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High-Value ISC West 2016 Sessions

High-Value ISC West 2016 Sessions

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by Ray Bernard PSP, CHS-III

Feb-Mar 2016

These days I am always scouting around for educational sessions about the status of security and technology, cyber security, cloud services, and the future of security risk management.

Q: Are there any really great 2016 ISC West educational sessions you can recommend?

A: Here are the Top 5 on my must-see sessions list, presented in the order in which they occur. I know most of these industry leaders and they have very relevant messages about the state of security in 2016 and beyond. Don’t miss these sessions!


Addressing Cyber Risks by Protecting your Facilities and Infrastructure beyond the Physical Realm

April 05, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Those wishing to steal data or create general acts of espionage and terrorism continually look for ways to access sensitive data and commit fraud and impact systems and infrastructure. It’s imperative those deploying security solutions consider all aspects of cyber risk mitigation. Security solution advancements need to be properly deployed to ensure their continued operation. You’ll hear how to prioritize threats to physical security solutions, and which guidance, security controls and standards to consider and the components to use for long term implementation.

Salvatore D’Agostino – CEO – Idmachines, LLC
Steve Surfaro – Security Industry Liaison – Axis Communications
Fred Juhlin – Global Senior Consultant – Axis Communications
John Bartolac – Manager, Programs for Retail, Transportation, Banking & Finance, Government and Cyber Strategy, North America – Axis Communications

Cyber Security – How to Ensure Vendors are not Leaving You Vulnerable

April 05, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

You’re preparing for an upcoming project or service contract and finalizing the RFP. There are important questions you should ask when it comes to cyber security and enterprise resilience tactics. Join experts to determine how to evaluate, qualify and disqualify potential partners based on their cyber security and disaster recovery policies. Discuss key characteristics of a responsible information and network security program, best practices in managing ongoing vendor relationships and red flags in the prequalification process.

Wayne Smith – President – Tech Systems

Mark Andrews – Chief Information Security Officer, Group Executive – TSYS
Geoff Provinelli – Associate Vice President, System Security – Memorial Hermann Health System


Are You Ready for the Future? Security Leadership in a Changing Risk Environment

April 05, 2016, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Disruption in the security risk landscape demands new leadership strategies to be relevant and effective for your organization.  Are you prepared for the onslaught of additional threats from new technologies, new skills needed in the workforce and the increased cooperation needed between security and all facets of the organization?  Join security industry veterans as they bring together leading global security practitioners reshaping the role of security within their organizations as they debate what and who will influence the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Jeff Spivey – President – Security Risk Management

Mike Foynes – Senior Director – Global Security Operations Centers Microsoft


State of the Security Industry and Its Future

April 05, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

These security industry leaders provide their candid opinions on what they think the state of the security industry is now and what they feel the future will hold. They will debate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, identify evolutions driving the market now and address the key problems that need still need to be solved.

Sandy Jones – Principal – Sandy Jones and Company
Mike Howard – Chief Security Officer (CSO) – Microsoft Corporation
Ray O’Hara – Executive VP, International Services and Consulting and Investigations – AS Solution


The State of the Cloud in the Security Industry

April 07, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Cloud infrastructure is making a big leap into the mainstream of the security industry as more and more companies adopt the technology. Manufacturers who made the leap into cloud architecture years ago are seeing the advantages and have had to refine their offerings to perform optimally.  Early customers have seen the benefits that these cloud-based systems have delivered. This panel will discuss the ever-present concern of privacy and critical data protection in the cloud, how the cloud contributes to ROI and the future of the technology for the security industry. Additionally, real-world applications of cloud-based infrastructure will be introduced.

Rob Hile – Director – Enterprise Command Centers – SureView Systems

Jumbi Edulbehram  – Regional President, Americas – Oncam Grandeye

Brian Tuskan – Senior Director of Technology and Investigations – Microsoft

Be sure to head to the ISC West Conference page and look through the list of sessions, as I am sure there will also be others that are highly relevant to your roles, responsibilities and interests.

Write to Ray about this column at Ray Bernard, PSP, CHS-III is the principal consultant for Ray Bernard Consulting Services (RBCS), a firm that provides security consulting services for public and private facilities. For more information about Ray Bernard and RBCS go to or call 949-831-6788. Mr. Bernard is also a member of the Content Expert Faculty of the Security Executive Council ( Follow Ray on Twitter: @RayBernardRBCS

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