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ASK THE EXPERTS: Cybersecurity for Start-ups and Small Businesses

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Cybersecurity Panel: Ask the Experts & Meet Your Peers

Suggested for small business and start-ups.

The first part of the evening will be a panel of experienced cybersecurity experts discussing general cybersecurity concerns and strategies for start-ups and small businesses. The second part consists of breakout sessions where attendees discuss their actual problems with their peers and the panelists.

We plan to cover a wide range of topics, which may include: email best practices, ransomware, NIST CSF, working with the government and NIST 800-171, cloud security, local GDPR considerations, two factor options, Office 365 best practices, etc. Both the networking sessions and breakout sessions should be an excellent way for those tasked with providing information security at very small firms to create a network of peers. This network could help improve cybersecurity at resource challenged firms by improved access to knowledge about what works and what doesn’t.

Moderator: Nirali Chawla

Nirali Chawla is a director in KPMG’s Federal Advisory practice with more than 18 years of experience providing a wide range of services to private and public sector clients including financial and information technology audit services, information assurance and security services, and establishing entity-wide internal audit and security programs. Nirali has substantial experience in security control/risk assessments (includes information systems security reviews), security policy assessments/development, threat and vulnerability assessment efforts, insider threat/social engineering assessments, and implementation of role-based access control across enterprise and cloud environments. Ms. Chawla’s experiences have entailed improvement in business processes and internal controls, with a focus on assisting clients in complying with laws, standards, and guidelines.Panelists

Dan Cybulski, CTO at Cognitio Corp

Dan Cybulski is recognized as a proven technologist, leader, and decision maker. As the CTO at Cognitio Dan leads all aspects of both the organizations internal IT and cyber security posture, as well as the technical aspects of all customer engagements. At Cognitio Dan helps clients assess and improve their cyber security posture, including leading engineering and remediation efforts, and designing and building secure cloud architectures. Prior to joining Cognitio, Dan spent over 10 years supporting the High Performance Computing (HPC) mission at the CIA, including serving as both an engineering lead and chief architect. In this capacity, Dan developed broad-based experience and hands-on technical skills supporting every aspect of this unique HPC infrastructure.

Dan’s experience includes building, deploying, securing, and supporting operational technical infrastructure including complex heterogeneous High-Performance Computing grid systems, high performance networks, and multi-petabyte storage subsystems. This includes leading the Agency’s first network-level security accreditation. Finally, Dan is recognized for his broad understanding of computing hardware and software including the evaluation of leading edge technology against known and anticipated requirements.

Neil Kittleson, CEO at NKrypt

Neil Kittleson ‘s 20+ years spent as a Naval officer, consultant, and a Senior Executive in the Intelligence community, taught Neil that collaboration ignites passion and solutions. Here at NKrypt, Neil melds what he has learned from talented startups, large corporations and the best that government has to offer, to put this passion into place and forge solutions with today’s most important disruptive technologies. Neil loves technology and is continually inspired by the next best thing but Neil also has an acute understanding of the real threat to the nation’s financial sector, critical infrastructure, and government services.

Ajay Chandhok, CEO at Stratus Cyber

Ajay Chandhok is an experienced Cybersecurity professional and Co-Founder of Ledgerops. He has over 10 years of technical experience starting in the defense industry as a Cyber Threat Hunter and Analyst. He has since worked as a Software Developer, Security Analytic Developer, Security Assessor, and Penetration Tester in both the federal contracting and commercial spaces. He has combined his expertise in security with his passion for Blockchain and helps leading blockchain companies stay secure. During his free time, Ajay enjoys playing basketball, lifting weights, and snowboarding around the globe.

Mark Johnston, Senior Risk Manager Director at Watkins Consulting

Mark Johnston has been the IT and security resource at a small government contractor for eight years. Additionally, for the last seven years Mark has been leading their cybersecurity efforts. Using an incremental process Mark has helped to reduce Watkins’ risk exposure by identifying risks and then engaging the management team to mitigate those risks in a cost effective manner. To this end, Mark has created cybersecurity policies, documentation, staff education, and assessments that include the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, CSF, and NIST 800-171—protecting controlled unclassified information in nonfederal systems and organizations.

Mark is a proponent of the NIST CSF and so Watkins provides an easy-to-use, free Excel workbook that includes all the 800-53 risk controls and a rudimentary risk register. Although Mark is a rocket scientist, he believes that the foundation of good cybersecurity is not rocket science, but simply good risk management.

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Breakout sessions will be covered by Chatham House Rules, where participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. Attendees are encouraged to submit non-identifying questions when they sign up for the event. These will help focus the breakout sessions.

We will be serving pizza and soft drinks, but no alcohol at this event. Parking details coming soon.


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