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Security Awareness Forum & Training - Live Online

Virtual, US Eastern | Mon, Aug 3 - Wed, Aug 5, 2020

Security Awareness Forum Agenda

Live Online | August 5

Wednesday, August 5 - all times are EDT
9:30 – 9:50 am
Opening Remarks

Lance Spitzner, @lspitzner, Summit Chair, SANS Institute

9:50 – 10:30 am

The Human Side of Threats: Why it Matters that Adversaries are Human Too

Katie Nickels, @likethecoins, SANS Certified Instructor

In cybersecurity, practitioners often focus on the technical side of adversaries: what forensic artifacts we see, what infrastructure the adversaries are using, and what we see on hosts and networks. In this keynote, Katie will explain why it's so important to our community to remember that there are humans behind the keyboard who are targeting human victims. She will share some recent trends in what adversaries are doing to compromise victims and how they have used human ingenuity to adapt their methods to be more successful.

10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 11:15 am

A Step-by-Step Guide to Engaging a Global Workforce With Podcasts

Paige Ishii, @Ph1sh11ngs3c, Senior Information Security Analyst, Intermountain Healthcare

Building a culture of awareness over a large geographical region ( which is constantly growing) can be difficult. How do you reach your entire global workforce? Podcasting allows your employees to learn passively and take the education with them. In this talk, Paige will review the steps necessary to create and build a podcast. Paige will start with why podcasting should be considered in your awareness program and steps to take to record, produce and launch your very own podcast.

11:15 – 11:45 am

How to Build a Global, Digital Security Awareness Scavenger Hunt

Neaka Balloge, Cybersecurity Awareness & Training Specialist, NYU Langone Health

Now that you competed in the world’s first global, digital security awareness scavenger hunt learn how you can do the same at your own organization. Scavenger hunts are a fantastic way to engage your workforce and reinforce key security behaviors and policies using nothing more than freely available technologies. Neaka will walk you through step-by-step how you can do it with zero budget and in time for October.

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Break
12:00 – 12:30 pm

Making the Most of Virtual Conferencing Technology

Moderator: Lance Spitzner, @lspitzner, Summit Chair, SANS Institute


Vivienne Pustell, Security Engineer, Slack

Lester Chan, Head of Enterprise Security, Zoom Video Communications

Learn from the security teams at Slack and Zoom how to make the most of today’s virtual technologies. Not sure how to best secure your workforce when using the latest conferencing technologies? Want to learn how to better onboard and train your employees? What are the most common mistakes they see other companies make? Now is your chance to ask and learn from the virtual conferencing experts!

12:30 – 1:10 pm


Diversity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity

Moderator: Steffanie AK Schilling, @SAKSchilling, Global Program Manager in Cybersecurity Policy, Communications and Security Awareness, AmTrust


Chisomo Selemani, M.A., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Baldwin Wallace University

Joseph Oteng, @drjotengii, M.Ed., tOSU Moritz College of Law - J.D. Candidate '22, Youthful Life Blogger, Photographer & Social Justice Workshops

As we enter the largest Civil Rights Movement the world has ever seen, join us in discussing pressing issues facing the cybersecurity industry and the dangerous affects across organizations, societies and nations. Discover initiatives such as ShareTheMicInCyber which aim to elevate and support diverse cyber practitioners, as well as what you can do today to start making the world a safer place.

Suggested Readings:

1:10 – 1:40 pm Lunch
1:40 – 2:20 pm

Create Your Own Awareness Videos at Home

Kerry Tomlinson, @KerryTNews, Editor-in-Chief, Archer News Network

You can create fun awareness videos to engage, entertain and inform your employees right from your own home! Kerry will show you what tools to use and how to use them effectively. After her step-by-step guidance, you will be ready to start creating today using only basic tools and software. Plus, you will see how to involve your employees to make your videos and your message even more effective. Finally, Kerry will be providing a handout listing all the steps covered in her talk and the basic tools / technology to make it happen.

2:20 – 2:30 pm
Closing Remarks

Lance Spitzer, @lspitzner, Summit Chair, SANS Institute