Cybersecurity Awareness Conference

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Randolph, MA 02368

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Businesses will learn about cyber risks and attacks. Mitigate risks with policies and training. Create a security savvy workforce!

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You need to attend if you do business on the Internet, a computer or a smart phone! Morning refreshments and lunch included!

About National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and private industry to ensure that all Americans have access to the resources needed to stay safe and secure, while protecting their digital information.

Keynote Speakers:

Ron Ford CISM MSIA from the Department of Homeland Security

  • Topic: CISA and Cyber Resilience.
  • The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) serves as the Nation’s Risk Advisor. This presentation focus on the role CISA plays in risk management, the lead federal agency in cybersecurity, the current threat landscape (latest threats) and how the agency is helping to reduce risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Andrew Sellars, Director of the BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic

  • Topic: The Legal Need for Good Cybersecurity: What’s Required, What’s Coming, and What’s a Good Idea!
  • There is no one law that mandates what level of security companies should adopt when protecting customer and user information, but security obligations appear across nearly every industry, at times with varying substantive obligations. Additionally, a growing body of domestic and international law outside of Massachusetts may serve as a signal for what companies in the Commonwealth will need to implement in the future. In this talk Andy will review the current legal landscape of cybersecurity, what these laws require, and what companies should adopt today to limit their overall risk and anticipate future regulation.

By the end of the conference, attendees will have a greater understanding of:

  • Current cyber-landscape risk and threats to IT infrastructure, data, finances etc.
  • Regulations, as well as cybersecurity's role and responsibilities in the workplace.
  • Examples of cyber-attacks and tactics (e.g. phishing, social engineering, malware, ransomware etc.)
  • How to mitigate risk (e.g. policies, processes, incident response plans, training, hardware, software, services etc.)
  • How to foster a culture that values and stresses data security and privacy.

Additional Presenters:

  • Christopher Kimball, MIS Alliance: Serious I.T. security for today's businesses.
  • For decades I.T. personnel have been tasked with delivering stable networks and systems while providing end-user support. The Cybersecurity threat landscape becomes more complex each year, making it harder for I.T. personnel to identify new risks and vulnerabilities to continuously protect their Infrastructure and data. The biggest obstacles in maintaining a quality in-house Cybersecurity program are costs and I.T. team capacity. Oftentimes, the I.T. team’s expertise or disciplines are not in Cybersecurity, but it’s tacked onto their responsibilities. The number of ‘bad actors’ employing sophisticated threats increases every day. It’s difficult to keep up with the knowledge, organizational ability, tools, resources and available technologies to stay current with today’s threats and tomorrow’s zero days. MIS Alliance will present how we manage the requirements of providing Cybersecurity Services, how we developed a Cybersecurity Program and how we Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover your information!
  • Wayne Wilkening, SonicWALL: Plan for security as you move to the cloud.
  • Organizations are adopting cloud solutions include hosted email, document sharing and collaboration, and hosted infrastructure in AWS or Azure. Concerns around securing data, avoiding new avenues for threats and managing appropriate access remain. SonicWall has delivered new solutions and enhanced others to help organizations of all sizes meet their cloud security needs. In this session, we’ll discuss the state of cloud security and how you can reduce your risk while taking advantage of the benefits of cloud solutions.
  • Jason Pryce, Datto: Your secret weapon in your war against cybercrime.
  • Business downtime is much more common than you may think. Every business faces risk of business interruption everyday, from an employee clicking on something that they shouldn’t have, hardware failure, the list just goes on and on. There are ways to protect your business from this loss of production time and data. We will explore real world examples of downtime, and how you can protect yourself with a true business continuity solution.
  • Herb Weaver, Sophos: Emotet- Nastier than WannaCry and harder to stop.
  • What started off as a Trojan that silently stole banking credentials has evolved into a highly-sophisticated polymorphic platform for distributing other kinds of malware. Emotet is now considered by the US Department of Homeland Security to be amongst the most costly and destructive threats to US businesses right now. With the evolution of such a threat like this detection and protection against it has to evolve as well.
  • Eric Pinto, SOCSoter: Anatomy of a Cybercrime - Threat Intelligence Report 2019.
  • Join our team of compliance & security analysts as they unpack leading cyber tactics, uncover the profit layers behind them, and why they continue to work in 2019. Review leading cyber security concerns as they impact small business environments and the increasing regulatory compliance demands expected in coming years.

Top Threats Facing Businesses

All organizations are subject to cybersecurity threats, resulting in stolen customer data and intellectual property, while causing costly business disruptions. Top threats currently facing businesses include: ransomware and extortion, IoT (Internet of Things) security threats and insider threats. These threats will only continue to expand in size and complexity as businesses grow. A deeper analysis, including statistics of risk and revenue lost, will be shared at the conference.

Shared Responsibilities

The overarching theme of NCSAM asks that every link in the chain — individuals, businesses and governments — each play their role in protecting and securing the internet; including safely securing devices and networks used to access the internet. The STOP. THINK. CONNECT™ campaign was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empower the American public to be safer and more secure.

Meet the Speakers!

Ron Ford, CISM, MSIA, Regional Cybersecurity Advisor - New England

DHS- Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

  • Since 2017, Ron Ford has served as the Cybersecurity Advisor for New England managing major cyber engagements for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this high visibility role, Ron champions cyber resilience to public and private sector partners through a multitude of engagements, education, and cyber risk assessments with the public sector, small, midsize and large-scale private companies.
  • Ron began his career in 2002 in Washington, D.C. working in information assurance, vendor product testing and interoperability for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In 2008, Ron transitioned to DHS to work on cyber supply chain risk management and best practices. Ron worked on key national-level efforts including the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-41) on U.S. Cyber Incident Coordination in 2016 and the National Cyber Incident Response Plan, which was released in January 2017 and codified the roles and coordination efforts between the public and private sectors in cyber incident response.
  • Ron also serves as adjunct faculty at Boston College and Endicott College teaching graduate courses on cybersecurity governance, intelligence and policy. He also serves on many working groups throughout New England.

Andrew Sellars, Director, BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic

Boston University School of Law

  • Andrew Sellars is the director of the Technology Law Clinic (formerly the Technology & Cyberlaw Clinic), a legal service for college and graduate students at MIT and BU. In the clinic, BU Law students counsel clients on laws and regulations that may their research, advocacy, and innovation.
  • Before joining BU, Sellars was the Corydon B. Dunham First Amendment Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. At the Berkman Klein Center, he focused on a variety of legal issues surrounding technology, intellectual property, and civil liberties. His work included defending independent computer security research, advising clients on online free expression and media law matters, helping clients navigate advanced questions in copyright and trademark law, and advocating for greater privacy rights in emerging technologies. Sellars served as the assistant director of Berkman’s Digital Media Law Project, and as a clinical fellow at the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic.
  • Sellars received his JD with high honors from the George Washington University Law School, where he was awarded the Peter D. Rosenberg Award for Patent and Intellectual Property Law and the Jan Jancin Award from the American Intellectual Property Law Association, awarded to the top intellectual property law student in the country. He is also a faculty affiliate at BU’s Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering.

Christopher Kimball, Director of Engineering

MIS Alliance

  • Christopher Kimball is the Director of Engineering at MIS Alliance and has been with the company for nearly a decade. Chris’ career in Information Technology began 15 years ago as a Junior Systems Administrator at the law firm Lustig, Glaser & Wilson, P.C. He was administering their IBM AS400 and was the law firm’s EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) Operator.
  • At MIS Alliance, Chris expanded his expertise in Systems, Network and Security Administration and realized the crucial role security would play in an organizations’ daily operations. Through his work at MIS Alliance, he has seen businesses and institutions aren’t doing enough to keep their I.T. systems safe. This inspired Chris to create a new Managed Cyber-Security Program for MIS Alliance, which will be released in 2019!
  • Several Massachusetts businesses currently utilizes a tailored Managed I.T. Services Program developed by Chris to meet the I.T. needs and objectives for their organizations. Since the development of the Managed I.T. Service Program in 2012, through careful diligence, all clients that were fully enrolled in MIS Alliance’s Managed Services program have avoided a network-wide outage due to a crypto/ransomware infection!

Wayne Wilkening, Sales Engineering Director

SonicWALL

  • He is a 20 year veteran helping customer in the northeast build and secure networks.
  • He lives on the north shore and knows not to drive in downtown Salem in October

Jason Pryce, Solutions Engineer

Datto

  • Jason comes to Datto form GeekSquad where he managed their services and sales teams.
  • Beginning as a Tier 2 technician in Datto’s industry renowned Tech Support Department, Jason had a desire to help partners better understand the technology and be an aid in the sales process.
  • Jason now travels to roadshows and channel industry events as a technical resource for Datto partners

Herb Weaver, Channel Sales Engineer

Sophos

  • Herb Weaver has over twenty years of information technology experience and seven of those years focused on information and network security.
  • In his current role, he focuses on enabling Sophos’ Channel Partners, and assisting their customers to protect themselves against the latest threats leveraging next generation technology and other tools.

Eric Pinto, Senior Director of Channel & Product Strategy

SOCSOTER

  • Eric Pinto has spent the past decade cultivating comprehensive IT solutions and working to better understand the compliance needs of small business. Engagement at this level has allowed for a unique perspective on security as a whole and the impact of increasing compliance demands on environments with limited resources. Specifically, Eric has become well versed in the dynamic and challenging relationship between technology and its users.
  • As Senior Director of Product Strategy for SOCSoter, a US based Managed Security group, Eric Pinto oversees an internal team of security analysts and dedicated account managers. An award winning Managed Detection Response Platform, SOCSoter works to democratize access to security and compliance tools in small business.
  • Eric also contributes actively in his local tech community and the nonprofit space. Elected to CompTIA’s Channel Advisory Board in 2018, he continues to give back. Eric has previously served on the executive council for CompTIA Security helping business owners to better understand the challenges in the road ahead.

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