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Six Steps to Stronger Security for SMBs

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT (2015-06-24 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Wolfgang Kandek, Dr. Eric Cole


  • Qualys

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Attackers target companies of all sizes; no matter how obscure you think you may be, you should expect to be eventually attacked. Big companies devote lots of money and staff to fighting attacksand even then, breaches still occur far too often. Small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) face a tougher challenge. Your security budget is tiny by comparison. As for the security teamwell, often its just one or two people on the battle line. Since you must do more with less, its crucial to be smart about defensive choices and focus on what matters most: Six Steps to Stronger Security.

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Eric Cole

Dr. Cole is an industry-recognized security expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Dr. Cole has experience in information technology with a focus on helping customers focus on the right areas of security by building out a dynamic defense. Dr. Cole has a master's degree in computer science from NYIT and a doctorate from Pace University with a concentration in information security. He served as CTO of McAfee and Chief Scientist for Lockheed Martin. Dr. Cole is the author of several books, including Advanced Persistent Threat, Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Sight, Network Security Bible 2nd Edition, and Insider Threat. He is the inventor of over 20 patents and is a researcher, writer, and speaker. He is also a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President and several executive advisory boards. Dr. Cole is the founder and an executive leader at Secure Anchor Consulting where he provides leading-edge cyber security consulting services, expert witness work, and leads research and development initiatives to advance the state-of-the-art in information systems security. Dr. Cole was the lone inductee into the InfoSec European Hall of Fame in 2014. Dr. Cole is actively involved with the SANS Technology Institute (STI) and is a SANS faculty Fellow and course author who works with students, teaches, and develops and maintains courseware.

Wolfgang Kandek

Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys, is responsible for product direction and all operational aspects of the Qualys Cloud Platform and its infrastructure. Wolfgang has over 20 years of experience in developing and managing information systems. His focus has been on Unix-based server architectures and application delivery through the Internet. Before joining Qualys, Wolfgang was director of network operations at the online music streaming company and at iSyndicate, an Internet media syndication company. Earlier in his career, Wolfgang held a variety of technical positions at EDS, MCI and IBM. Wolfgang earned master's and bachelor's degrees in computer science from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Wolfgang is a frequent speaker at security events and forums including Black Hat, RSA Conference, InfoSecurity UK and The Open Group. Wolfgang is the main contributor to the Laws of Vulnerabilities blog.

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