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Chapter Announcements

December Meeting

The next meeting is a lunch on Friday December 5th. As mentioned at the last meeting we will have 2 presenters for our lunch meetings this season. We will be starting 15 minutes earlier (10:45 am) to allow our presenters time and to conclude the meeting on time (1:00 pm).

The first presenter, Jason Wessel, SE Manager for Palo Alto Networks, will presenting ‘Zero Trust Architecture’. is a new security framework advocated by Forrester Principal Analyst John Kindervag placing security at the core of the network and building all other network elements around it. This security-centric approach advocates a number of principles to design a secure and flexible network.

    These principles include:
  1. Ensure that all resources are accessed securely regardless of location
  2. Adopt a least-privilege strategy and strictly enforce access control
  3. Inspect and log all traffic

We’ll take a break around noon to grab some lunch then Juan Lara, Security Engineering Manager for Imperva, will present ‘Compromised Insiders’. Advanced targeted attacks are more focused and persistent than ever before, and they continue to increase in sophistication. These next generation threats are multi-phased and organized explicitly to bypass the security perimeter, most often targeting individuals as an entry point. It only takes one compromised user in order for attackers to successfully infiltrate your corporate network and gain full access to the data that drives your business. In the end, your organization is only as secure as your weakest link–the trusted employee.

  • What is a compromised insider?
  • How social networks are used to identify targets
  • How organizations are exploited

After the second presenter there will be a drawing for $50 AMEX gift card. The winner must be present to claim the prize or we will redraw.

There will be 2 CPE given to attendees of the lunch meetings.

Registration will begin at 10:15 am, first presentation starts at 10:45 am.

Meeting location: The Gulf Tower; Gulf Theater. 707 Grant Street on the 3rd floor.

Cost: $10 for members of AITP, InfraGard, ISACA, ISSA, OWASP, Steel City InfoSec and TRCPA with advance registration
$15 for non-members with advance registration
$5 for students with advance registration

To register in advance for this meeting contact Mike Sotace at mpsotace@edmc.edu or phone (412) 995-7342.

Deadline for advance registration is Wednesday December 3rd, there is an extra $5.00 charge for registration after this date.