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Insights on Remote Access Cybersecurity and Workplace Flexibility - A SANS Whitepaper

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT (2020-07-08 16:00:00 UTC)
  • John Pescatore, Mike Riemer, Ken Weirman, Dan Connelly


  • Pulse Secure

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Workforce mobility, endpoint security and data protection risks have amplified since the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations have had to address a variety of remote worker challenges including security teams working from home (WFH). While secure remote access capacity and cloud usage for business continuity has accelerated, business are now realizing productivity and operational advantages — projecting a shift towards increased remote workplace flexibility and permanence.

This expert, practitioner webcast will explore how enterprises have built-up from existing remote access approaches, and how they can progress remote access and WFH cybersecurity capabilities. Key topics include:

  • WFH research findings and business trends
  • How have enterprises stepped up to mitigate WFH cybersecurity challenges
  • How are CISOs adapting, arming and motivating their security teams
  • Which crucial controls and tech were employed and how will they evolve in the near term
  • What worked, what to be aware of and what to avoid in order to scale secure remote access

Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

John Pescatore joined SANS as director of emerging security trends in January 2013 after more than 13 years as lead security analyst for Gartner, running consulting groups at Trusted Information Systems and Entrust, 11 years with GTE, and service with both the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the U.S. Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems and "the occasional ballistic armor installation." John has testified before Congress about cybersecurity, was named one of the 15 most-influential people in security in 2008 and is an NSA-certified cryptologic engineer.

Mike Riemer

Mike Riemer is the Chief Security Architect at Pulse Secure, a leading provider of enterprise access security solutions. He has over 13 years of researching, assessing requirements for, designing, and supporting implementing integrated security systems across firewall, VPN, UTM, WAF, AAA, intrusion protection, and security monitoring and event management. Prior to Pulse Security and Juniper, Mike held over 8 years practitioner experience as a systems engineering positions at Harley Davison and GE Capital.

Ken Weirman

Ken Weirman is the CIO for AMETEK Inc, a $5B manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. He is a seasoned IT executive with extensive experience within the manufacturing and distribution industries. He has held this role since 2010. 

Prior to joining AMETEK, Ken spent 16 years with Keystone Foods, a $6B international food manufacturer and distributor, where he held positions as Vice President of US Distribution as well as global CIO. Mr. Weirman also has held operating and information management positions with several leading companies, including Astra Merck, ICI Americas, CDI, and Arthur Andersen and Company. 

Mr. Weirman also serves as a Trustee for Arcadia University and is on the Board of Directors of PACT - The Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with an emphasis in Information Systems. Both degrees are from Penn State University.

Dan Connelly

Dan Connelly is an IT Infrastructure Manager with responsibility for Internet-based services, including remote access for PPG, a Fortune 500 coatings company based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dan's team is responsible for the firewall services, load-balancing, global remote access services and secured internet access for 40,000 end users in more than 140 countries.

When not securing network access, Dan enjoys bike-riding, playing guitar, making (and eating) pizza, and spending time with his family in Pittsburgh, PA.

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