Connected Security Expo is designed to help security leaders keep pace with IT security trends while helping secure critical data
The session will also explore how to evaluate the privacy risks around IoT deployments
Connected Security Expo @ ISC West, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), will highlight some of the security industry’s leading authorities on physical and cyber security during its two-day educational programme, being held April 6-7, 2016, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Focused on the latest trends in physical and cyber security, Connected Security Expo is designed to help security leaders keep pace with IT security trends while helping secure critical data, people, physical assets and supply chains across a more connected world.

Focusing on technology driven solutions

The conference sessions will appear in two tracks: People and Process, and Technology. The former features sessions on navigating the relationship between information security officers and physical security directors, engaging boards in cyber security discussion and risk evaluation, and building a collaborative framework to address information risk. The latter focuses on technology-driven solutions to address threats within the secure enterprise, reducing time to detect threats and building effective response plans. 

“A conference centered around the convergence of the cyber and physical security worlds is long overdue, as we see new threats appearing every day that make us question data protection levels,” said Jeremy Brecher, Senior Vice President, Technology, and Chief Information Officer, Securitas Electronic Security, Inc. “Today’s innovations and processes are enabling the complete mobilisation of the secure data centre without limiting functionality, but without coupling that capability with complete protection, data can be easily compromised. A dialogue must be had to help today’s IT leaders gain greater knowledge of how to work together to ensure data protection.”

Brecher will lead the panel, “What Does the Internet of Things Really Mean for Enterprise Information Security?” which will discuss the real level of cybersecurity risks that are introduced as enterprises increasingly adopt the Internet of Things (IoT). Speakers will recommend how information should be controlled on the IoT and who should be responsible for that information. The session will also explore how to evaluate the privacy risks around IoT deployments and how organisations can meet privacy and security standards in a more connected world.

Panel topics and keynote speakers

Other panels include, ”The Evolving Relationship Between the CISO and CSO in the Cyber-Physical Age,” “Engaging the Board in Cyber Security,” “Mitigating Cyber Security Attacks on Physical Security Systems,” and “The Command Centre Experience: From Design to IoT,” and many more. 

“Coordination between physical and IT security systems is critical to improving our security posture when organisations are faced with an attack or threat of an attack — whether the attack comes from dedicated hackers, nation states or terrorist groups,” said Herb Kelsey, Chief Architect, Guardtime. “Multiple studies on breaches and attacks on infrastructure show most could be deflected by using simple, well-known security measures. Industry leaders must be able to communicate with multiple departments to identify vulnerabilities and work collaboratively to address these challenges — and this conference is leading the way in launching this discussion.”

Kelsey will serve as the opening keynote speaker, presenting on, “Reducing the Time to Detect Tamper – Physical Security’s Mission Against Cyber Threats.” The presentation addresses the vulnerabilities derived from the IoT, as well as the need for enterprise IT teams to converge to understand when their environments have been tampered with to quickly restore breaches. 

“We have a robust group of educational sessions that address some of today’s most pressing topics related to the protection of assets,” said Ed Several, Senior Vice President and General Manager, ISC Events. “We have recognised the need within the industry to help facilitate the discussion about cyber security threats and strategise ways that these threats can be mitigated before serious problems arise. We hope this conference, and the panels and presentations we’ve selected will create a continued dialogue on these issues.” 

The Connected Security Expo is co-located with ISC West, the largest physical security event in the Americas.

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