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September, 2018 Chapter Meeting

Our September chapter meeting is on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

NOTE – This meeting will be at Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids. Details below!

Why Ticketing Matters for Security Operations

Abstract: We have plenty of theories about how we should be managing incident response, but how do we take that from idea to actionable program? Join us as we demonstrate how to bring incident response and threat intelligence together under a common platform to enable security analysts to quickly, decisively and effectively understand and respond to incidents as they happen.

Speaker Biographies:
Kris Russo – I have been active in large enterprise IT for 20 years and hold a B.S. in Information Security & Intelligence. An initial infrastructure discipline helped lay the foundation to pursue my passion for information security. I have since held roles in GRC, infrastructure security, vulnerability management and am a certified incident handler. Today I am a Security Architect with a Boutique Integrator, based in West Michigan. My career path has uniquely positioned me to be an advisor for organizations looking to building information security programs that enhance response capability while maximizing the value of security investments.

Matt Reid – I am an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of IT experience in Security and Business Continuity. My career began in Consulting Services, but evolved into Technical Sales and eventually Leadership. I have led many teams of Consultants, Architects and Sales Engineers on both the Vendor and Channel side. I have extensive experience developing Technical Sales plays, creating Service Offerings and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in the teams I work with. I have been told my ability to understand the technical and work well with people is unique and valuable. Prior to joining ITS to lead their Security business, he spent over a decade at Symantec, technically developing partner communities around emerging technologies. Before Symantec, he worked in the VAR channel as a delivery consultant.

This meeting is being sponsored graciously by ITS. Beverages and appetizers will be provided!

Founders Brewery
235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Take the elevator upstairs to the Centennial Room

Schedule

5:45-7:45 – Presentations

May, 2018 Chapter Meeting

Our May chapter meeting is on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

DMARC: Email Authentication

Abstract: Understanding SPF, DKIM and DMAR and how they allow you to authenticate email for your Domains.

Speaker Biography:
Chris Lawrence is a 20+ year veteran of the Network, Application, Mobile and User Communication industry. He has worked throughout those year for industry leading Security vendors selling and designing security for all size and types organizations. Most recently he is working at Proofpoint focusing in on the communication channels that corporate users use to do their jobs which includes Email, Mobile, Social Media, SaaS and other collaboration platforms. Prior to moving into sales he spent over 10 years as a Security practitioner building corporate networks for companies in S.E. Michigan.

Schedule
5:45-6:00PM Networking, dinner
6:00-7:15PM Presentation
7:15-7:45PM Q&A

Location Information
Metro Health IT Facility
985 Gezon Parkway (across from Target loading dock)
Wyoming, MI, 49519

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March, 2018 Chapter Meeting

Our February chapter meeting is on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

Governance, Risk & Compliance Solutions: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Abstract: GRC solutions can be an effective way to manage your security program however all too often organizations purchase a solution before they are ready. This presentation will cover best practices and lessons learned from the field while Chad Clement worked as a GRC Consultant as well as his experiences deploying GRC solutions in his own environments as a CISO and Global Security Manager.

Speaker Biography:
Chad Clement is a Sr. Solutions Architect with Optiv where he is currently works in pre-sales. Prior to joining Optiv Chad was Chief information Security Officer for a regional health system. Chad has over 25 years if information technology and information security ranging from Department of Deference, finance, manufacturing, food services and healthcare. He has prior work experience as a GRC consultant where he has deployed GRC solutions in healthcare, manufacturing, food services and finance.

Schedule
5:45-6:00PM Networking, dinner
6:00-7:15PM Presentation
7:15-7:45PM Q&A

Location Information
Metro Health IT Facility
985 Gezon Parkway (across from Target loading dock)
Wyoming, MI, 49519

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February, 2018 Chapter Meeting

Our February chapter meeting is on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

Current Ransomware Update

Abstract: Ransomware is a $1 billion dollar security industry, and that’s just for the cybercriminals. It is by far the most profitable malware threat in history. Because of this, along with reduced barriers to entry for attackers, these incidents are widespread, causing significant business loss and disruption for organizations. Sophistication levels, pervasiveness, polymorphism, and impact are also on the rise. In this discussion, David Lindstrom and Jimmy Nguyen of Cisco security will discuss current ransomware trends, the anatomy of an attack, prevention and detection capabilities, and response strategies to minimize ransomware-related risk.

Speaker Biography:
David Lindstrom is a Cyber Sales Specialist for Cisco, based in Southfield. He joined Cisco via the Lancope acquisition in 2015, and has worked closely with local companies in security planning and operations. He has been involved in technical solution selling for over 20 years as an individual contributor and in sales management. He supports accounts in the enterprise space in Michigan.

Jimmy Nguyen is a Security Consulting Systems Engineer, based in Lansing. He has over 15 years experience in security operations, engineering, and architecture, and joined Cisco in 2017 from HP Security. In his role as CSE, he helps MI enterprises align security architecture and operations to organizational priorities and security framework to achieve optimal business outcomes.

Schedule
5:45-6:00PM Networking, dinner
6:00-7:15PM Presentation
7:15-7:45PM Q&A

Location Information
Metro Health IT Facility
985 Gezon Parkway (across from Target loading dock)
Wyoming, MI, 49519

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December, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Our December chapter meeting is on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

FBI Cyber Agent Update

Abstract: Don Whitt, a Grand Rapids-based Cyber Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Task Force will be presenting. Special Agent Whitt has worked for the FBI for over seven years researching and addressing cyber threats.

Schedule

5:45-6:00PM Networking, dinner
6:00-7:15PM Presentation
7:15-7:45PM Q&A

Location Information

Metro Health IT Facility
985 Gezon Parkway (across from Target loading dock)
Wyoming, MI, 49519

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November, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Our November chapter meeting is on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

You Want To Put What In The Cloud? Security Issues To Consider

Abstract: Our November speaker will be Dr. Faith Heikkila, presenting You Want to Put What in the Cloud? Security Issues to Consider, a practitioner’s view of how to evaluate cloud security risks when your company wants to place data in the cloud. She will provide insight into the process of evaluating the cloud provider’s security posture, including the use of Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs).

Benefits/Takeaways

  • Insight into the process of working through the risks associated with placing Personally
  • Identifiable Information (PII) or Personal Data (PD) in the cloud.
  • Familiarity with cloud security challenges.
  • Role of vendor reviews in managing cyber risk.

Speaker Biography: Faith Heikkila, Ph.D., CISM, FIP, CIPM, CIPP-US, ABCP is an Information Security Architect – Governance at a global pharmaceutical company. She has CISO and Privacy Officer practitioner experience in overall information security governance and compliance, and previously oversaw the protection of personal and financial information for clients. Dr. Heikkila is the past Chairman and past President of InfraGard Michigan Members Alliance, Inc. Dr. Heikkila served on the InfraGard National Members Alliance, Inc. (INMA) Board for three years as the INMA Secretary. Dr. Heikkila earned her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University specializing in Information Assurance. Dr. Heikkila has published numerous information security articles and is widely recognized as a subject matter expert in e-discovery, data privacy, information security policies/procedures, computer security breaches, financial regulatory compliance laws, ISO 27001/27002 framework, cybersecurity, and state data breach notification laws.

Schedule

5:45-6:00PM Networking, dinner
6:00-7:15PM Presentation
7:15-7:45PM Q&A

Location Information

Metro Health IT Facility
985 Gezon Parkway (across from Target loading dock)
Wyoming, MI, 49519

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September, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Our May chapter meeting is on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

Defending Against Pass-The-Hash

Abstract: Sure everyone in IT knows about ransomware, DDOS, and various sorts of malware. However many IT folks either don’t know or don’t know how to defend themselves against a flaw that affects all Microsoft Operating Systems. I’m talking about Pass-The-Hash. Pass-The-Hash has existed from the very beginning, and is a powerful technique that attackers can use to move laterally, and escalate privilege in your Windows Environment. We’ll be discussing why it’s possible, what are the business risks involved, and mitigation techniques.

Speaker Biography: Mikhail Burshteyn is a Security Consultant for CDW, performing penetration tests for various types of customers and industries. He has a passion for security, breaking things, and showing people the risks that can be involved with different technologies. He is a former graduate of Central Michigan University, and holds a number of certifications including CISSP and CCNA.

Schedule

5:45-6:00PM Networking, dinner
6:00-7:15PM Presentation
7:15-7:45PM Q&A

Location Information

Metro Health IT Facility
985 Gezon Parkway (across from Target loading dock)
Wyoming, MI, 49519

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2017 Summer Break

Hi all — we’re on break until September 6, 2017. We’re actively soliciting ideas for next year’s meetings, so please reach out to us if you’d like to be a part of the chapter.

Thanks and have a great summer.

Sincerely,
Board of Directors

May, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Our May chapter meeting is on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 5:45PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending!

Embedding Security in Embedded systems

Abstract: If security were easy, we’d have solved it 20 years ago. Unfortunately for complex systems, we need all-hands- on-deck: developer training, correct implementation, proper deployment and monitoring, secure updates, and response planning. Come be encouraged by Dr. DeMott to apply security best practices to the embedded specific domains.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Jared DeMott is former NSA and Microsoft BlueHat Prize winner. He’s frequently quoted in media, and invited to speak. He’s the founder of Vulnerability Discovery & Analysis (VDA) Labs. You’ll find fingerprints of VDA across the InfoSec community: fuzzing, code auditing, exploitation, incident response, malware analysis, pentests, threat intelligence, and security training. When DeMott isn’t leading a project, or bypassing a security control, he’s enjoying time with his family outdoors.

Schedule

5:45-6:00PM Networking, dinner
6:00-7:15PM Presentation
7:15-7:45PM Q&A

Location Information

Metro Health IT Facility
985 Gezon Parkway (across from Target loading dock)
Wyoming, MI, 49519

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