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Daily Wrap: Day Two, ISSA International Conference

Posted By George Hulme, Saturday, October 27, 2012

Friday kicked off with a lively keynote from retired cybersecurity coordinator for the White House, Howard Schmidt. Schmidt told the audience that while there are breaches and setbacks, security professionals are still getting the job done. "Security professionals day after day, not withstanding disruptions, still keep the machine running. We are able to do online banking and shopping most of the time - and it's a direct result of the security professionals at this ISSA Conference. They are the heart and soul and ensure that a level of security will be there,” he said.


Schmidt also talked about the importance of improving public and private information sharing efforts, and meeting the challenges ahead when it comes to nation-state threats. "It's not easy - there are technology, business and trade issues as we make advancements to counter the bad guys,” he said.


Schmidt also discussed the importance of maintaining security in the nation’s IT infrastructure, and upcoming cyber-security legislation.  


Schmidt’s remarks were also covered by the Los Angeles Times in the story Obama order would beef up cyber security, a former aide says and ThreatPost in the blog post IP Theft, Supply Chain Security Major Worries for Government, Former Cybersecurity Czar Says.


In the afternoon, attendees gathered for the Embracing Change panel, moderated by Bob Bragdon, publisher, CSO Magazine and CFOworld.com. Panelists included Eric Cowperthwaite, chief information security officer at Providence Health & Services;
Jack Jones, former senior VP and CISO, Huntington Bank; Tammy Moskites, VP and CISO at Time Warner Cable; and Robert Pittman, CISO at County of Los Angeles. 


The panel discussed how these veteran CISOs manage change and strive to make their organizations more secure, while also competitive. Many of the challenges they discussed included BYOD trends, cloud, and the tight IT security jobs market. 


Other highlights of the day included Breakout Sessions such as Scaling the Cloud by Bill Burns, director, information security at Netflix Inc. Burns detailed how Netflix manages its public cloud efforts despite the immaturity of many security and compliance tools. Later in the afternoon Andy Ellis, CSO at Akamai provided his insights into how security managers can elevate their programs to operate above the IT security poverty line.


The conference agenda wraps up today with the CISO Forum, which runs from 8:00am through 5:00pm Saturday. The CISO Forum Closing reception from 5:00pm through 6:30pm. 

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