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Angelbeat Columbia Cloud/Infrastructure and Security/Ransomware Breakfast

Angelbeat CEO Ron Gerber

Monday, December 12, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EST)

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Angelbeat Columbia December 12 Cloud/Infrastructure and Security/Ransomware Breakfast Dec 12, 2016 Free  

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Program Description:
Ransomware attacks are the fastest growing and most dangerous threat facing IT professionals, while Cloud computing is the biggest driver of change in enterprise architecture/network infrastructure planning. To help South Carolina organizations secure their DNS infrastructure and protect confidential data, while simultaneously understanding public, private and hybrid cloud strategies, Angelbeat is partnering with Cisco and VMware, and hosting this technical workshop, on these two highly relevant topics.

Content is pre-approved by Angelbeat and past attendees to maximize learning; click here to download presentation guidelines that are followed by the speaker, which makes the program so worthwhile for IT Directors, Security Analysts, Enterprise Architects, Network & System Administrators, Data Center/Storage/Infrastructure Managers, CISO/CIO's, etc.

Click here to watch an informative video by Angelbeat CEO Ron Gerber on why you should attend.

Every attendee receives a full hot breakfast, complimentary self parking and Wi-Fi, plus 2 CPE credit hours towards your CISSP or other certification. There are drawings for gift cards and other prizes at the end.
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8:00 - 9:00: Registration, Full Hot Breakfast, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations

9:00 - 9:30: How to Block Ransomware and Cyber-Threats, at the DNS Layer, Before, During, After an Attack with Cisco's Advanced Malware Protection + OpenDNS Umbrella
With ransomware and cyber attacks growing at a rapid pace, organizations of all sizes must adopt a layered security strategy, to provide maximum threat protection. In this informative session, you will learn from Cisco's Paul Singleton about defense-in-depth strategies, and the "multiplier" benefit of combining OpenDNS Umbrella with Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) and cloud-based security services, delivered at the DNS layer.

OpenDNS Umbrella delivers security at the DNS layer, creating a first layer of defense in your security stack. Umbrella uses the Internet’s existing infrastructure to keep malware from compromising your systems and to stop botnets or phishing from exfiltrating your data. In seconds, this cloud platform displays your global activity from all locations. Instantly, you can identify targeted attacks by comparing your activity—over any port, protocol, or app to the rest of the world.

Cisco AMP provides global threat intelligence, advanced sandboxing, and real-time malware blocking to prevent breaches. But because you can’t rely on prevention alone, AMP continuously analyzes file activity across your extended network, so you can quickly detect, contain, and remove advanced malware.

The combination of the two products gives organizations a highly robust solution to detect and block malicious domains and files, for maximum threat protection.

9:30 - 10:30: VMware's Networking and Security NSX Platform, for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)
VMware NSX is the Network Virtualization and Security Platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.

As organizations go down this path towards a completely Software Defined Enterprise (SDE), Randy Pope of VMware, will discuss these main components/features/benefits of NSX:

Agility and Streamlined Operations, plus DevOps:
As with server virtualization, NSX network virtualization treats your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with services attached to workloads using a policy-driven approach. Some specific benefits are:
- Reduce the time to provision multi-tier networking and security services to minutes, by creating virtual networks, with each network customized for supported workloads and isolated from other virtual networks.
- Leverage a new operational approach to networking as you programmatically create, provision, snapshot, delete and restore complex software-based networks.
- Develop, test and deploy new applications faster - DevOps functionality - by aligning network, security, compute and storage provisioning.

Security and Micro-Segmentation:
NSX micro-segmentation provides these security benefits/functionality:
- Isolation, with no communication across unrelated networks
- Segmentation, offering controlled communication within a network
- Fine-grained policies, enabling firewall controls at the level of the virtual NIC.
- Automation, as policies are automatically applied when a virtual machine spins up, moved during migration and then removed after deprovisioning, eliminating the problem of stale firewall rules.
- Integration with leading third party products through security tags.

Platform for Advanced Networking
Change in traditional networks can be slow and error-prone, making them poorly suited to fluctuating data center demands. By contrast, virtual NSX networks can be configured dynamically and automatically, with new services - virtual or physical - added as needed. Manual reconfiguration of physical network devices is eliminated, plus you can build advanced workflows to automate provisioning of networking and security, including switching, routing, firewalling, and load balancing.

End of Presentations, Raffle Prize Drawing for gift cards and other great items!


What are Angelbeat's privacy and optin/optout policies

Each attendee acknowledges/understands that financial support from Angelbeat sponsors allows him/her to attend this event at no cost, and that the sponsors will be given your contact information 2 days after the event for follow-up email and telephone communications. All sponsors are required to provide you with an opt-out option, allowing you to be removed from their database.

However each attendee can opt-out of sponsor follow-up by informing Angelbeat staff at the event, or by emailing Angelbeat immediately after the event, but before Angelbeat releases the attendee list to the event sponsors.

If you have any questions regarding Angelbeat's privacy policies and how your contact information is used, please contact CEO Ron Gerber directly at 516-277-2057 or at

Who is eligible to receive a free pass
There is no charge to attend for an end user IT professional who works in the telecom/IT/networking/security/data center/desktop/purchasing departments of corporations (private and publicly-held, large and small), universities, school districts, government agencies, hospitals, manufacturers, retailers, banks, financial services firms, insurers, real estate/construction/property management, insurance/brokerage agencies, pharmaceutical companies, law/accounting/consulting firms, trucking/transportation/logistic firms, etc. and use, support, purchase and/or are involved in or influence the purchase of products and services offered by our sponsors. If you are a government employee and have limitations/restrictions on your ability to attend free events, then please contact the Angelbeat team by clicking below. For instance, some individuals simply reimburse Angelbeat for the cost of the meals, to avoid any perception of conflict-of-interest.

All free attendees must be pre-approved in advance by Angelbeat and Angelbeat reserves the right to accept or reject a free pass request at its sole discretion. As a general policy Angelbeat does not offer free passes to individuals at companies that are looking to sell their products/services to the end user personnel described above who attend our events at no charge. If you fall in this category and would still like to attend then the fee is $300/person. To sign up please click here, complete the pdf document that appears and fax it back to Angelbeat at 703-783-8015. If you are a non-sponsoring vendor/integrator/consultant and would like to attend but avoid paying this $300 fee, then you must be accompanied by one of your clients who has not previously registered, and is a CIO, CISO or IT Director that meets the end user criteria above. Full-time reporters from major newspapers, websites, television and radio stations can attend as our guest, but again must be approved in advance.

If you do not meet the above criteria and still try to register, then you will receive an automatic reply/confirmation from Eventbrite. However you will shortly receive another email from Angelbeat, rejecting and cancelling your registration.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event
Detailed driving directions will be sent out to all attendees one week before the event. There is complimentary self parking.

What is the dress code
Suggested dress is business casual.

What if you have special dietary needs/restrictions
If you have special dietary needs/restrictions, then please email Angelbeat below. We will do our best to accommodate any and all requests.

Have questions about Angelbeat Columbia Cloud/Infrastructure and Security/Ransomware Breakfast? Contact Angelbeat CEO Ron Gerber

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Embassy Suites Greystone Hotel
200 Stoneridge Drive
Columbia, SC 29210

Monday, December 12, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EST)

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Angelbeat CEO Ron Gerber

Ronald J. Gerber is the CEO of Angelbeat, Founder of Gerber & Company, and serves on the Board of Directors and is a former President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. To get the latest updates via social media on Gerber and Angelbeat (common hashtag #angelbeat), click here for Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram, plus read Gerber's widely-respected blog at

Angelbeat is the largest technology event company in North America, based on its 100+ city 2016 geographic coverage, and has held over 1,000 seminars since its founding in 1999. These forums bring together tens of thousands of IT professionals with global technology leaders from Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Citrix, Amazon, Google, HP, Dell, Juniper and many others. Content is updated annually and focus on the related areas of security/compliance, cloud/virtualization/sdn, storage/backup/infrastructure/data center, network/wireless/mobility/voip and big data/hadoop/Internet-of-Things. To complement their participation in live programs, IT vendors use Angelbeat's 350K contact database for webinar promotions, email blasts and online/social media campaigns.

Through these activities Mr. Gerber has an unmatched level of knowledge, contacts and credibility among both technology vendors and their CTO/CIO customer base. Based on his industry reputation, he was selected to write six supplements on the mobility and security topics for the New York Times. Further details are available at

Before starting Angelbeat, Mr. Gerber founded and managed Gerber & Company (“GC”), a specialized event firm holding sponsor-funded training in non-IT fields. GC held seminars for government inspectors on new building codes that were supported by construction firms, for example.

Mr. Gerber served as an M&A/restructuring consultant to $4 billion Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), leading to a spin-off of its Authentec biometric fingerprint unit (purchased by Apple in 2012), Terion wireless two-way dispatch system for fleet management, and Intersil semiconductor operations specializing in Wi-Fi 802.11 chipsets. For $2 billion Systemax (NYSE:SYX), Gerber negotiated and implemented their ISP partnership with MSN, auction alliance with Amazon and on-line financial services tie with

From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Gerber worked for Honeywell, holding senior management positions including Vice President of Marketing, Vendor Relationships and Purchasing for its $1.2 billion ADI distribution subsidiary and Vice President, Business Development for its Ademco security manufacturing subsidiary. He launched their website, coordinated biometric initiatives such as incorporating voice recognition technology in alarm equipment, expanded sales of wireless alarm systems using low-cost, high-reliability and low-data-content transceivers, created new marketing programs for its Alarmnet wireless/cellular alarm monitoring network, developed an OEM spread spectrum product for high-reliability, low cost and low data content applications, advised its Cylink affiliate on new markets for its encryption technology and divestiture of its high data content wireless transmission business unit and structured an innovative home networking joint venture with Microsoft, Comcast and PG&E.

From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Gerber worked for the AVX Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:AVX). Gerber was in charge of and led a successful turnaround of its $400M Surface Mount Manufacturing Division, reversing a (10%) loss to 9% profitability in just two years while growing sales by 30%. Key customers included the world’s leading telecommunication firms such as Lucent, Nortel, IBM, Motorola, etc. Many of its products were used for military and NASA/satellite applications. He has also worked for Accenture.

Mr. Gerber received a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as Director of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and previously served as President of the Harvard Business School Club of New York.

He can be reached at or 516-277-2057 . He is married to Andrea and they have four children, Lamarcus, Harry, Amanda and Sydney, plus their dog Scout, an Australian Shepherd. The Gerber’s reside in Long Island, New York.

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