Please join us on April 23, 2021 for “Hacking Distractions: An hour of critical thinking of what we should stop paying attention to in security.”

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For this event, we’re going to look at distractions from two different angles: 

One angle is the volume of security solutions that are being sold to us and all of them vying for our attention. What can we stop paying attention to? What vendor scare tactics can we just ignore?

The second angle is an attack itself. Often attackers will create distractions in one area and like lemmings security professionals run after it. But that attack may truly be designed as a diversion from what is the real attack itself. How do you know and where should you be looking when one of those “sleight of hand” attacks happen?

Joining me for this discussion will be:

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In preparation for our discussion, think about the following:

  • Is security sales a game of distraction? So many sales pitches cite a research study that let you know that X% of attacks are happening through the vector the sales vendor addresses.
  • How does a security team prepare to not get flanked?
  • What can we stop doing now? What’s eating up most of our time that we should stop doing?
  • There are two states: What you currently know and what you can know. Shouldn’t all cyber products help us with one of those?

It all starts at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern. At the end of the hour [11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern] we’ll switch gears into a series of impromptu 1-on-1 five-minute meetings where everyone will be randomly paired. Nothing to prepare, we’ll do the matching.

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  • Best bad ideas get first responses in “Department of YES” or “Beat the Bad Idea”.
  • Other bad ideas featured in “What’s Worse?!” game.
  • The BEST bad idea wins an award and a really awesome CISO Series sweatshirt (repeat winners get a $25 Amazon gift card).

The CISO Series Video Chats are open discussion where all viewers and listeners are welcome to become participants. Before the scheduled event, connect your webcam and microphone (avoid Bluetooth) and test your equipment here. During the discussion, if you have a question or comment, let it be known in the chat room and our producer will do his best to get as many of you into the conversation. We look forward to you joining us.