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Securing Your Company for Today’s Cyber War: A Three-Pronged Approach to a Comprehensive IT Security Strategy

March 30, 2016 @ 12:00 - 13:00 EDT

In 2015, we continued to see more major cyber attacks than ever before which in turn put pressure on organizations in every industry to have the right measures in place to protect both themselves and their customers. While most organizations already have some sort of security practices in place, many do not have a complete security strategy for end-to-end coverage. In fact, a recent study found 80 percent of CISOs feel they are not properly prepared for today’s cyber war. This talk will detail three critically important aspects to building a complete, end-to-end security strategy. The first, integrate your organization’s operations and security leaders. By doing so, security leaders gain visibility into operation partners, vendors, and practices which allows them to have a complete view of the ecosystem that needs protection. Second, adopt security intelligence/situational awareness processes. Most companies lack the ability to understand where potential threats reside in their infrastructure, which means attacks, can go unnoticed for extended periods of time before they receive a proper response. Third, make your security strategy your own. No security strategy is the same, because every organization has different business critical data and different operations. Each organization needs to take the understanding of their operations and security needs and then apply it to the necessary security steps appropriate for their company.

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Peter Allor
Mr. Peter Allor is the Senior Cyber Security Strategist for IBM Security. He has been instrumental in IBM's strategy and development for securing Critical Infrastructures, Central Government Operations and Certifications. Mr. Allor focuses on developing solutions that integrate the full spectrum of security operations within an organization’s domain in support of business. In his previous role, Peter was managing vulnerability and incident coordination for the IBM X-Force. Prior to IBM acquiring Internet Security Systems (ISS), Mr. Allor was the Special Assistant to the CEO of ISS working National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) problem sets and assisted in forming the Information Technology - Sector Coordinating Council (IT-SCC) where he recently returned to the Executive Committee and is the Treasurer. As the former Operations Center Director, he ran the Information Technology - Information Sharing & Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) operations and brought coordination across the sector ISACs. Mr. Allor is a Member, Board of Director of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) and is the Chief Financial Officer for FIRST. He is a Member, Board of Director representing IBM to the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI). As a former Commissioner for the CSIS Cybersecurity Commission for the 44th Presidency, Peter assisted in developing recommendations for the Public and Private Sectors to work collaboratively on Cyber Security. Peter is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army. He has Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix, a BS in Business Administration from Rollins College and is a Graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College. Allor is a “Certified SCADA Security Architect” working with customers and National governments on better securing industry sectors/critical infrastructures. He has presented on penetration testing of Industrial Control Systems to FIRST; the World Institute for Nuclear Security; and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Allor has spoken at numerous events on security, information sharing and cyber intelligence. In 2005, Peter was presented with IT* Security Magazine’s Individual Innovation Award. He has participated in the US Army Senior Leader Program at West Point, NY on Cyber Security (an invitational event) and other major Defense Department Regional Forums.



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