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Wednesday, July 26 • 11:00 - 11:55
Lightning Talks: Thinking Different

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Beau Woods, Deputy Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative and core contributor to I Am The Calvalry, will host discussions on multidisciplinary approaches to solving some of the most important and complex problems in security today. 

Join him for this session at 11 am and the Red/Blue Q&A session that follows at noon.


Significant Soft Skills - It Takes a Village

Security requires more than just technical solutions. There’s a difference between knowing how to solve a problem and being able to effectively communicate that to someone else whose buy-in is needed to move things forward. Real impact and change require people to agree to an action plan and put processes in place to ensure the right things happen in a coordinated and repeatable manner.

Caroline Wong, VP of Security Strategy at Cobalt, will share key stories from her career where effective communication was critical to getting the job done (including an e-commerce firm’s response to an international security incident and one CISO’s approach to justifying a 15x information security budget for his team). She will also discuss an approach that any security professional can use to easily talk about risk tolerance with a non-security expert.


Healthcare Data Protection Hazards - The Big Picture is Key

Protecting medical data is one of the cyber security industry's top challenges today. Banks and credit card companies now have processes and technology in place to protect customers from financial fraud, but stolen medical records can directly affect someone, potentially for the rest of their life.

Robert Wood, Director of Trust at Nuna, will discuss approaches to identifying and talking about risk effectively; creating stories around various technical and process-related scenarios to communicate what needs to be done to get buy-in for appropriate controls.


Cyber Mutual Assistance – Bringing Mutual Assistance to Electric Utility Operators

Owners and operators of the electric grid in the United States are facing an unprecedented number of physical and cyber security risks. This session will discuss the methods that electric utilities are using to address the wide variety of risks, with special focus on a new program called “Cyber Mutual Assistance”

Based on lessons learned from major destructive cyber incidents overseas, and from exercises in North America, the Cyber Mutual Assistance program was developed. It is an extension of the electric power industry’s longstanding approach of sharing critical personnel and equipment when responding to emergencies.

David Batz, Senior Director of Cyber & Infrastructure Security at Edison Electric Institute, will be providing information about the Cyber Mutual Assistance program, one example of a variety of industry initiatives developed by the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) to provide resilience and restoration capability to entities in the electricity sector.


Stopping a Cyber Hurricane - A Call for Proactive National Cybersecurity

A hurricane and malicious cyber activity are analogous based on their ability to affect our nation’s critical infrastructure, our safety, and our security. But, hurricanes are unpredictable, natural events in a domain no human can control, while significant malicious cyber activity starts in a human’s mind and exists in a domain humans exert some control over. Current US government efforts to counter significant malicious cyber activity are focused on using existing agencies to prepare for and react to these threats.

Steven Luczynski, Deputy Director of Cyber Plans and Operations for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon, will discuss methods for the government and private industry to take a more proactive approach to counter these threats before they can affect our nation. The potential exists to build upon the model used in the fight against drug trafficking to synchronize capabilities across a wide-range of government agency authorities, in conjunction with improved private industry participation. While there are numerous legal and regulatory concerns to address, it will take leadership from all levels, particularly from the bottom up, to initiate the effort required to solve these complex issues.

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David Batz

Director, EEI
With over 20 years of electric company experience, David Batz brings significant industry knowledge in understanding and applying appropriate security solutions to address emerging threats and issues. In addition, Mr. Batz leverages a decade of energy regulatory compliance as well... Read More →
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Steve Luczynski

Board Chairman, The Aerospace Village
I moved into infosec after my career as an AF fighter pilot. Aviation cybersecurity is my primary area of interest, and I volunteer with the Aerospace Village. I've been fortunate to work on infosec issues in the military, private sector, and the Federal government where I have been... Read More →
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Caroline Wong

Chief Strategy Officer, Cobalt
Caroline Wong is the Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt. As CSO, Caroline leads the Security, Community, and People teams at Cobalt. She brings a proven background in communications, cybersecurity, and experience delivering global programs to the role. Caroline’s close and practical... Read More →
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Robert Wood

Chief Security Officer, Simon Data
Robert Wood is a security technologist, strategic advisor, and speaker. He currently leads the security efforts at Simon Data where he is responsible for security, privacy, compliance, and overall risk management. After working as a consultant for many years, Robert made the switch... Read More →

Wednesday July 26, 2017 11:00 - 11:55 PDT
IATC (Siena) 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169