This comprehensive seminar covers the increasingly related topics of security/compliance, storage/backup, private/public/hybrid cloud and Windows 10. There are expert speakers from Microsoft, Google and many more technology leaders - scroll down to see the fantastic agenda and click on links to see speakers' biographies - who deliver concise, technical, educational and complementary talks.
Content is pre-approved by Angelbeat and past attendees to maximize learning; click here to download presentation guidelines that are followed by all speakers, 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. For those who prefer a downtown location, there will be an identical event at the Willis Tower this spring; go to www.angelbeat.com for updates later this year.
As one Walmart attendee states, "Of all the seminars I attend, your format is by far the best. Brief informative talks from vendors, followed by one-on-one time at their booth to find out more. I am out of the office for less than a day yet I have access to all the different solutions. This year I will follow up with two vendors." As another IT Director commented, "Thanks for hosting a very informative meeting with vendors that tied in well; it was an integrated picture of technologies that work together to create a complete infrastructure solution for the workplace."
Every attendee receives meals including a full hot lunch (click here to see the delicious menu), complimentary self-parking and Wi-Fi, plus 4 CPE credit hours towards your CISSP or other certification. There are drawings for gift cards and other prizes at the end.
Join your peers from Abbott, Accenture, Aon, Bosch, Discover Financial, Exelon, Sears, Allstate, Grainger, United Airlines, Walgreens, Fellowes, Rewards Network, Insurance Auto Auctions, Mitsubishi Motors, Perfect Plastic, Elmhurst University, North Central College, North Park University, Judson University, Optum, Loretto Hospital, Sinai Health, American Society of Anesthesiologists and many more organizations who are confirmed attendees.
7:30 - 8:40: Registration, Breakfast, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations
8:40 - 9:00: Top Five Tips for Educating Employees about Cybersecurity with Kaspersky
Corporate cybercrime is usually blamed on outsiders, but sometimes employees can represent the biggest threat to your organization’s IT security. In his presentation, Kaspersky’s Mark Villinski will provide practical advice for educating your employees about cybersecurity, covering topics including:
- How to create efficient and effective security policies
- Overview and statistics of the current threat landscape
- The importance of keeping your employees updated about the latest threats and scams
- Security solutions that can help keep your systems updated and protected
Kaspersky is the world's largest privately held, and among the top four security vendors, operating in 200 countries and protecting 400 million users.
9:00 - 9:20: Top Ten Checklist for Securing Your Network with Accelops:
Anthem, Sony, JP Morgan Chase, Target … Seemingly every day, another large and sophisticated company suffers a major security breach. In this era of DevOps, software-defined everything, and the Internet of Things, current security tools are increasingly vulnerable and (as these examples demonstrate) cannot prevent attacks by sophisticated hackers. There is hope however….. During this session featuring Accelops, organizations of all sizes will learn how to prevent data center attacks and improve overall network/infrastructure performance by:
- Cross-correlating security and performance events
- Using synthetic transactions to proactively monitor business services
- Creating baselines using machine learning to automate remediation
- Using auto-remediation to correct known errors
- Mapping hardware and software to your business services
9:20 - 9:40: Protection against DNS-based Attacks Including DDoS from Infoblox
DNS servers are mission-critical infrastructure, and they have to continue to respond to queries even when they are under attack. If your external DNS server goes down, your entire network is shut off from the Internet. In the last year alone, DNS attacks have increased by more than 216 percent and growing. Attackers look for the weakest links in your network, and the Domain Name System (DNS) protocol is easy to exploit. As a result, attacks designed to bring down DNS servers and consume network bandwidth—and to interfere with or shut down critical IT applications such as email, web sites, VoIP, and software as a service (SaaS)—are on the rise. Infoblox will look at these most common attacks and what you can do to provide superior protection to your critical DNS services.
Infoblox (NYSE:BLOX) helps customers control their networks. Its solutions help businesses automate complex network control functions to reduce costs, increase security and maximize uptime. Infoblox technology enables automatic discovery, real-time configuration and change management and compliance for network infrastructure, as well as critical network control functions such as DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management (IPAM) for applications and endpoint devices. Leveraging patented Grid™ technology, Infoblox delivers higher availability, and an authoritative network database for real-time and historical reporting.
As the market leader in Automated Network Control, Infoblox provides services and solutions to over 6,100 enterprises and service providers in 25 countries. Its integrated hardware and software solutions help businesses control data flow on their networks by making them more automated, more available and more secure; giving customers the ability to see what's connected to the network, configure and change what's there, and prevent malware from spreading across the enterprise.
9:40 - 10:00: Unified Identity Services across data center, cloud and mobile with Centrify
Centrify strengthens enterprise security by managing and securing user identities from cyber threats. As organizations expand IT resources and teams beyond their premises, identity is becoming the new security perimeter. With its platform of integrated software and cloud-based services, Centrify uniquely secures and unifies identity for both privileged and end users across today’s hybrid IT world of cloud, mobile and data center. The result is stronger security and compliance, improved business agility and enhanced user productivity through single sign-on. Over 5000 customers, including half of the Fortune 50 and over 80 federal agencies, leverage Centrify to secure their identity management.
10:00 - 10:20: IT Security Trends, Vulnerabilities and Solutions from Synercomm
Every day there is yet another security breach and attack on a major corporation or government entity. Synercomm will help you understand these threats, which are only increasing in today's cloud-based and mobile-centric world, and more importantly provide specific recommendations on staying ahead of the hackers and protecting your confidential data and IT Infrastructure.
10:20 - 10:40: Application Delivery Optimization, from the Cloud or on-Premise, with AVI Networks
Optimal and consistent end-user experience is mission-critical for businesses, regardless of on-premise, cloud-based or hybrid architecture. Successfully delivering applications in this new cloud-mobile centric world requires applying lessons learned from the hyperscale consumer companies - Google, Facebook and Amazon – which is what AVI Networks has done.
Its Application Delivery Platform combines analytics and real-time user metrics for an intelligent/integrated solution, dramatically improving end-user experience and application performance while cutting costs.
Coffee/Refreshment Break, Product Demonstrations, Exhibit Area Open, Peer Interaction
11:40 - 12:00: Software-Defined Storage from Datacore
DataCore is the leading provider of Software-Defined Storage and Adaptive, Parallel I/O Software – harnessing today’s powerful and cost-efficient server platforms to solve the IT industry’s biggest storage problem, the I/O bottleneck. Its comprehensive and flexible storage virtualization and hyper-converged virtual SAN solutions free organizations of all sizes from the pain of labor-intensive storage management and provide customers fliexibility/independence from a dedicated hardware architecture.
12:00 - 12:30 Google Cloud Platform:
The Google Cloud Platform enables organizations of all sizes to build, test and deploy applications on Google’s highly-scalable and reliable infrastructure, choosing from computing, storage and/or application services for your web, mobile and/or backend solutions. Terry Ryan, one of Google's top enterprise strategist, will discuss how and why to use this innovative platform, covering the following items:
Run on Google’s infrastructure: Build on the same infrastructure that allows Google to return billions of search results in milliseconds, serve 6 billion hours of YouTube video per month and provide storage for 425 million Gmail users.
Mix and match services: Virtual machines. Managed platform. Blob storage. Block storage. NoSQL datastore. MySQL database. Big Data analytics. Google Cloud Platform has all the services your application architecture needs.
Performance you can count on: Every millisecond of latency matters. Google’s compute infrastructure gives you consistent CPU, memory and disk performance; its network and edge cache serve responses rapidly to your users across the world.
Focus on your product: Rapidly develop, deploy and iterate your applications without worrying about system administration. Google manages your application, database and storage servers so you don’t have to.
Scale to millions of users: Applications hosted on Cloud Platform can automatically scale up to handle the most demanding Internet-scale workloads and scale down when traffic subsides. You pay only for what you use.
Get the support you need: With our worldwide community of users, partner ecosystem and premium support packages, Google provides a full range of resources to help you get started and grow.
Full Hot Lunch (click here to see the delicious menu), Exhibit Area Open, Peer Networking, Product Demonstrations
Lunchtime Keynote on Cloud Migration by Vision Solutions
Once an organization has decided to adopt private, public and/or hybrid cloud platforms, from Microsoft, Google, Amazon or another provider, they must migrate their hardware, software and data onto these platforms. Vision Solutions can handle this migration, including business critical applications that have stringent service level agreement (SLA) requirements, during normal business hours, with near-zero downtime, across multiple operating systems, on any hardware or storage platform, and in any physical, virtual or cloud-based environment.
Learn how you can leverage Vision's expertise to ease the strain on internal IT resources, avoid downtime and mitigate the risks associated with migrating to the cloud.
1:30 - 2:10: Microsoft: Windows 10 Built-in Cyber Threat Resistance/Protection, Plus Azure Cloud Platform
The number of new malware threats released every day is staggering. These threats are real, malicious and increasingly sophisticated. Traditional threat resistance based on detection has become a losing battle. IT needs a new approach to better protect corporate assets.
Brian Lewis, a top Microsoft desktop/cloud/security evangelist, will first discuss the new security features/capabilties that are designed into Windows 10, plus highlight its new approach to fundamentally secure computing resources. He will demonstrate the ability to authenticate a user with biometrics and hardware-based security, plus how to enroll a device to a domain via cloud, all through Windows 10.
Brian will then discuss Azure, Microsoft's open and flexible cloud platform. Any developer or IT professional can be productive with Azure. Its integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) applications faster, across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters, using skills you already have and technologies you already know. Here are its top features:
- Private/Public/Hybrid Cloud Architecture Support: Some cloud providers make you choose between your datacenter and the cloud. Not Azure, which easily integrates with your existing IT environment through the largest network of secure private connections, hybrid database and storage solutions, and data residency and encryption features - your assets can stay right where you need them. You can even run Azure in your own datacenter with Azure Stack. Azure hybrid cloud solutions give you the best of both worlds: more IT options, less complexity and cost.
- Scalability/Pay-As-You-Go/Grow: Azure’s pay-as-you-go services can quickly scale up or down to match demand, so you only pay for what you use. Per-minute billing and a commitment to match competitor prices for popular infrastructure services like compute, storage and bandwidth mean you’re always getting unbeatable price for performance.
- Security/Compliance/Data Protection: Microsoft recognizes that some organizations are still wary of the cloud. That’s why Microsoft has made an industry-leading commitment to the protection and privacy of your data. Microsoft was the first cloud provider recognized by the European Union’s data protection authorities for its commitment to rigorous EU privacy laws, plus the first to adopt the new international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018. There is Azure Government, a stand-alone version of Azure designed to meet the rigorous compliance requirements of U.S. government agencies.
- Run your apps anywhere: Azure runs on a worldwide network of Microsoft-managed datacenters across 22 regions—more countries and regions than Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud combined. This fast-growing global footprint gives you lots of options for running applications and ensuring great customer performance. Azure is also the first multinational cloud provider in mainland China.
- Big Data/Analytics Support: Azure’s predictive analytics services, including machine learning, cortana analytics and stream analytics, are redefining business intelligence. Make smarter decisions, improve customer service and uncover new business possibilities from your structured, unstructured and streaming Internet of Things data.
End of Event, Raffle Prize Drawings for Gift Cards and other great items!
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