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- Tuesday, May 8, 20189:00 am[SecureWorld PLUS] Designing and Building a Cybersecurity Program Based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework9 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Earn 12 CPEs!CISO, Worcester Polytechnic InstituteRegistration Level:
9:00 am - 3:00 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 2
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The University of Massachusetts has developed a 6-hour SecureWorld PLUS training class that instructs attendees on the best practices for designing, building, and maintaining a cybersecurity program based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Organizations who currently use the Framework or are planning to use the Framework for their cybersecurity program will benefit from this course.
This innovative education and training program includes the following key elements:
- An introduction to the key components of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
- How to use the Framework to support business strategy, technology strategy, and cyber-risk strategy
- An approach for adopting the framework to build and sustain secure and resilient infrastructure, secure and resilient networks, secure and resilient applications
- How to use the Framework to protect critical information assets
- A Controls Factory Model that organizations use to create an Engineering Program, a Technical Program, and a Business / Management Program
- A methodology for developing a Cybersecurity Strategy, System Security Plan (SSP), Risk Assessment, Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M), and Executive Report
The class will help individuals and organizations acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities to:
- Develop a strategy to apply the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to their environment
- Create a comprehensive System Security Plan (SSP) based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
- Conduct a Risk Assessment to compare the current profile with the target profile and identify any gaps that need to be addressed
- Develop a Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M) to mitigate the highest priority gaps
- Establish an Executive Report to measure and communicate current profile, target profile, POA&M and program plan / roles and responsibilities to remediate identified gaps
- Identify required workforce skills and develop career pathways for improving skills and experience
About the instructor:
- Larry Wilson is the CISO for UMass President’s Office since 2009.
- Prior to UMass, Larry developed and managed the Global Infrastructure Services (GIS) Security Program for State Street Corporation.
- Larry has been teaching cybersecurity courses based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework at SecureWorld events for the past five years.
- Larry has conducted over 20 consulting engagements, helping organizations design and build cybersecurity programs based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
The program and its author have won the following industry awards:
9:00 amSecureWorld PLUS Course – Big Data and IoT: Wonderful, Terrible, Inevitable9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Earn 12 CPEs!CISSP, President, O'Leary Management EducationRegistration Level:
- Security Magazine’s Most Influential People in Security, 2016
- SANS People Who Made a Difference in Cybersecurity Award, 2013
- Information Security Executive (ISE) North America Program Winner for Higher Education, 2013
9:00 am - 3:00 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 3
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Join us the day before the conference for 6 additional CPE credits (12 total when attending the PLUS course and the conference).
Big Data and the Internet of Things are revolutionizing virtually every industry. We’re told of pinpoint accurate medical records and diagnostics, all-encompassing analytics, mastery of industrial processes, effortless control of our static and moving environments and complete connectivity and communication with anything and everything we might ever imagine being useful. Wonderful!
But SecureWorld attendees and others who’ve been in IT Security for any appreciable time have an internal red flag that goes up upon hearing “It’s gonna be great!” Then those euphoria-deflating security questions start multiplying and running through our somewhat addled brains. Where is all this Big Data coming from? Where will it reside? Who controls it? Who grants access? On what basis? How do we know it’s accurate, relevant? Is it complete enough for life and death medical decisions? What about analytics system administration; data monitoring and correction procedures; incompatible security architectures? Oh yeah, and privacy?
What kind of security is built into all these Internet-connected devices? How easy is it to control access? Is the data they trade and store encrypted? Who’s liable if they fail or give erroneous signals?
Big Data and IoT are neither fads nor merely trends, they constitute a revolution. There’s no going back. Join us as we look from a security perspective at both the bright and dark sides.
- Wednesday, May 9, 20187:00 amRegistration openRegistration Level:
7:00 am - 3:00 pmLocation / Room: Registration Desk
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Come to the Registration desk in the lobby to check-in and get your badge. SecureWorld staff will be available throughout the day if you have any questions.7:30 amAdvisory Council Breakfast – (VIP / INVITE ONLY)Registration Level:
7:30 am - 8:30 amLocation / Room: Courtyard 7
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This session is for our Advisory Council members only.8:00 amExhibitor Hall openRegistration Level:
8:00 am - 3:00 pmLocation / Room: Exhibitor Floor
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Your opportunity to visit our solution vendor partners, whose sponsorship makes SecureWorld possible! Booths have staff ready to answer your questions. Look for participating Dash For Prizes sponsors to be entered to win prizes.8:30 amAre You Spending Your InfoSec Dollars in the Right Place?Registration Level:
8:30 am - 9:15 amLocation / Room: Courtyard 5
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Are you allocating your Infosec budget properly? This presentation will discuss how to evaluate whether you are increasing your security posture with your spending.8:30 amInfraGard Meeting: Light Breakfast and Guest Presentation - Open to all AttendeesPresenting: Threat Intelligence PanelSpecial Agent, FBI Kansas City DivisionRegistration Level:
8:30 am - 9:15 amLocation / Room: Keynote Theater
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Interested in your local associations? Join InfraGard for a chapter meeting, light breakfast, and guest presentation. This session is open to all attendees.
Threat Intelligence Panel8:30 amISACA Meeting: Light Breakfast and Guest Presentation - Open to all AttendeesPresenting: How Effective is Your Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Program?Security Risk and Compliance Analyst, Johnson County (KS) GovernmentRegistration Level:
8:30 am - 9:15 amLocation / Room: Courtyard 4
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Interested in your local associations? Join ISACA for a chapter meeting, light breakfast and guest presentation. This session is open to all attendees. Guest Presentation:
Traditionally, training & awareness programs have been measured by completion rates, test scores and number of incidents but is that the best way to measure the effectiveness of your program? Even with training and awareness programs, companies will have incidents with phishing emails, unpatched systems, weak passwords, or improper use of admin.
This presentation will cover common issues organizations face, provide an overview of common compliance requirements and frameworks, provides guidance on ways to enhance programs and define better measurements to promote an effective learning strategy to your organization8:30 amInformation Security – A Global PerspectiveRegistration Level:
8:30 am - 9:15 amLocation / Room: Courtyard 6
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A look at the differences and nuances for Information Security for a global company. Managing the differences in Information Security and Cyber Threats between countries and regions9:30 amOPENING KEYNOTE: Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity OverviewRegistration Level:
9:30 am - 10:15 amLocation / Room: Keynote Theater
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employs a risk-informed, all-hazards approach to safeguarding critical infrastructure in cyberspace that emphasizes protections for privacy and civil liberties, transparent and accessible security processes, and domestic and international partnerships that further collective action.10:15 amConference Break / Exhibitor Product DemonstrationRegistration Level:
10:15 am - 11:15 amLocation / Room: Exhibitor Floor
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Reboot with coffee and infused water while visiting exhibitors on the exhibitor floor.11:15 amDo You Have a Security Doctrine? Going from Compliance Frameworks to DefenseRegistration Level:
11:15 am - 12:00 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 4
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The questions that every security leader struggles to answer are “How secure are we?” and “What do I do first?”. In addition, security leaders are under a lot of pressure to show quick wins while knowing full well that everything they do will be heavily scrutinized and challenged, and ultimately, they will pay the price for things that are not under their control. To that end many security leaders take the approach of checking the compliance frameworks boxes frameworks (NIST, ISO, etc.), and while this approach may provide a blanket to cover one’s back side it is ineffective against real world adversaries.
In this session, Yaron Levi, CISO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, will share his company’s vision and approach for building a security practice that is based on defense against real adversaries not just compliance.11:15 amWombat: End-User Cybersecurity Behaviors: The Importance of Training Beyond the PhishRegistration Level:
11:15 am - 12:00 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 3
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Phishing has long been a headline threat for infosec teams — but email is just one entry point for cybercriminals. Attendees will learn why it’s important to assess and train their end users about cybersecurity threats beyond email-based social engineering, and see how data insights from knowledge assessments and training activities differ from those related to simulated phishing attacks.11:15 amCisco: One Social Profile to Rule Them All - Social Media ExploitationPhishing may be old news, yet it's still a very popular method...Cisco, Security ArchitectRegistration Level:
11:15 am - 12:00 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 5
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If you have been on the internet the last 10 years, then you likely are using some form of social media. You probably have heard of phishing however, could social media be used for phishing and what potential danger could occur from social media sources? Find the answer to those and other phishing related questions based on a real penetration test that leveraged phishing as a means to deliver advanced exploitation. The speaker is the author of various penetration testing, forensics and SOC best practices titles giving his real world experience with social media exploitation.11:15 amThe Building Blocks of SecurityHow to effectively deliver your message of security and the top 5 items you should focus on.BISO, Cardinal HealthRegistration Level:
11:15 am - 12:00 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 6
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As security professionals, we often struggle with the availability of knowledgeable security talent and getting executives to buy into our security programs. We are responsible for providing the best security with limited assets and resources. With so many new threat vectors and new security events appearing in the media everyday, what factors will provide us the most protection?
In this session, Britney Hommertzheim will briefly review how to effectively deliver your message of security and the top 5 items you should focus on. You will also gain an appreciation on why your ability to influence will determine your security program’s success.12:00 pmAdvisory Council Lunch Roundtable – (VIP / Invite Only)Registration Level:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 7
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This session is for Advisory Council members only.12:15 pmLUNCH KEYNOTE: Smart Cities: Safe, Secure, and Citizen-CentricRegistration Level:
12:15 pm - 1:00 pmLocation / Room: Keynote Theater
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Smart Cities is currently a buzzword that means 101 things to 100 people. While industry leaders each twist the term to meet business models and technology tools, city residents frequently focus more on how the city provides water, services, and public safety in an efficient manner. In Kansas City, the city and regional leadership are trying to focus more on what the city does and “smartifying” it before applying a technology solution. When tech solutions are needed, they are tailored, scaled, and deployed in a manner that makes a resident or visitor’s experience consistent with how they live the rest of their lives.1:15 pmPanel: Building a Better Mouse Trap (Emerging Threats)Registration Level:
1:15 pm - 2:15 pmLocation / Room: Keynote Theater
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To be successful, as an industry, we must strive to get ahead of the bad guys. Easy enough to say but how? By taking a look at the capabilities of the threats we see today we should be able to make some educated guesses on what threats of tomorrow will look like. We know the bad guys don’t follow the rules, take the path of least resistance, and don’t care who they hurt in the process. We need to start thinking like them so that we can figure out what their next step is instead of guessing/hoping.
Sean Griesheimer, RSA
Scott Hamann, One Identity
Heeyoung Sim, Darktrace
Justin Sharples,Core First Bank & Trust
Rich Keith, SailPoint
Moderator: John Godfrey, CISO, University of Kansas Medical Center1:15 pmPanel: Cloudy with a Chance of BreachRegistration Level:
1:15 pm - 2:15 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 3
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Everything old is new again. Migrating to the cloud certainly is not a new thing. It is for some smaller companies that are just now able to afford making the move to the cloud. Cloud boasts a secure, disaster proof option for companies to store their data offsite with access to that data from practically anywhere. So, who’s fault is it when the data is compromised? What if your information is stolen from the cloud because another user’s data was at fault? At the end of the day, isn’t the cloud just someone else’s computer? Join this panel discussion as they guide you through the pros and cons in migrating to the cloud.
Ronald Pipkins, Alert Logic
Brandon Bradshaw, Trend Micro
Ron Shuck, CURO Financial Technologies Corp.
Kevin Augspurger, Unite Private Networks
Moderator: Florian Yanez, Helzberg Diamonds2:15 pmConference Break / Exhibitor Product DemonstrationRegistration Level:
2:15 pm - 3:00 pmLocation / Room: Exhibitor Floor
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Reboot with coffee and infused water while visiting exhibitors on the exhibitor floor.2:30 pmNetworking Break — Dash for Prizes and CyberHunt winners announcedRegistration Level:2:30 pm - 2:45 pmLocation / Room: Exhibitor Floor
Be sure to have your badge scanned with participating exhibitors throughout the day. Past prizes have included Kindles, Bose wireless headphones, gift cards, iPads, drones, and more! *Must be present to win.3:00 pmCybersecurity Threat Intelligence and the Dark WebRegistration Level:
3:00 pm - 3:45 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 4
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This session will cover current threats and trends in cybersecurity. Discuss options for cyber threat intelligence by understanding the extent of PII, PHI, credit card information, and intellectual property stolen from organizations that are now available through the dark web.3:00 pmComodo Cybersecurity — World Map of Malware: The Geography of Hostile CodeRegistration Level:
3:00 pm - 3:45 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 6
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Every nation and economic vertical has its own unique malware fingerprint. Using geographic and network visualization tools, this presentation shows that cyber defenders can benefit from spending more time on strategic cyber defense analysis, which provides actionable intelligence to network security specialists at the tactical level. This research plots a wide range of malware types on world maps and trendlines, including trojans, worms, viruses, backdoors, packed malware and malicious applications. It shows how cities, countries, and geopolitical events each have their own malware profiles that help to make sense of malicious code on any enterprise network.3:00 pmActive Defense – Attacking the AttackerRegistration Level:
3:00 pm - 3:45 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 5
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Penetration testing, vulnerability scanning and internal audit may discover vulnerabilities, misconfigurations and inadequate documentation but how do you know what you don’t know? Through four simple techniques, your security team will have the ability to not only discover zero days but proactively predict when and where adversaries will attack next.3:00 pmExecutive Leadership Panel: Building a Career in CybersecurityCISO, UMB BankCISO, Check Point Software TechnologiesSr. Director of Cybersecurity and IT Infrastructure, Kansas City Power & LightRegistration Level:
3:00 pm - 3:45 pmLocation / Room: Courtyard 3
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Every security leader has a different and sometimes unique story about how they got to where they are. In many cases, they didn’t imagine that one day they will end up in security.
Moreover, security is relatively new practice, it is done differently in every organization, and is a target that is moving constantly.
In this panel we will hear from our panelists about:
1. How do you develop your career in Security?
2. What skills do you need to have?
3. How do you keep yourself up to date?
4. Stories from the front lines and a-ha moments
- Bay Pay ForumBooth: TBD
The BayPay Forum, a Silicon Valley-based international network composed of over 14,000 payment and commerce executives, entrepreneurs and investors from thousands of different companies, serves as a forum to connect members in identifying and understanding the emerging trends and innovations in the industry.
- BitdefenderBooth: 104
Powered by its depth of security expertise and rapid pace of research and development, Bitdefender’s long-standing mission is to deliver transformative security technologies to the world’s users and organizations. We are innovators, creating breakthrough technology that radically improves our customer’s experience with security.
From IoT to Data Centers, from endpoints to hybrid infrastructures – Bitdefender plays a transformational role in how security is best consumed, deployed, and managed. We strive to deliver products and services that radically alter the customer’s experience with security, in terms of efficacy, performance, ease of use and interoperability.
- Carbon BlackBooth: 211
Carbon Black is Transforming Security Through Big Data and Analytics in the Cloud Growing trends in mobility and cloud have made the endpoint the new perimeter. New and emerging attacks are beating traditional defenses, and security teams are too reactive and held back by their technologies. Carbon Black is leveraging the power of big data and analytics to solve the challenges surrounding endpoint security. With the Cb Predictive Security Cloud platform, we are transforming cybersecurity to deliver a new generation of cloud-delivered security solutions designed to protect against the most advanced threats.
- Check Point Software Technologies Inc.Booth: 203
Check Point Software Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally. Its solutions protect customers from 5th generation cyber-attacks with an industry leading catch rate of malware, ransomware, and other types of attacks. Our solutions offer multilevel security architecture, “Infinity” Total Protection with Gen V advanced threat prevention.
- CIOReviewBooth: TBD
CIOReview is a technology magazine that talks about the enterprise solutions that can redefine the business goals of enterprises tomorrow. It is the leading source that shares innovative enterprise solutions developed by established solutions providers, upcoming hot enterprises and is a neutral source for technology decision makers. Published from Fremont, California, CIOReview is an excellent platform for the enterprise to showcase their innovative solutions.
- CiscoBooth: 145
Cisco builds truly effective security solutions that are simple, open and automated. Drawing on unparalleled network presence as well as the industry’s broadest and deepest technology and talent, Cisco delivers ultimate visibility and responsiveness to detect more threats and remediate them faster. With Cisco, companies are poised to securely take advantage of a new world of digital business opportunities.
- Comodo CybersecurityBooth: 126
In a world where preventing all cyberattacks is impossible, Comodo Cybersecurity delivers an innovative cybersecurity platform that renders threats useless, across the LAN, web and cloud. The Comodo Cybersecurity platform enables customers to protect their systems and data against even military-grade threats, including zero-day attacks. Based in Clifton, New Jersey, Comodo Cybersecurity has a 20-year history of protecting the most sensitive data for both businesses and consumers globally.
- Critical StartBooth: 201
Critical Start is a cybersecurity company with a holistic, customer-focused approach. We work with our customers to understand the impact of IT on their business and determine the associated risks. Using this risk profile, we can offer big-picture guidance on the strategies and controls that will enable them to effectively manage risk and improve security. Critical Start is 100% employee owned by a team of experts who are passionate about security, quality and service. For more information on what sets us apart, visit criticalstart.com.
- CyberArk SoftwareBooth: 101
CyberArk (NASDAQ: CYBR) is the global leader in privileged access security, a critical layer of IT security to protect data, infrastructure and assets across the enterprise, in the cloud and throughout the DevOps pipeline. CyberArk delivers the industry’s most complete solution to reduce risk created by privileged credentials and secrets. The company is trusted by the world’s leading organizations, including 50 percent of the Fortune 500, to protect against external attackers and malicious insiders. A global company, CyberArk is headquartered in Petach Tikva, Israel, with U.S. headquarters located in Newton, Mass. The company also has offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Japan.
- CyberbitBooth: 133
Cyberbit provides a consolidated detection and response platform that protects an organization’s entire attack surface across IT, OT and IoT networks. Cyberbit products have been forged in the toughest environments on the globe and include: behavioral threat detection, incident response automation and orchestration, ICS/SCADA security, and the world’s leading cyber range. Since founded in mid-2015 Cyberbit’s products were rapidly adopted by enterprises, governments, academic institutions and MSSPs around the world. Cyberbit is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems (NASDAQ: ESLT) and has offices in Israel, the US, Europe, and Asia.
- EC-CouncilBooth: TBD
International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, also known as EC-Council, is the world’s largest cyber security technical certification body. We operate in 140 countries globally and we are the owner and developer of the world-famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Testing (Practical) programs, among others. We are proud to have trained and certified over 140,000 information security professionals globally that have influenced the cyber security mindset of countless organizations worldwide.
- Friends UniversityBooth: 300
Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.
As searchers and learners, we support curiosity and research, and assign great value to diversity of experience. As people who value such diversity and openness, we approach new situations and people with good will and humility. We believe in equity and in the dignity of all people.
As a community, we accept and cherish our responsibility to care for one another in our learning and working relationships. We understand that a part of that care must be to become better stewards of what we have been given. We take care of the future as if we already are there.
- Global Cyber AllianceBooth: TBD
The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to confronting cyber risk and improving our connected world. It is a catalyst to bring communities of interest and affiliations together in an environment that sparks innovation with concrete, measurable achievements. While most efforts at addressing cyber risk have been industry, sector, or geographically specific, GCA partners across borders and sectors. GCA’s mantra “Do Something. Measure It.” is a direct reflection of its mission to eradicate systemic cyber risks. GCA, a 501(c)3, was founded in September 2015 by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the City of London Police and the Center for Internet Security. Learn more at www.globalcyberalliance.org
- GuidePoint Security LLCBooth: 108
GuidePoint Security LLC provides innovative and valuable cyber security solutions and expertise that enable organizations to successfully achieve their mission. By embracing new technologies, GuidePoint Security helps clients recognize the threats, understand the solutions, and mitigate the risks present in their evolving IT environments. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, GuidePoint Security is a small business, and classification can be found with the System for Award Management (SAM). Learn more at: http://www.guidepointsecurity.com
- IBM ResilientBooth: 213
In an industry focused on building walls, IBM Security is focused on creating an open, connected security ecosystem that leverages AI, cloud, orchestration and collaboration to help clients improve compliance, stop threats and grow their businesses securely. Our strategy reflects our belief that today’s defenses will not suffice tomorrow. It challenges us to approach our work, support our clients and lead the industry, allowing you to be fearless in the face of cyber uncertainty.
- InfraGard Kansas CityBooth: TBD
InfraGard Kansas City Members Alliance (IMA) is a non-profit organization serving as a public-private partnership among U.S. businesses, individuals involved in the protection and resilience of U.S. critical infrastructures, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The InfraGard program is a public/private cooperative effort dedicated to improving our national security. InfraGard consists of Chapters throughout the United States and has thousands of members. The FBI leads the U.S. Government side of InfraGard. The private sector side of InfraGard is led by a non-profit corporation, the InfraGard National Members Alliance, which consists of local InfraGard Members Alliances (IMAs) throughout the country. An InfraGard “Chapter” refers to the local FBI, the local IMA, and the local InfraGard members working together. “InfraGard” is a registered service mark of the FBI.
- ISACA Kansas CityBooth: TBD
Welcome to the local Kansas City Chapter of ISACA® (ISACA KC Chapter). The ISACA KC Chapter was founded in 1984 and continues to promote the education of individuals relating to the auditing of, management consulting in, or direct management of the fields of IT governance, IS audit, security, control and assurance.
- (ISC)2 Kansas City ChapterBooth: TBD
The mission of (ISC)² Kansas City (KC) Chapter is to advance the Information Security Profession by leveraging our shared body of knowledge to better our communities, groom the next generation of security professionals by delivering solutions to real-world security problems and issues that our members face.
“We” began as a few security-minded friends that worked together. We decided to quit talking about launching a local (ISC)² chapter in Kansas City or worse yet, wait around for someone else to do it for us. We stepped up and took the initiative. We have been growing as others hear about our group and join with us.
- ISSA Kansas CityBooth: TBD
The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. Through its membership, ISSA – Kansas City helps security professionals in the Kansas City area learn of information security issues and trends, which promote education, collaboration, and leadership, and further the information security profession.
- Ixia, a Keysight BusinessBooth: 228
We provide testing, visibility, and security solutions to strengthen applications across physical and virtual networks. Organizations use our tools and capabilities to test, secure and visualize their networks so their applications run stronger.
- Kansas City ECTFBooth: TBD
The USSS ECTF aims to increase the resources, skills and vision by which state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies team with prosecutors, private industry and academia to fully maximize what each has to offer in an effort to combat criminal activity. The common purpose is the prevention, detection, mitigation, and aggressive investigation of attacks on the nation’s financial and critical infrastructures.
- KC Tech CouncilBooth: TBD
The KC Tech Council represents Kansas City’s tech industry, a diverse ecosystem anchored by multinational corporations and driven by innovative entrepreneurs, with industry footholds in Healthcare IT, Telecommunications, Digital Media, and more.
In conjunction with strategic partners, active stakeholders and unique cultural and lifestyle advantages, the KC Tech Council elevates Kansas City as a leading technology hub.
The KC Tech Council’s work helps to attract, retain and grow technology companies and highly skilled tech talent in Kansas City, ensuring the sustained competitiveness of our region into the future.
The KC Tech Council is the operator of ChuteKC.com, an online-portal for tech candidates and employers to connect.
- KnowBe4Booth: 113
We are a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the fastest-growing vendor in this space.
KnowBe4 is the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform that helps you manage the ongoing problem of social engineering.
The KnowBe4 platform is user-friendly and intuitive. It was built to scale for busy IT pros that have 16 other fires to put out. Our goal was to design the most powerful, yet easy-to-use platform available.
Customers of all sizes can get the KnowBe4 platform deployed into production twice as fast as our competitors. Our Customer Success team gets you going in no time, without the need for consulting hours.
- KU – Edwards CampusBooth: TBD
The University of Kansas holds a tradition of excellence over a century old. In the 1970s, it shared that tradition with Greater Kansas City by providing courses to working professionals. In 1993 the university opened another location, the KU Edwards Campus, to provide permanent growth and education in the Kansas City community. In the past two decades, it has contributed more than $400 million to the Johnson County economy. In 2008, the Edwards Campus became proud partners in the Johnson County Education Research Triangle.
- SailPointBooth: 101
SailPoint, the leader in enterprise identity governance, brings the Power of Identity to customers around the world. SailPoint’s open identity platform gives organizations the power to enter new markets, scale their workforces, embrace new technologies, innovate faster and compete on a global basis. As both an industry pioneer and market leader in identity governance, SailPoint delivers security, operational efficiency and compliance to enterprises with complex IT environments. SailPoint’s customers are among the world’s largest companies in a wide range of industries.
- SecKCBooth: TBD
For those of you in Kansas City who find yourselves doing information security work as part of the day-to-day (be it consulting, penetration testing, internal compliance or just being the netadmin or sysadmin that has to mind the patches, firewalls and whatnot), I suggest trying to make it to SecKC.
- SecuronixBooth: 225
Securonix is redefining threat detection and response for today’s hybrid cloud, data-driven enterprise. Securonix Next-Gen SIEM and XDR are powered by the most advanced analytics and built on a scalable, flexible cloud native architecture. Securonix leverages behavioral analytics technology that pioneered the UEBA category to reduce noise, prioritize high fidelity alerts, and enable fast and precise response to insider and cyber threats.
- SentinelOneBooth: 100
SentinelOne is the future of Endpoint Protection. It unifies prevention, detection and response in a single platform driven by sophisticated machine learning and intelligent automation. With SentinelOne, organizations can detect malicious behavior across multiple vectors, rapidly eliminate threats with fully-automated, integrated response capabilities, and adapt their defenses against the most advanced cyber attacks.
- Skyhigh NetworksBooth: 209
Enterprises are responsible for how they use cloud services. But today’s security is designed for the network and devices, not the cloud. Skyhigh gives enterprises the tools they need to protect data and users in real time across all cloud services without introducing any friction to the user experience. With total control over their data and activities, enterprises can confidently leverage cloud to accelerate their business. It’s security that accelerates business.
- TechTargetBooth: TBD
TechTarget (NASDAQ: TTGT) is the online intersection of serious technology buyers, targeted technical content and technology providers worldwide. Our media, powered by TechTarget’s Activity Intelligence platform, redefines how technology buyers are viewed and engaged based on their active projects, specific technical priorities and business needs. With more than 100 technology specific websites, we provide technology marketers innovative media that delivers unmatched reach via custom advertising, branding and lead generation solutions all built on our extensive network of online and social media. TechTarget is based in Boston and has locations in Atlanta, Beijing, Cincinnati, London, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore, and Sydney.
- TufinBooth: 221
As the market leader of award-winning Security Policy Orchestration solutions, Tufin provides enterprises with the ability to streamline the management of security policies across complex, heterogeneous environments. With more than 2,000 customers, Tufin automatically designs, provisions, analyzes and audits network security configuration changes – from the application layer down to the network layer – accurately and securely. It assures business continuity with a tight security posture, rapid service delivery and regulatory compliance across physical, private, public and hybrid cloud environments.
- Wombat Security TechnologiesBooth: 208
Wombat Security Technologies provides information security awareness and training software to help organizations teach their employees secure behavior. Their SaaS cyber security education solution includes a platform of integrated broad assessments, and a library of simulated attacks and brief interactive training modules, to reduce employee susceptibility to attack, even phishing attacks, over 80%.
- Women in Security – Kansas CityBooth: TBD
Here at Women in Security – Kansas City, our mission is to provide a focus for women in Information Security through peer mentoring, workshops, and networking opportunities. Our vision for Women in Security – Kansas City is to inspire and support women at all career levels in Information Security.
- Larry WilsonCISO, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Larry Wilson is a senior consultant and was formerly the Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Massachusetts President's Office. In the CISO role, Larry was responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing compliance with the UMass Information Security Policy and Written Information Security Plan (WISP). In addition to designing and deploying the UMass cybersecurity program, Larry has developed and delivered cybersecurity training at multiple industry events, workshops, training venues, etc. Courses include Designing and Building a Cybersecurity Program, The NIST Cybersecurity Framework Foundations, The NIST Cybersecurity Framework Practitioners, Engineering, Technology and Business Labs and Workshops based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, etc. Larry has also worked with multiple companies in multiple industries to help design, build and maintain their Cybersecurity Programs and evaluate their current security posture.
- John O'LearyCISSP, President, O'Leary Management Education
John O'Leary, CISSP, is President of O'Leary Management Education. His background spans four decades as an active practitioner in information systems, IT Security and contingency planning. He has designed, implemented and managed security and recovery for networks ranging from single site to multinational. John has trained tens of thousands of practitioners, and conducted on-site programs at major corporations and government facilities worldwide. He has also facilitated meetings of Working Peer Groups, where security professionals from diverse corporations share ideas, concerns and techniques. John is the recipient of the 2004 COSAC award, the 2006 EuroSec Prix de Fidelite, and the 2011 ISC2 Lifetime Achievement Award
- Randy RawCISO, Veterans United Home Loans
Randy Raw is Chief Information Security Officer at Veterans United Home Loans in Columbia, Missouri. He has more than 25 years of experience in both public entities and private industry, having built several Information Security programs from the ground up. He is a proponent of risk-based, layered security measures that utilize both preventative and detective approaches to achieve the right solution for the organization. Randy is a CISSP and is active in the Central Missouri InfoSec community. He has spoken at SecureWorld on many technical topics and turns his focus towards helping others move from the technical trenches to a leadership role.
- Ryan EwingSpecial Agent, FBI Kansas City Division
Special Agent Ryan Ewing has been with the FBI for over 8 years with assignments within Cyber Task Forces in the Miami Field Office, Columbia Field Office and Kansas City Field Office. He has had investigative cases for Cyber Criminal matters as well as Cyber National Security matters. Through the FBI continuing education program, he has held certifications through the SANS institute to include GCIH, GCFE, GCFA.
- Donna VieiraSecurity Risk and Compliance Analyst, Johnson County (KS) Government
Donna Vieira , CRISC, has been an Information Security Awareness Professional for since 1999. She is a Certified Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) through ISACA, which is designed for IT professional with hands-on experience with risk identification, assessment, evaluation, response and monitoring.
- James WatersGlobal CISO, Black & Veatch
Currently the Global CISO for Black & Veatch and responsible for the security of all things digital/cyber within the enterprise. Previously the Chief IT Strategist and Security Director for HNTB, and prior to that as Senior IT Architect for the Federal Reserve.
- Geoff JenistaCybersecurity Advisor, Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Jenista serves as the Region VII, (MO, KS, NE, IA), Cyber Security Advisor within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity & Communications (CS&C). His program coordinates cyber preparedness, risk mitigation and incident response, and provides cyber security resources, including assessments, to the nation’s sixteen critical infrastructure sectors and state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities.
- Yaron LeviCISO, Dolby Laboratories
Yaron Levi is the CISO for Dolby Laboratories. Prior to joining Blue KC, he was CISO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City; a Director of Information Security for Cerner Corporation; an Information Security Business Partner for Intuit; an Information Security Architect and Product Manager for eBay; and a Director of Cloud Security for ANX. Yaron is a Research Fellow for the Cloud Security Alliance, serves as an advisory board member for several information security companies, and is co-founder of the Kansas City CISO forum. He graduated from the FBI CISO academy in 2018, and currently serves on the board of InfraGard KC.
- Kurt WescoeChief Architect, Wombat Security, a division of Proofpoint
As Chief Architect at Wombat Security, Kurt is responsible for ensuring Wombat's software and systems are built on a sound foundation. He brings over 10 years of experience in engineering, across multiple industries. He also serves as a faculty member in the School of Computer Science’s master’s program in e-Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Kurt earned his M.Sc. in E-Commerce from CMU, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
- Joseph MunizCisco, Security Architect
Joseph Muniz is an architect at Cisco Systems and security researcher. He has extensive experience in designing security solutions and architectures for the top Fortune 500 corporations and US Government. Joseph runs thesecurityblogger website, a popular resource for security and product implementation. He is the author and contributor of several publications including titles on building security operations centers (SOC)s, CCNA cyber ops certification, web penetration testing and hacking with raspberry pi. Joseph's next title, Digital Forensics for Network Engineers released on Cisco Press was released late February 2018. Follow Joseph at www.thesecurityblogger.com and @SecureBlogger.
- Britney Kennedy HommertzheimBISO, Cardinal Health
Britney began the first decade of her security career in the U.S. Army, where she managed over 90 teams and traveled internationally to assess the security of international government partners. Later, she oversaw the Information Security Department for AMC Theatres, responsible for the development and implementation of the global strategy, and overseeing all security personnel. Britney is a certified CISSP, CISM, PMP, and holds certifications for CompTIA S+, CCSK, and IT Business Management. She holds a BS in Applied & Discrete Mathematics, and an MS in Cybersecurity. She was also named an IT Security Power Player by SC Magazine.
- Aaron DeaconFounder & Managing Director, KC Digital Drive
Aaron Deacon is the founder and managing director of KC Digital Drive, a nonprofit civic organization with a mission to make Kansas City a digital leader and help cities adapt to disruptive technology change. He works with mayors, entrepreneurs and civic leaders in Kansas City and around the world to help build ecosystems that connect infrastructure, emerging technology and social impact. He combines a high-level strategic approach with boots-on-the-ground project implementation and management in smart cities, civic tech, digital inclusion, digital health, and education.
Through KC Digital Drive, Aaron helps to lead the Code for KC Brigade, the Health Innovation Team, and the KC Coalition for Digital Inclusion. Aaron is a founder and producer of the Gigabit City Summit, an annual conference on how cities build value on technology infrastructure. He also leads Kansas City’s participation in a number of global initiatives including US Ignite, NIST’s Global City Teams Challenge, the IEEE Smart City Initiative and the MetroLab Network.
Aaron’s work in cities and technology began as an instrumental leader in helping Kansas City prepare to be the first market for Google Fiber. He created and led a variety of community engagement initiatives around broadband deployment, including Building the Gigabit City and Give Us a Gig. He continues to help cities develop community playbooks to take advantage of ultra high-speed broadband.
Prior to working in the civic sphere, Aaron honed his skills in innovation management, design thinking product development, strategic planning and qualitative and quantitative research as a consultant and project director for a variety of Fortune 500 clients. He is the founder and principal of the research and strategic planning firm Curiolab. He earned a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Dallas, and taught high school Latin for two years in between.
- Rex JohnsonDirector of Cybersecurity, BKD CPAs & Advisors
Rex is a strategic and technical leader with more than 25 years of experience in security and privacy, enterprise risk management, security management and operations, IT governance, application development, internal and external audit, regulatory compliance, and controls assurance. He has served as the lead executive with responsibility for planning, budgeting, execution and delivery of cybersecurity assessments, process control assessments, enterprise security roadmaps, incident response, IT governance, IT performance, IT risk assessment, penetration testing and diagnostics. Rex is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with the following certifications: CISSP, CISA, CIPT, PCI QSA, and PMP.
- Kenneth GeersSenior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Kenneth Geers (PhD, CISSP): NATO Cyber Centre Ambassador, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow, Digital Society Institute-Berlin Affiliate, TSN University of Kyiv Professor, Ukraine. 20 years US Government (US Army, NSA, NCIS, NATO); FireEye Senior Global Threat Analyst. Author “Strategic Cyber Security”, Editor “Cyber War in Perspective”, Editor “The Virtual Battlefield”, Technical Expert “Tallinn Manual”, many articles and chapters on international and cyber security.
- Aaron WeissenfluhCISO, Cboe Global Markets
Aaron Weissenfluh currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer of one of the largest stock exchanges in the world. He has presented internationally and leads the charge to forever end the metrics based approach to security.
- Sara FloresCISO, UMB Bank
Sara serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for UMB Financial Corporation (UMB), overseeing UMB’s information security and privacy programs. A 15+ year veteran in information technology and information security, Sara has worked with a wide range of financial services firms to enhance their security posture. Her industry certifications include Certified Information Security Manager, Certified Information Privacy Professional, and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Sara is also a member of a number of industry organizations including the Investment Company Institute CISO Advisory Council, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Mid-size Bank Coalition of America CISO Group, ISACA (previously Information Security Audit and Controls Association), Information Systems Security Association, and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
- Cindi CarterCISO, Check Point Software Technologies
Cindi Carter is a global, multi-industry Cybersecurity and Information Technology Executive with more than 15 years of experience as a transformational leader for both startups and enterprises. Cindi’s expertise includes building Cybersecurity practices in highly regulated industries, turning strategic goals into actionable outcomes, influencing a “secure from the start” culture, developing secure architecture & engineering platforms, and highly collaborative engagement (C-Suite, Board, Clients and Industry) for managing risk.
At Check Point Software Technologies, Cindi is a Chief Information Security Officer in the Office of the CISO, committed to helping other CISOs achieve success in both strategic and tactical initiatives and contributing to Check Point’s own security practices. Cindi possesses a firm grasp of the challenges surrounding the security, privacy, and risk management landscape, and is a trusted advisor within Check Point as well as for our customers. More recently, Cindi was the CISO for IntSights Cyber Threat Intelligence, where she was responsible for driving the company’s internal security initiatives, as well as serving as an external-facing advisor and subject matter expert in the areas of threat intelligence, cybersecurity resilience and risk management. Cindi also served as VP and Chief Security Officer at MedeAnalytics, a healthcare analytics software-as-a-service (SaaS) leader; prior to that Cindi was the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.
Industry Collaboration Cindi is the founding President of Women in Security - Kansas City. She was honored as part of SC Media magazine’s “Women to Watch in Cyber Security” list, and was also featured in Cybersecurity Venture’s book, “Women Know Cyber: 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.” She presents at nationwide conferences, local chapters, and webinars including SecureWorld, RSA Conference, HIMSS, Evanta CxO Summit, and B-Sides. Cindi holds several recognized IT, security, and project management certifications and has a Master of Science degree in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems, both from Central Michigan University.
- Gary JohnsonSr. Director of Cybersecurity and IT Infrastructure, Kansas City Power & Light
Gary Johnson is a US Army veteran who has over 30 years of IT experience. He is the Sr. Director of Cybersecurity and IT Infrastructure for Kansas City Power & Light. Prior to that he spent 10 years at Cerner Corporation helping build their IT Infrastructure for the first five years and then led their security program the last five. He has a demonstrated history of working in Cybersecurity, Enterprise Architecture, IT Strategy, Data Center Operations, Networking, and Professional Services.
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