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October 2013 Chapter Meeting

Our October chapter meeting is on Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

Dr. Strangecloud or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BYoD, presented by Caston Thomas & Paul Cochran

Abstract: Ten to fifteen years ago, the life of a corporate security manager was easy. Firewall… Check… Virus protection… Check… WEP… Check…Then, the attacks became a little more sophisticated. IDS… Check… IPS… Check… WPA2… Check… 2-factor… Check… Check… Check… It became more complex, yet the basic premise of our security infrastructure was the same… Keep the bad guys out… Keep the data in… Over the last few years, profoundly different challenges have arisen and increase exponentially the demands placed on corporate information security… Cloud… Mobile… Compliance… Privacy… Advanced Persistent Threats… DLP… SIEM…

How Do We Fill In the Blanks From the Dissolving Perimeter?
We’re now called to secure data that’s no longer inside our domain. We’re asked to secure users and devices that could be anywhere in the world at any given time. We’re expected to be able to produce a report on the state of every device & every user on the network – possibly even what it looked like six months ago. “Oh yes, we’ll give you an increase in budget. More staff? We’ll get back with you.”

Some would call this a paradigm shift. Some would call it a disaster waiting to happen. Most of us don’t quite yet know what to call it.

In this presentation, we’ll cover:

  1. how the combination of BYoD/cloud/mobile and the changing threat landscape present new challenges to InfoSec
  2. updating our security framework & infrastructure components without obsoleting what we already have
  3. how NAC & mobile management tools can play a pivotal role in bringing the pieces together (includes a demonstration of ForeScout)

Presentation Material

Speaker biography
Caston Thomas brings perspective, knowledge and a practicality to how to combine technology and process change for improving security & management of mobile & the cloud. Caston has pioneered communications & workflow technologies in a number of healthcare organizations. With almost 30 years in corporate information technology, he is sought by business leaders as an expert helping to fill the gap between mobile security frameworks and the operational processes & technologies that make them work. Caston is president of InterWorks, LLC.

A businessman with a heart and commitment to his family and community, Caston has contributed his talents and time to a variety of humanitarian organizations including the Salvation Army, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and building clinics & orphanages in Ghana.


  • 5:45-6:15PM Networking/Membership signup / Dinner
  • 6:15-7:15PM Presentation
  • 7:15-7:45PM Q&A

Location Information

Metro Health Conference Center
2225 Main Street
Wyoming, MI, 49519