2020 Boston Virtual
Information Security Forum

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM ET
Web Conference, Boston, MA

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The Boston Forum is designed for information security practitioners across all industries to dive deep on specific topics, share insights, and network with peers in a virtual environment. This one-day event will feature keynote speeches, IANS Faculty presentations, ‘Ask Me Anything’ topic lounges, and ‘Technology Spotlight’ sessions to engage with solution providers.

IANS Forum content spans the depth and breadth of the entire security function. Attendees include but are not limited to CISOs, VPs and Managing Directors of Information Security, Information Security Architects, and Information Security Engineers.

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Agenda

Ed-Skoudis

Ed Skoudis

SANS Instructor and Fellow Founder, Counter Hack

Ed Skoudis has taught cyber incident response and advanced penetration testing techniques to more than 20,000 cybersecurity professionals. He is a SANS Faculty Fellow and Instructor. His courses distill the essence of real-world, front-line case studies he accumulates because he is consistently one of the first experts brought in to provide after-attack analysis on major breaches where credit card and other sensitive financial data is lost.

Ed led the team that built NetWars, the low-cost, widely used cyber training and skills assessment ranges relied upon by military units and corporations with major assets at risk. His team also built CyberCity, the fully authentic urban cyber warfare simulator that was featured on the front page of the Washington Post. He was also the expert called in by the White House to test the security viability of the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) that now protects US Government networks and lead the team that first publicly demonstrated significant security flaws in virtual machine technology. He has a rare capability of translating advanced technical knowledge into easy-to-master guidance as the popularity of his step-by-step Counter Hack books testifies. Ed earned an M.S. in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, summa cum laude.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Franken-Breach: Warding off the Latest Breach Monsters

with Ed Skoudis

Despite all our efforts, large-scale cybersecurity breaches haven’t slowed down one bit. Mix in the latest ransomware, and things are more dangerous now than never. And while most organizations are rightfully trying to prevent a breach -- what happens if, Heaven forbid, your organization succumbs to one of these nefarious monsters? In this lively session, Ed Skoudis will:

  • Discuss lessons learned from work on more than 150 breach cases
  • Provide guidance on how to prepare for and respond to a breach
  • Present strategies & tactics to minimize damage and accelerate recovery

The session will provide an end-to-end look at breach preparedness and response with actionable guidance you can take away to bolster your processes.

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Sponsor Tabletops & Technology Spotlight Demos

Check out the Sponsors, enter to win prizes, and gather materials from their tabletops. Visit the Demo Lounge to join topic-specific Technology Spotlight Demos.

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.

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Security Operations

SIEM Alert Overload: Cutting Through the Noise

with Mike Rothman

Overwhelmed by SIEM alerts? Then it’s time to focus on better-defined logging and fine-tuning your alert triggers. This session explores:

  • Specific network activities to log
  • What requires an alert and what doesn’t
  • Creating a step-by-step action plan to better tune your SIEM
  • Using security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) and user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) to enhance detection
george-gerchow

George Gerchow

IANS Faculty

George is Chief Security Officer at Sumo Logic, a secure, cloud-native, machine data analytics service provider. George has extensive experience in board and executive communications serving as a Board Member for ANTIVIUM, Inc., a cloud monitoring and analytic startup, and VENZA, a data protection company. Likewise, George is an Adjunct Faculty member at University of Denver and Cloud Academy, in addition to a Participant in the US Technical Advisory Group: Privacy by Design, which aims to define an international standard for consumer protection as part of ISO Project Committee 317.

Security Architecture

Successful DevSecOps: Understanding the Business Cases

with George Gerchow

Companies still struggle to get developers and security on the same page. It’s time to learn from those who’ve notched DevSecOps successes. This session explores:

  • Case studies of DevSecOps done right
  • How to measure your maturity for DevSecOps (Phase 1 to Phase 5)
  • Putting the “Shift Left” DevSecOps workflow in place
  • How DevSecOps creates secure cloud deployments
  • How to use DevSecOps to improve internet-of-things (IoT) security at the development stage

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.

GRC

Managing Privacy and Risk in the Social Media Age

with Aaron Turner

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
11:05 AM - 11:50 AM

Sponsor Tabletops & Technology Spotlight Demos

Check out the Sponsors, enter to win prizes, and gather materials from their tabletops. Visit the Demo Lounge to join topic-specific Technology Spotlight Demos.

george-gerchow

George Gerchow

IANS Faculty

George is Chief Security Officer at Sumo Logic, a secure, cloud-native, machine data analytics service provider. George has extensive experience in board and executive communications serving as a Board Member for ANTIVIUM, Inc., a cloud monitoring and analytic startup, and VENZA, a data protection company. Likewise, George is an Adjunct Faculty member at University of Denver and Cloud Academy, in addition to a Participant in the US Technical Advisory Group: Privacy by Design, which aims to define an international standard for consumer protection as part of ISO Project Committee 317.

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM GRC

Ask Me Anything: Compliance Challenges in the Coming Year

with George Gerchow In this topic lounge, ask IANS Faculty member George Gerchow questions about compliance challenges ahead – from upcoming action items for privacy laws in California, New York and other states, to those regarding possible new regulations on the horizon.
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.

Leadership

Ask Me Anything: Maintaining Security in a Pandemic and Downturn

with Mike Rothman In this topic lounge, ask IANS Faculty member Mike Rothman questions about your challenges around maintaining security amid the shift to remote work and the economic pressure that is forcing many companies to do more with less.
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

Ask Me Anything: Threat Landscape for T2 2020

with John Strand In this topic lounge, ask IANS Faculty member John Strand questions about threats you should be on guard for in the second half of 2020 – from ransomware attacks and state-sponsored actions against corporations and critical infrastructure, to attacks that exploit everyone’s move to remote work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
12:20 PM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

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.

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM Security Architecture

Cloud Open Source Tools/Techniques: When They Work and When They Don’t

with Mike Rothman

To use open source security architecture tools properly, security teams must first understand where they stand on the maturity curve. Tools that are useful in smaller, less mature environments, may not work for more advanced operations. This session offers step-by-step guidance to determine where your team fits, including:

  • Whether your organization is cloud native or multi-cloud
  • Gauging the right time to go forward with open source
  • Once ready, deciding which tools will be most helpful
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

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

Using AI/ML to Optimize SecOps

with Aaron Turner

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.

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Sponsor Tabletops & Technology Spotlight Demos

Check out the Sponsors, enter to win prizes, and gather materials from their tabletops. Visit the Demo Lounge to join topic-specific Technology Spotlight Demos.

george-gerchow

George Gerchow

IANS Faculty

George is Chief Security Officer at Sumo Logic, a secure, cloud-native, machine data analytics service provider. George has extensive experience in board and executive communications serving as a Board Member for ANTIVIUM, Inc., a cloud monitoring and analytic startup, and VENZA, a data protection company. Likewise, George is an Adjunct Faculty member at University of Denver and Cloud Academy, in addition to a Participant in the US Technical Advisory Group: Privacy by Design, which aims to define an international standard for consumer protection as part of ISO Project Committee 317.

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Security Architecture

Monitoring, Detecting and Response in the Cloud

with George Gerchow

Security teams are increasingly operating in the cloud but need step-by-step guidance on how to transition from on-prem to cloud-based SOC. This session explores:

  • How to perform the same functions on-prem and in the cloud simultaneously
  • How best to manage logging in multi-cloud environments
  • More effective ways to deal with the risks around containerization and serverless environments
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

Application Security: Fixing the Legacy App Problem

with John Strand

Large companies – especially post-M&A – tend to ignore legacy apps in favor of implementing new technology. This results in old apps sitting on the network with vulnerabilities attackers easily exploit. This session explores how to:

  • Protect legacy apps long enough to either come up with a graceful transition or update them
  • Design a more effective, advanced and automated inventory process
  • Get a better sense for how to triage the most troublesome apps
  • Better optimize unused features in older apps before rushing to new apps

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

2020 Boston Virtual Speakers

george-gerchow

George Gerchow

IANS Faculty

George is Chief Security Officer at Sumo Logic, a secure, cloud-native, machine data analytics service provider. George has extensive experience in board and executive communications serving as a Board Member for ANTIVIUM, Inc., a cloud monitoring and analytic startup, and VENZA, a data protection company. Likewise, George is an Adjunct Faculty member at University of Denver and Cloud Academy, in addition to a Participant in the US Technical Advisory Group: Privacy by Design, which aims to define an international standard for consumer protection as part of ISO Project Committee 317.

Presentations
  • Successful DevSecOps: Understanding the Business CasesAgenda10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Ask Me Anything: Compliance Challenges in the Coming YearAgenda11:50 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Monitoring, Detecting and Response in the CloudAgenda2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
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
  • SIEM Alert Overload: Cutting Through the NoiseAgenda10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Ask Me Anything: Maintaining Security in a Pandemic and DownturnAgenda11:50 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Cloud Open Source Tools/Techniques: When They Work and When They Don’tAgenda12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Ed-Skoudis

Ed Skoudis

SANS Instructor and Fellow Founder, Counter Hack

Ed Skoudis has taught cyber incident response and advanced penetration testing techniques to more than 20,000 cybersecurity professionals. He is a SANS Faculty Fellow and Instructor. His courses distill the essence of real-world, front-line case studies he accumulates because he is consistently one of the first experts brought in to provide after-attack analysis on major breaches where credit card and other sensitive financial data is lost.

Ed led the team that built NetWars, the low-cost, widely used cyber training and skills assessment ranges relied upon by military units and corporations with major assets at risk. His team also built CyberCity, the fully authentic urban cyber warfare simulator that was featured on the front page of the Washington Post. He was also the expert called in by the White House to test the security viability of the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) that now protects US Government networks and lead the team that first publicly demonstrated significant security flaws in virtual machine technology. He has a rare capability of translating advanced technical knowledge into easy-to-master guidance as the popularity of his step-by-step Counter Hack books testifies. Ed earned an M.S. in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, summa cum laude.

Presentations
  • Franken-Breach: Warding off the Latest Breach MonstersAgenda9:00 AM - 9:30 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
  • Ask Me Anything: Threat Landscape for T2 2020Agenda11:50 AM - 12:20 PM
  • Ransomware: Defense and Recovery Tactics for 2020Agenda12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Application Security: Fixing the Legacy App ProblemAgenda2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

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
  • Managing Privacy and Risk in the Social Media AgeAgenda10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Using AI/ML to Optimize SecOpsAgenda12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
  • IAM and File Security: Advanced Tools and TechniquesAgenda2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

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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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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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