Future Tech and Practical Proactivity Will Headline ISACA’s CSX North America 2018

Automated Processes, Global Cybersecurity Implications Among the Highlights for Business Technology and Cyber Professionals

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--()--Technologies that enable organizations to automate their cybersecurity programs and transition to more proactive approaches will be the focus of ISACA’s CSX 2018 North America conference, drawing cybersecurity and information security professionals on 15-17 October 2018 to The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Sessions featuring a range of topics, including technical skills; cybersecurity strategy; and career development; are planned for CSX North America. Attendees will learn of the latest insights into the technological developments reshaping the world of information systems and cybersecurity, such as using blockchain in IT risk management and securing the cloud. The conference agenda also will include sessions on automating processes with cognitive technologies, such as machine learning, robotics and identity access management.

This year’s event will offer five educational pathways:

  • Cybersecurity Leadership and Development
  • Emerging Security Tools and Techniques
  • Security Risk and Compliance
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence and Technologies
  • Security Governance

Moving from a reactive to a proactive stance to fight cyberattacks is a key element of an effective cyber strategy; ISACA State of Cybersecurity 2018 research found that active defense strategies are highly effective, but underutilized. Sessions dedicated to proactive cybersecurity programs are a highlight of CSX 2018 North America. Ben Smith, RSA field chief technology officer, will present “The Five Ps of Breach Response,” and Roger O'Farril, information security team lead at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will present “Threat Hunting Primer: Moving from a Reactive to a Proactive Mindset.”

CSX 2018 North America’s keynote speakers will share expert insights into not only the cybersecurity responsibilities faced by businesses, but also the cyber challenges faced by political and military institutions around the world, and how these challenges impact tech users and citizens.

Laura Galante, a cyber and information operations analyst, will present “Cybersecurity in the Age of Connectivity: A Practical Guide to Protecting What’s Most Important.” Galante analyzes how militaries, intelligence services, criminal groups and individuals actively pursue their interests in cyberspace with far fewer restraints than in the physical world; she will provide insights into how organizations can protect themselves from information warfare.

Award-winning journalist Kevin Poulsen, contributing editor at WIRED magazine and The Daily Beast, will discuss “Cybercrime’s Industrial Evolution,” in which he will explore how, in a few short years, hacking transformed from a hobby for curious computer aficionados and teenagers to a vast underground industry rooted in organized crime and global intelligence efforts.

Additionally, P.W. Singer, Ph.D., futurist, strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, will present “NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security and Threats,” discussing emerging trends that shape technology and change how we live.

Attendees can also plan to attend pre-conference workshops, which will include four two-day workshops (Cybersecurity Fundamentals, COBIT 5 for NIST, Hands-on Technical Cybersecurity Training, and CSXP Lab Bonanza) and two one-day workshops (CSX Packet Analysis Course and Develop an Effective Security Roadmap and Program). Attendees of CSX 2018 North America can earn up to 32 continuing professional education (CPE) hours.

The conference also will offer a special plenary panel on the impact of a strong cybersecurity culture—and the significant gap between desired culture and actual culture at most organizations—driven by ISACA research that will be released at the conference. In addition, ISACA’s SheLeadsTech program will offer events and speakers throughout the conference.

Additionally, ISACA will highlight developments related to its CSX Training Platform, which offers cybersecurity practitioners, managers and those looking to hire cybersecurity talent an easily accessible, regularly updated hands-on educational and testing environment. Also in this year’s programming is the Master Class “Cybersecurity Nexus Cyber Hunt,” where 50 attendees can compete in responding to a multipronged attack while concurrently conducting a penetration test against diverse asset sets. Participants will leverage capabilities from all cybersecurity domains – Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover – to win.

ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) offers resources to help cybersecurity professionals at every level of their careers build the skills and knowledge that organizations are seeking. For additional information on CSX guidance, research tools or certificates, visit: https://cybersecurity.isaca.org.

For more information and to register for the CSX 2018 North America Conference, visit: http://www.isaca.org/csx-na. Attendees can join the conversation by using #CSXNA.


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Kristen Kessinger, +1.847.660.5512


Kristen Kessinger, +1.847.660.5512