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2018 User Risk Report

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Date and Time

December 12, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Event Category

Web Conference

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ISSA Thought Leadership Series


Candice Benson


Lisa O'Connell


We surveyed more than 6,000 working adults across the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Australia —about cybersecurity topics and best practices that are fundamental to data and network security. What we found out about the personal habits of these individuals was sometimes heartening, occasionally perplexing, and frequently terrifying—but always enlightening.

We will discuss the 2018 User Risk Report to see how employees shaped up globally and regionally on cybersecurity awareness issues that are impacting organizations worldwide, including:

  • Knowledge of phishing and ransomware
  • Safe use of WiFi, location tracking, and social media
  • Password habits (including password reuse)
  • The types of personal activities (shopping online, playing games, streaming media, etc.) that your organization's devices are being used for by employees and their families and friends


Michael Levin – CEO/Founder, Center for Information Security Awareness

Michael Levin is a nationally known cyber security professional who spent over twenty-two years in the U.S. Secret Service protecting Presidents and Heads of State. Michael retired from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division in Washington DC. He enjoyed a distinguished thirty-year career in public service and law enforcement. Michael also served as the Branch Chief of the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force program in Washington DC, supervising 17 task forces across the country. He worked in the area of computer forensics and cyber-crime investigations for over twenty years. Other assignments included numerous Presidential, Vice Presidential and dignitary protective assignments as well as working at the CIA and NSA as the Secret Service Intelligence Liaison Officer. After this distinguished career and seeing the need, Michael founded the Center for Information Security Awareness – www.CFISA.com. The CFISA was created to explore ways to increase cyber security awareness among many audiences, including consumers, employees, businesses and law enforcement. CFISA provides online and on-site cyber security awareness training services to businesses and organizations of all sizes. His passion for securing the nation's critical infrastructure has led to his tireless efforts to make cyber security awareness training best practices interesting, meaningful and relevant at home and at work.

See Michael Levin‘s full profile.


Gretel Egan – Security Awareness and Training Strategist, Proofpoint

Gretel Egan is a senior security awareness training strategist for Proofpoint, a leading provider of cybersecurity services and solutions. She is a Certified Security Awareness Practitioner (CSAP) and has been working in technical, business, and consumer communications for more than 25 years. Gretel has extensive experience in researching and developing cybersecurity education content for Fortune 1000 companies and was previously named one of “10 Security Bloggers to Follow” by IDG Enterprise.

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Kelly Robertson – CEO, SEC Consult America

Kelly Robertson, CISSP, has been an information security practitioner for more than 25 years and is a member of the Silicon Valley chapter of ISSA.
Kelly is currently CEO of SEC Consult America, a full-service information security consultancy based in Santa Cruz, California.

Mr. Robertson is an evangelist for cybersecurity awareness, presenting frequently to audiences and corporate organizations. He develops training and education programs for practical risk awareness to benefit people both personally and professionally. Kelly is committed to the enablement of the civil rights for digital citizens to include information security and data privacy.

See Kelly Robertson‘s full profile.

Richard Bird – Chief Customer Information Officer, Ping Identity

Richard Bird is the chief customer information officer for Ping Identity. He has spent more than 20 years in corporate business, technology and roles within multiple industries. His diverse background includes serving as the CIO for one of the world's largest hedge fund administrators to being the CISO for a high-tech Swiss analytic device company. Richard's combination of IT operations and security have afforded him the opportunity to be recognized as an expert in identity-centric security, along with many other security domains such as threat and vulnerability management, as well as data and cloud security. An author and frequent speaker on a broad range of cybersecurity topics, Richard is widely recognized as an identity evangelist.

See Richard Bird‘s full profile.

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