December 2021 Chapter Meeting with ISSA

When:  Dec 8, 2021 from 13:00 to 18:00 (MT)
Associated with  Denver Chapter

Annual Holiday Meeting with ISSA!!!

Up to 4 CPE hours will be available

Three topics
1. Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity - Present and Future, presented by Jeff Warren­, BlackBerry
2. The HITRUST CSF Brings Rely-Ability and Efficiency to All Levels of Information Assurance, presented by Blaise Wabo, A-LIGN and Michael Parisi, HITRUST
3. Zero Trust - presented by PK Kellett, Netskope

Sponsored by BlackBerry

1. Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity - Present and Future­
Presented by Jeff Warren, BlackBerry
As the last two years has shown us, the threat landscape is exponentially growing more sophisticated and dangerous. As the threat grows, so must our defenses at avoiding exposure to the latest techniques the attackers are using. Join us in a discussion exploring how data science is being used in modern security defense.
Learning Points/Key Takeaways after attending this presentation:
  1. Data science is not a new concept – how long has it been around and what are some ways in which it is used that you may not have known.
  2. What are 2 concepts of data science used in security today?
  3. What is the future of data science?

2. The HITRUST CSF Brings Rely-Ability and Efficiency to All Levels of Information Assurance
Presented by Blaise Wabo, A-LIGN and Michael Parisi, HITRUST
As we look to provide assurances over our security and privacy program posture to our stakeholders and require assurances from our business partners, we must use and rely upon appropriate assurance mechanisms. Join us on a journey to explore why all assurances are not created equal and what strengths and weaknesses exist relative to the assurance approaches and mechanisms that exist in the market today. We will discuss what assurances need to be provided and how to obtain those assurances in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Learning Points/Key Takeaways after attending this presentation:
  1. Understand what attributes define a transparent, consistent, and reliable level of assurance, and how low, moderate, and high assurance mechanisms can be used
  2. Understand the shortcomings relative to authentication, requesting, sharing, and consuming assurances in today’s world
  3. Learn about the most common challenges in standing up and operating a TPRM program and how to address those challenges in the most efficient and effective way by requesting appropriate assurance mechanisms

3. Zero Trust
Presented by Sr Sales Engineer, Netskope
Get started with a Zero Trust based program, by examining and creating future based business enablement, resulting in reduced technological complexity and an increased security posture.

Learning Points/Key Takeaways after attending this presentation:

  1. Understand what Zero Trust means
  2. How to start your own Zero Trust program.
  3. Enhance your organizations security posture.

Speaker Bios:

Jeff Warren

Sr. Sales Engineering Manager


Jeff has been in the IT Security field for over 20 years. He brings broad experience from both sides of the industry as a consumer working in a variety of industries to the vendor of several recognized names in security products. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics. As a consumer in the enterprise space, he implemented and managed many products and programs that covered both compliance and security.

Jeff is well versed in a number of the latest technologies and techniques used in the Endpoint security vertical. He is also well qualified to speak on topics ranging from advanced protection, compromise assessment and services including incident response.

Jeff currently leads a team of sales engineers covering 4 regions at BlackBerry.

Blaise Wabo
Healthcare and Financial Services Knowledge Leader

Blaise is the Healthcare and Financial Services Knowledge Leader at A-LIGN and has over 12 years of experience in Security Compliance and Risk Management. He joined A-LIGN in 2013 and started the HITRUST/HIPAA and Healthcare Services practice in 2015. Having a very unique background as a CPA, CISA and CCSK, Blaise has performed over 500 SOC attestation reviews and over 300 HITRUST/HIPAA assessments for Global 1000 and Fortune 500 clients in various industries.
Blaise is also a sought-after speaker and has delivered several speaking engagements at well-renowned conferences such as HIMSS, HITRUST and ISACA. Blaise has also written dozens of blogs and whitepapers on the topics of Security Compliance, Telemedicine, Blockchain technology and Third-Party Risk Management.

Prior to joining A-LIGN, Blaise was a Senior Consultant at Century Payments, Inc., and an Advisory Associate at KPMG.

Michael Parisi
Vice President of Adoption

Michael Parisi has led over 500 controls-related engagements primarily in the healthcare and financial services industries. He has extensive experience with third-party assurance reporting including HITRUST readiness, HITRUST certification, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, Agreed Upon Procedure and customized AT-101 engagements. He also has several years’ experience implementing large Oracle ERP systems specializing in the General Ledger and Governance Risk and Compliance modules. He has extensive knowledge of financial reporting and regulatory standards through his external audit and consulting experience, including Sarbanes Oxley, HIPAA, NIST, CMS and state specific standards. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from Quinnipiac University. He is an active member of ISACA and IAPP.

PK Kellett
Sr Sales Engineer

Paul "PK" Kellett is a Senior Sales Engineer at Netskope. A self described "Perpetual Entrepreneur", PK is approaching two decades as a Principal Engineer and Network Architect, and most recently, CEO of Dronexlabs. Among his interests, PK holds a license with the US Parachute Association and also volunteers as a mentor at the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business.



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Denver, CO 80230
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