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SANS@MIC - The 14 Absolute Truths of Security

  • Monday, July 06, 2020 at 8:30 PM EDT (2020-07-07 00:30:00 UTC)
  • Keith Palmgren

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Overview

Many security professionals like to say that there are no absolutes in security. But there are! There are at least fourteen absolute truths of security. Facts about security that remain true regardless of circumstance, network topology, organizational type, or any other variable.

Recognizing these absolute truths and how they affect a security program can lead to the success of that program. Failing to recognize these truths will spell almost certain doom. In this 60 minute talk we will take a non-technical look at each of the fourteen absolute truths in turn, examine what they mean to the security manager, what they mean to the security posture, and how understanding them will lead to a successful security program.

This talk focuses primarily on the managerial aspect of a successful security program. The talk presents information that is vital to understand for any manager who has responsibility for security. It also helps security technicians understand the non-technical aspects of security that effect their daily lives. You will see security principles presented in completely new and different ways. You will learn to think of security from a perspective that you may not have thought of security in the past.

Speaker Bio

Keith Palmgren

Keith Palmgren is an IT Security professional and certified instructor at SANS Institute. He has over 30 years of experience specializing in the IT Security field. He began his career with the U.S. Air Force working with cryptographic keys & codes management. He also worked in, what was at the time, the newly-formed Air Force computer security department. Following the Air Force, Keith worked as an MIS director for a small company before joining AT&T/Lucent as a Senior Security Architect working on engagements with the DoD and the National Security Agency. Later, as Security Consulting Practice Manager for both Sprint and Netigy, Keith built and ran the security consulting practice. He was responsible for all security consulting world-wide and for leading dozens of security professionals on many consulting engagements across all business spectrums. For the last several years, Keith has run his own company, NetIP, Inc. He divides his time between consulting, training, and freelance writing projects. Currently, Keith is a Certified Instructor for the SANS Institute. In his career, Keith has trained over 10,000 IT professionals and authored more than 20 IT security training courses a Including the SANS SEC301 course. Keith currently holds eleven computer security certifications (CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCED, GISF, CEH, Security+, Network+, A+, CTT+).

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