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Transforming Your Security Investment into an Early Warning System Against Cyber Threats

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT (2014-05-28 15:00:00 UTC)
  • Steve Lowing, Eric Cole, PhD


  • Promisec

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To secure against cyber-attacks, organizations must vigorously defend their networks and systems from a variety of internal and external threats. To aid in this effort, the SANS Institute publishes and updates 20 Critical Controls for Effective Cyber Defense.

The goal of the Critical Controls is to help organizations develop a defensive posture to protect their critical assets, infrastructure, and information through continuous, automated protection and monitoring of their IT infrastructure.

This talk explores the top 5 Critical Controls and identifies best practices for IT and security personnel when implementing automated solutions to assure that every endpoint on the network is properly protected and in compliance with established security policies.

The Top Five Critical Controls that will be discussed are:

  1. Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Devices
  2. Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Software
  3. Secure Configurations for Hardware and Software on Mobile Devices, Laptops, Workstations and Servers
  4. Continuous Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation
  5. Malware Defenses

Speaker Bios

Eric Cole, PhD

Eric Cole, PhD, is a SANS faculty fellow, course author and instructor who has served as CTO of McAfee and chief scientist at Lockheed Martin. He is credited on more than 20 patents, sits on several executive advisory boards and is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. Eric's books include Advanced Persistent Threat, Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Sight, Network Security Bible and Insider Threat. As founder of Secure Anchor Consulting, Eric puts his 20-plus years of hands-on security experience to work helping customers build dynamic defenses against advanced threats.

Steve Lowing

Steve heads up Product Management at Promisec, a pioneer in endpoint visibility and remediation software that empowers organizations to avoid threats and disarm attacks that can lead to unwanted headlines and losses. Prior to Promisec, Steve held similar product roles at Core Security, Symantec and EMC. Steve has a Bachelorís of Science in Computer Science and started his career designing and developing software including development of two security solutions.

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