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Take Control! 7 Steps to Prioritize Your Security Program

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT (2013-10-16 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Matt Hathaway, John Pescatore


  • Rapid7 Inc.

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For many security practitioners, prioritizing your security efforts and aligning to best practices can be a daunting task. How do you approach it? What tools do you use? And how do you know if the controls you have in place will really keep you safe from an attack. Join SANS Director of Emerging Trends, John Pescatore and Matt Hathaway, Senior Product Manager at Rapid7 as they explore the SANS Top 20 Critical Controls and how you can use them to develop your security program. John will discuss trends in the market along with a useful outline of the Top Critical Controls, and Matt will provide a simple 7 step program for building controls across your security program.

Key takeaways for participants include:

  • A view from the experts at SANS on trends in the market
  • Rapid7's approach and focus on critical SANs Top 20 Controls
  • A framework to prioritize across penetration testing, vulnerability management, endpoint security and mobile risk

Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging security trends in January 2013. He has 35 years experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to joining the SANS Institute, Mr. Pescatore was Gartner's lead security analyst for 13 years, working with global 5000 corporations and major technology and service providers. Before joining Gartner, Mr. Pescatore was Senior Consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems, where he started, grew and managed security consulting groups focusing on firewalls, network security, encryption and Public Key Infrastructures. Prior to that, Mr. Pescatore spent 11 years with GTE developing secure computing and telecommunications systems. Mr. Pescatore began his career at the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the United States Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a NSA Certified Cryptologic Engineer. He is also an Extra class amateur radio operator, callsign K3TN.

Matt Hathaway

Matt Hathaway is a senior manager of Solutions Marketing at Rapid7, having recently transitioned after four years in the Rapid7 Products organization. He moved to Northern Ireland to assist with the company's international expansion and drive Rapid7 Belfast office development. He is a frequent blogger about both Rapid7 products and the expatriation experience. He regularly speaks about security challenges at conferences, including Black Hat USA 2014, SOURCE Dublin 2015 and B-Sides SF 2016. Prior to joining Rapid7, Matt was a member of the Office of the CTO (OCTO) and product management teams for RSA. He has been working in fraud prevention, security and IT for 15 years.

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