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Putting in place MFA and good access security to protect against ransomware attacks

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Date and Time

December 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Event Category

Web Conference


Candice Benson


Lisa O'Connell


Ransomware attacks targeting enterprises in a variety of sectors have skyrocketed during the first half of 2020. Criminals are taking advantage of our reliance on digital communications and remote working for sinister purposes. As a result, most of the ransomware incidents can be attributed to a limited number of intrusion vectors, with the top three being badly secured remote desktop protocol (RDP) endpoints, email phishing, and the exploitation of zero-day VPN vulnerabilities. Join us in this session to understand how weak credentials and lack of access security exposes your organization to RDP and VPN-based ransomware attacks and hear from Thales experts on how you can protect against them.


Mike Parsons – Principal, BlueTeamAssess

Parsons holds the CISSP, PCIP, IAM, IEM and is HIPAA certified. He is a 6-year veteran of USMC and resides in eastern North Carolina.
Parsons is the principal at BlueTeamAssess LLC and is its Senior Cybersecurity Architect and Mentor. He believes information security has a tactical and strategic value proposition for any organization and must not be viewed as a discretionary expense. His areas of expertise are in information technology, specifically in networking, information security, risk and vulnerability management.

Parsons earned his BA from ECU, his MBA from the University of Maryland and a graduate certificate in Information Security and Privacy from UNC at Charlotte. He is a Senior member of the ISSA and a Platinum member of ISACA.

Parsons installed the first firewall at Wachovia and served as the primary security engineer and architect for Wachovia's first Internet banking and brokerage products. He has spoken before several local organizations on the subject of risk and vulnerability management and topics of current concern in information security. He has led many risk assessment efforts and has developed security standards for technical devices and operating environments in major organizations including government, retail and finance. His passion is helping SMBs address the threats encountered from the Internet and understands the risks they face in their daily operation.
Parsons is a mentor and facilitator for the virtual cybersecurity apprenticeship projects run by IQ4 in conjunction with the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance. Parsons also sits on the advisory board of the Center for Cyber Defense Education at UNC Wilmington and on the Board of Directors for the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

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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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Ochaun Marshall – Developer / Security Consultant, Secure Ideas, LLC - Professionally Evil

Ochaun (pronounced O-shawn) Marshall is a developer and security consultant with a background in computer science education and machine learning. In his roles at Secure Ideas, he works on ongoing development projects utilizing Amazon Web Services and breaks other people's web applications. When he is not swallowing gallons of the DevOps Kool Aid, he can be found blasting Two Steps from Hell while hacking, blogging and coding.

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Stuart Golding – CEO, UKDataSecure

I am proud to be a considered a reputable Senior Leader in the Information Security industry with a proven history of success in pioneering and driving high-level strategies to ensure compliance with multiple standards and regulations (ie. PCI DSS, GDPR) across a range of complex business landscapes.

With over 35 years of industry insight, I support businesses to demystify and comply with data security standards such as PCI DSS, GDPR and Cyber Essentials. I inform corporate strategic direction for protecting sensitive and confidential data, outlining key issues and risks and developing robust Governance structures and practices.

As the Founder and CEO of UKDataSecure, I have been actively involved in governing and managing data governance programmes with multiple UK based merchants for over eleven years.
I establish and maintain strategic partnerships with clients and stakeholders, including many major high street brands, and steer key negotiations to secure multi-million-pound investments, and have mentored and empowered individuals at all levels.

A collaborative presence in the Board room, I have consistently offered constructively challenging advice, ensured accountability to influence Executive leadership and embedded cultures of consensus to unite businesses under a shared vision to improve overall data security governance, risk and compliance efficiencies.

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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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