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Leveraging an identity-centric Zero Trust model to plan your IAM strategy

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Date and Time

September 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Event Category

Web Conference


Candice Benson

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The need to enable mass work from home has left many organizations looking for new approaches to IAM. Now is the time to assess how identity-centric Zero Trust models offer an effective strategic framework for transforming security schemes, and facilitating our users’ need for anywhere, anytime access to cloud applications and services.
During this session we’ll discuss:

• Limitations of existing perimeter security models
• The Zero Trust alternative:
• Benefits of Zero Trust
• How zero trust concepts can address the fast moving needs related to COVID, and the new ‘work from home’ normal
• The advantages of identity-centric zero trust for modernizing IAM schemes


Robert Martin – Sr. Security Engineer, Cisco Systems Inc.

Robert Martin is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional with over thirteen years of experience in information security. He holds a Master of Science in Network Technology with a concentration in Information Security. He also holds a Cyber Security Masters Certification. He is a Sr. Security Engineer for Cisco Systems, Inc. in RTP, NC. Robert specializes in areas such as risk management, regulatory compliance, security solutions architecture, security audits, vulnerability assessments, and penetration testing. From 2012-2015, Robert served as President of the Raleigh Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association. During that time, the chapter membership grew at a rate of 125%. Currently, Robert serves on the Raleigh ISSA Board as the Sponsorships Director. Robert is committed to serving the community through outreach by expanding the chapter’s mission to students and military. He has held several other IT Security Advisory Board positions over the years with a focus to bring about awareness of information security threats in an ever-changing global IT Security economy.

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Asaf Lerner – Director of IAM Solutions, AMER, Thales

Asaf Lerner brings with him over 20 years of swimming in the high IAM seas, serving in different positions in the industry, from R&D management to PKI and Authentication Product Management and various market-facing roles. Located in Austin, TX, Asaf is in charge of the IAM solutions market for the Americas at Thales Cloud Protection & Licensing (formerly Gemalto/SafeNet). Under his responsibility is creating market awareness of Thales’s IAM solutions, enhancing market partnerships, and creating healthy channel workstreams. He likes long-distance running and thinks he’s good at Ping Pong.

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Spencer Wilcox – Executive Director of Technology and Chief Security Officer, PNM Resources

Spencer Wilcox is Executive Director of Technology and Chief Security Officer for PNM Resources, a utility holding company with  operations in both New Mexico and Texas.  In this capacity Spencer is responsible for the architecture and operations of cyber and physical security, telecommunications, and infrastructure and end-user computing for IT and ICS/SCADA.  Spencer has previously led the strategy and business operations of the organization including cyber and physical security risk, intelligence, business continuity, governance, awareness, projects, portfolio and physical and cyber strategy. After leaving law enforcement, Spencer started his career in energy as a forensic analyst in Constellation Energy Group in 2004, and has progressed in a variety of positions, always specializing in the last line of his job description, “Other duties as assigned.”


Spencer holds certifications in cyber and physical security from (ISC)2, ISACA, and ASIS. He has previously served on the boards of the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc., and the Fort Meade Alliance, and the Virginia Crime Prevention Association in addition to serving as a speaker on cybersecurity, telecommunications security, and crime prevention in many venues.

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ISSA Webinars and Conference series cover all the continuing education credits to maintain your cyber security certifications. (CPEs, CEUs, ECE, etc). Each hour is equal to one continuing education credit. Certificates of completion are available upon request after completion. For instructions, click here.

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