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The CIS Critical Security Controls: The International Standard for Defense

  • Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 6:00 AM EDT (2015-12-10 11:00:00 UTC)
  • James Tarala

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Clearly by reading the news any given day of the week one can see the increasing occurrences of cyber attacks against technology systems. There are many days when it feels as if the attackers are winning and that there is not much an organization can do to stop the attacks. But hackers are not magic, and there are practical steps an organization can take to defend themselves. In 2008 the CIS Critical Security Controls were created as a collaboration between the SANS Institute, the Center for Internet Security, and hundreds of international contributors. The usefulness of this standard is not limited to one geographic area, but rather is more and more becoming the standard for practical cyber defenses internationally. In this webcast James Tarala, a technical editor for the CIS Critical Security Controls, and Senior Instructor at the SANS Institute will explain why it has become the default standard of defense for numerous organizations around the world.

Speaker Bio

James Tarala

James Tarala is a principal consultant with Enclave Hosting, LLC and is based out of Venice, FL. He is a regular speaker and senior instructor with the SANS Institute as well as a courseware author and editor for many of their auditing and security courses. As a consultant he has spent the past few years architecting large enterprise IT security and infrastructure architectures, specifically working with many Microsoft based, directory services, e-mail, terminal services, and wireless technologies. He has also spent a large amount of time consulting with organizations to assist them in their security management, operational practices, and regulatory compliance issues and often times performs independent security audits and assists internal audit groups to develop their internal audit programs. James completed his undergraduate studies at Philadelphia Biblical University, his graduate work at the University of Maryland, and holds numerous professional certifications.

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