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Modern Security with PtaaS: Move Fast and Don’t Break Things

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Date and Time

May 11, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Event Category

Web Conference


Irene Fisher


Lisa O'Connell


An all-too-common belief is that to move fast you must sacrifice security. It’s a dangerous assumption, based on the misguided belief that cyber criminals are focused on larger, “juicier” targets. The Kaseya ransomware attack proved that any organization can be a victim – regardless of size or maturity.

This conversation between Cobalt CSO Caroline Wong, Abrigo Senior Manager of Security Operations Jeremy Herr, and Debbie Christofferson will debunk the myth that security and speed do not mix.

Scaling companies often prize innovation above all else, and bolt security on as an afterthought. Remote work adds further pressure to build a comprehensive security strategy. But how do you build in proactive, preventative measures when you’re strapped for money, talent, and guidance? The fireside chat will discuss:
• Why testing is critical, and automation alone isn’t good enough.
• Which practices really work with today’s modern software development cycles.
• What “security at scale” really means, and practical tips to achieve it.


Debbie Christofferson – CoChair ISSA Women in Security Special Interest Group and Information Security Consultant, Sapphire Security Services LLC

Debbie Christofferson, CISSP, CISM.  25+ years serving the information security field across the US, Europe and Asia in senior security management enterprise roles in large organizations.  CoChair ISSA Women in Security Special Interest Group (WIS SIG) at Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), 10 year former ISSA former Board of Directors, Founder of the local Cloud Security Chapter, and long time contributor to our field.  IT security consultant and principle, published author and experienced speaker and workshop leader.

See Debbie Christofferson‘s full profile.


Caroline Wong – Chief Strategy Officer, Cobalt

I am a strategic leader with strong communications skills, cybersecurity knowledge, and deep experience delivering global programs. My practical information security knowledge stems from broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager, and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga.

I authored the popular textbook Security Metrics: A Beginner's Guide. My writing is also featured in Epic Failures in DevSecOps Vol. 1, CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers, Cybersecurity Career Guide: Who Works in Cybersecurity, How We Got Started, Why We Need You, and IT Security Metrics: A Practical Framework for Measuring Security & Protecting Data.

Vanessa Sauter and I host the Humans of InfoSec Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/humans-of-infosec

See Caroline Wong‘s full profile.

Jeremy Herr – Senior Manager of Security Operations, Abrigo

Jeremy Herr is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) who’s information security career has focused on securing network infrastructure and security operations. As Senior Manager of Security Operations for Abrigo, Jeremy leads a team comprised of data defenders specializing in Cybersecurity and Vulnerability Management, a dedicated Compliance Analyst, and the corporate IT Services team. Together, the Abrigo Security Operations Team is dedicated to data defense, protecting brand equity, securing and supporting the hybrid workforce as well as supporting MRR. Abrigo has a top-down approach to security, with leaders in key areas such as Infrastructure, IT Risk and Security Operations reporting directly to the CISO. Jeremy is a strong believer in the human being a key element to defense-in-depth, celebrating security champions in the organization and focusing on rewarding those that identify and report suspicious activity. Jeremy also strongly believes that the IT Services Desk should be considered a crucial part of the security team—operationalizing the control framework that map to regulatory and information security best practices. Jeremy enjoys mentoring those who aspire to work in information security or IT and believes that cultivating cybersecurity talent from within the organization is key to meeting the ongoing cybersecurity labor shortage. Jeremy is an active member of the ISSA Raleigh-Durham, NC chapter as well as an ISC2 member. Jeremy is a father of twin girls (10), living with his ever-supportive wife and kids near Raleigh, NC.

See Jeremy Herr‘s full profile.

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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