a pandemic, organizations now have an economic downturn on their hands and must find ways to keep security programs functioning as investments freeze and budgets shrink. This virtual symposium will offer steps to do that, including how to:

  • Conduct an effective gap analysis – reviewing the program as it exists, how much money is on hand for security expenditures and where redundancies and security holes are.
  • Re-asses, consolidate and optimize security tools, weeding out expensive and unnecessary add-ons and spotting opportunities for more open source options.
  • More effectively negotiate with security vendors for more reasonable pricing, tool packaging and subscription renewals.


This regional in-person symposium has been updated to a virtual event and is intended for practitioners from the Los Angeles metro area. For people outside of the region who wish to join, attendance is subject to capacity. We will inform out-of-metro registrants on the status of their registration one week in advance of the symposium.

This event is for IANS clients and invited guests — there is no vendor sponsorship or presence.

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2020 Los Angeles Virtual Symposium Facilitators


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.

Achievements & Noteworthy Contributions
  • Co-author of Offensive Countermeasures: The Art of Active Defense (2013)
  • Contributor to the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES)
  • Contributor to the 20 Critical Controls frameworks
  • Former co-host of Hack Naked TV and Security Weekly podcasts
  • Presenter at information security conferences such as RSA and Black Hat
  • Author of Black Hat’s "Active Defense, Offensive Countermeasures, and Hacking Back" course
  • Author of SANS Institute’s "Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling" course
  • Former Information Assurance lead at Northrop Grumman and Accenture Certifications & Credentials


Web Conference

Registrants will receive a logistics email with web conference meeting information one day prior to the event.

Attendee Qualification

This Symposium is produced by IANS, which reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to limit or deny access to the Symposium to any entity or individual. IANS’ receipt of a registration application does not constitute acceptance. Individuals from Information Security Solution Providers (software, hardware, and consulting companies) are not eligible to attend. Symposiums are open to IANS clients that are Credential Holders and qualified Information Security Practitioners identified by IANS.

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