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Risks, Threats and Preparedness: Part I of the SANS Financial Services Survey

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT (2014-03-26 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Scott Gordon, Ed Dembowski, Jack Daniel, John Pescatore, G. Mark Hardy


  • Blue Coat Systems, Inc.
  • FireEye
  • Forescout Technologies BV
  • Raytheon Cyber Products
  • Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Tenable

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John Pescatore moderates this exciting survey webcast series. In this Part I webcast, SANS will share what types of attacks industry participants are suffering from and how prepared they feel they are to fend off attacks. Hint: Financial institutions are not as prepared as we thought they'd be. Only 16% felt very prepared to fend off attacks against financial accounts.

Of those that were able to quantify attacks on their organization, 44% suffered direct loss against impacted financial accounts, and an additional 36% said they had experienced direct losses due to denial of service interrupting their business.

Attend this webcast and learn what types of attacks are succeeding, their effects and their regulatory impact. In our Part II webcast, held March 27 at 1 PM EDT, we will go over the second half of the survey results and cover drivers for security programs and wish lists for strengthening those programs. To attend this Part II webcast, follow this link:

Those who register for this webcast will also receive access to the associated whitepaper developed by SANS Analyst G. Mark Hardy with advice from John Pescatore.

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Speaker Bios

G. Mark Hardy

G. Mark Hardy is the lead certified instructor for The SANS Institute's flagship leadership class, Security Leadership Essentials for Managers (MGT512), and teaches several other management and technical courses. He holds the GSLC, CISSP, CISM, and CISA certifications. As founder and president of National Security Corporation, he has been providing cybersecurity expertise to government, military and commercial clients for over 30 years. An internationally recognized expert, he has spoken at over 250 events worldwide. Hardy serves on the advisory board of CyberWATCH, an Information Assurance/Information Security Advanced Technology Education Center of the National Science Foundation. A retired U.S. Navy Captain, Hardy is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds bachelor's degrees in computer science and mathematics and master's degrees in business administration and strategic studies.

John Pescatore

John Pescatore (moderator) is the director emerging security trends for the SANS Institute. A former vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, Pescatore has over 30 years of experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to joining Gartner, he was senior consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems and a security engineer for the U.S. Secret Service and the National Security Agency.

Jack Daniel

Jack Daniel, product manager for Tenable Network Security. A highly regarded technology community activist, Jack has 20-plus years of experience in network and system administration and security. In addition to co-founding and organizing Security B-Sides events, Jack is a frequent speaker at user and security group events including Shmoocon, DEFCON and SecTor.

Ed Dembowski

Ed Dembowski is a senior solutions architect at FireEye, working with customers in every market to build secure network solutions. In his three-year tenure at FireEye, he has helped some of the largest companies design security solutions using FireEye products. In the past, Ed has focused on working at various financial services firms in different security focused roles. Most recently, Ed was at UBS Bank for three years, and prior to that at Merrill Lynch for six years. This experience has helped FireEye address the needs of the world’s largest banks.

Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon is the chief marketing officer at RiskIQ, responsible for global market strategy, operations and sales enablement. He has 20 years' experience contributing to security management, network, endpoint and data security, and risk assessment technologies at innovative startups and large organizations. Prior to RiskIQ, Scott held management positions at ForeScout, Protego Networks (acq. Cisco), Axent and McAfee. Scott is CISSP certified and has authored "Operationalizing Security" and co-authored the "Definitive Guide to NAC."

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