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Securing a changing world

Posted By George Hulme, Friday, October 19, 2012

Security professionals today are faced with unprecedented change. There’s the disruption cloud brings to operations, applications, and security teams. There’s how "DevOps” is transforming the relationship between security and operations as never before. And there’s the a vast potential of security intelligence to be gleaned from so-called "big data” that may provide more insights than was previously possible. 


This year’s ISSA International Conference, held in Anaheim, California is going to provide security professionals the insight they need to hit these business opportunities and IT security disruptions head on.


The conference will open with John F. Koster’s, MD,  President and CEO, Providence Health & Services keynote on the Data Driven Enterprise - A CEO’s Perspective. The talk will show how Providence embraced data-driven decisions and collaborative methods to spot new innovations and instill them throughout their health care organization - while also enhancing security. This is an area business leaders and security managers alike are grappling with in many industries and geographies around the world.


Later Thursday, Professor Ross Koppel PhD at the University of Pennsylvania will dive into one of the most timeless challenges security professionals face: user workarounds. When systems are built poorly, or people aren’t trained how to use systems properly - and when they’re simply asked to work in ineffective ways - people are going to do what people do: and that’s find a better or more convenient way. Sometimes these workarounds increase risk, and must be addressed, other times end user actions around a system will reveal insights into enhancements business and IT may want to consider adopting. In all cases: they’re something the business and IT should adopt. They’re user workarounds demand your attention. Don’t miss this keynote Human Creativity: Workarounds as Enablers and Inhibiters of Security. 


On Friday, recently retired Cybesecurity Coordinator for the Obama Administration, Howard A. Schmidt will speak about his time at the White House, and how he’s learned to manage, based on his extensive private and public IT security service how to succeed in a world that is constantly changing. Later Friday, Bob Bragdon, publisher of CSO Magazine and CFOworld.com moderates the Embracing Change panel including veteran CISOs Eric Cowperthwaite, CISO, Providence Health & Services; Jack Jones, senior vice president and CISO Huntington Bank; Tammy Moskites, vice president and chief CISO, Time Warner Cable; and Robert Pittman, CISO, County of Los Angeles. The panel will discuss how they successfully manage to keep security relevant in today’s environment of IT upheaval. 


"IT is clearly going through another game change similar to earlier computer revolutions. Cloud computing, social media, BYOD, and big data are all going to be as transformative as mainframes and PCs were transformative,” says Eric Cowperthwaite, co-chair, ISSA Conference Content Committee. "And many security professionals aren’t seeing these as transformative and game changing as they really are. We hope the conference will help to provide them with what they need to know to succeed,” Cowperthwaite says.


And that’s what the conference will exactly be about, with a wealth of sessions on mobile and cloud computing, big data, security awareness, security metrics, and how all of these transformations impact risk and security management. 


And for coverage on the show, please keep an eye out on this space, as we cover the keynotes, a number of sessions, and and other show happenings. You can also follow us on Twitter at @ISSAINTL, and for real-time discussion of the event you can use the hashtag #ISSAConf.


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