Outgunned, Underfunded, Underappreciated: Cyberdefense for the Rest of Us

Monday, May 7
3:20 PM - 4:05 PM
Location: Salon B/C

Cyberattack victims include some of the largest, best-funded, most security-savvy enterprises on Earth. So how can the rest of us possibly protect ourselves? This talk will describe the unique cyber challenges faced by Small and Medium Businesses, State/Local governments, NGOs, and the like. Low-or-no budgets, few security professionals, limited training, increasing customer demands for electronic services, overwhelming regulatory or compliance demands, and rapid leadership turnover – these are just a way of life for many of us in cyberspace. We will highlight common challenges and root cause issues and identify a specific set of success stories and resources for such organizations to improve their defenses despite such daunting constraints. We’ll touch on technology solutions, low/no cost approaches, and the role of security frameworks (like the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and the CIS Critical Security Controls).

Tony Sager

Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist
The Center for Internet Security (CIS)

Tony Sager is a Senior VP and Chief Evangelist for the Center for Internet Security. He leads the development of the CIS Critical Security Controls, a worldwide consensus project to find and support technical best practices in cybersecurity. Sager also serves as the Director of the SANS Innovation Center, a subsidiary of the SANS Institute. Sager retired from the National Security Agency (NSA) after 34 years as an information assurance professional. He started his career in the Communications Security (COMSEC) Intern Program, and worked as a mathematical cryptographer and a software vulnerability analyst. In 2001, Sager led the release of NSA security guidance to the public. He also expanded NSA’s role in the development of open standards for security.

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