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Daily Wrap: ISSA International Conference: Embracing a Changing World

Posted By George Hulme, Friday, October 26, 2012

Yesterday proved a very successful day at the conference. If you’re not doing so already, please considering following (and contributing) the happenings of the conference on Twitter with the hashtag #ISSAConf. You’ll get more out of the show, and hopefully help others to do the same by sharing your thoughts. 


The day kicked off with a keynote from John F. Koster, president and CEO at Providence Health & Services who detailed the importance of healthcare data sharing, and the critical role security plays in making such data sharing possible. You can read more about his keynote, The Data-Driven Collaborative Enterprise - A CEO’s Perspective in our post here.


That address was followed up by Ross Koppel’s talk, Human Creativity: Workarounds as Enablers and Inhibiters of Security. In his talk, we heard about how users are often forced to make risky decisions because of poorly designed systems. These "workarounds” can be both blessings and curses for the enterprise. Read more about his presentation, here.


In other sessions, Jay Leek, CISO Blackstone Group, informed attendees how to take their US-centric risk and security management programs global. That’s no easy task considering the international mishmash of laws, regulations, and cultures. In his talk, Christofer Hoff, chief security architect, Juniper Networks made it clear that despite technological advancements such as cloud and virtualization, and operational improvements in DevOps - much of what is holding the industry back when it comes to security comes down to our own behavior, culture, organizational structures, and operational models.


Attendees also devoured a wealth of presentations that covered the latest attack threats, trends in career advancement, mobile security, and lessons learned from complex malware such as Stuxnet. 


At the International Awards Reception influencers and leaders in security and ISSA were honored for the dedication of their expertise, effectiveness, and their role in the advancement of the security profession. Congratulations to those recognized this year:


Hall of Fame

Erik G. Mettala ,Michael Peters, and Wietse Z. Venema


Honor Roll

Joanne Ashland, Deb Peinert, and Javier Torner


Security Professional of the Year

Eric Cowperthwaite


Volunteers of the Year

Richard Mosher

Roberto Puyó Valladares


President’s Award for Public Service

Symantec Stuxnet Team

Liam O’Murchu, Eric Chien, Nicolas Falliere


Chapters of the Year

Lima, Perú, Fewer than 100 Members Sacramento Valley, 100-200 Members United Kingdom, More than 200 Members


Organization of the Year

California State University, San Bernardino

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