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Making and Keeping Work at Home Operations Safe and Productive

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT (2020-05-14 17:00:00 UTC)
  • John Pescatore, Lance Spitzner, Randy Marchany


  • Pulse Secure
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many organizations to quickly jump into increased or even first-time dependence on remote work. SANS has put together a free Security Awareness Work-from-Home Deployment Kit that provides a step-by-step plan to quickly execute an awareness initiative to secure your remote workforce. This kit includes a library of video, audio and print training material, all of which is available in different modalities and languages to meet the unique needs and culture of your organization. 

Awareness is the first step and assuring that remote connections and use of popular video conferencing tools is done securely needs to be focused on early, too. Monitoring and other critical security operations will be impacted both by the use of new technologies and the fact that the security team is all working from home as well. CISOs will face new challenges managing and motivating security teams that are scattered and remote. Supporting safe and productive remote work is key to keeping employees and the overall business healthy and secure.

This webinar includes how-to talks by John Pescatore, Lance Spitzner of SANS, and Randy Marchany, SANS Instructor and CISO of Virginia Tech. Attendees will be able to ratchet up the security of existing remote work approaches, secure emerging efforts and focus on an approach that allows for the enhancement and reuse of remote work capabilities as the world emerges from the impact of the pandemic.

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.

Lance Spitzner

Lance Spitzner has over 20 years of security experience in cyber threat research, awareness and training. He invented the concept of honeynets, founded the Honeynet Project and published three security books. Lance has worked and consulted in over 25 countries and helped over 350 organizations plan, maintain and measure their security awareness programs. In addition, Lance is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cyber Security Alliance, frequent presenter, serial tweeter (@lspitzner) and works on numerous community security projects. Before working in information security, Mr. Spitzner served as an armor officer in the Army's Rapid Deployment Force and earned his MBA from the University of Illinois.

Randy Marchany

Randy is the Chief Information Security Officer of Virginia Tech and the Director of Virginia Tech's IT Security Laboratory. He is a co-author of the original SANS Top 10 Internet Threats, the SANS Top 20 Internet Threats, the SANS Consensus Roadmap for Defeating DDoS Attacks, and the SANS Incident Response: Step-by-Step guides. He is a member of the Center for Internet Security development team that produced and tested the CIS Solaris, HPUX, AIX, Linux and Windows2000/XP security benchmarks and scoring tools. He was a member of the White House Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security working group that developed a Consensus Roadmap for responding to the DDOS attacks of 2000.

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