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VASCAN 2018:

vascan 2018 logoThe Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking (VASCAN) Annual Conference, Level Up Your Cyber Security Maturity , will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 16 and 17, 2018, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Events will take place in Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center on the Mason campus. The conference will feature a dynamic keynote speaker and a variety of presentations and workshops focused on cyber security maturity.

The cost for the conference (full day Tuesday and half day Wednesday) is $150 and includes breakfast and lunch both days and a reception on the opening night, when the Shirley Payne Award will be presented.

Participants can also extend to a full day on Wednesday by attending an all-day training session, designed to enhance the skills of cyber security professionals. The first half of the training is designed for identifying data sources and tools that map to industry standard and prioritized security controls in the context of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) technology. In the afternoon, participants will engage in a capture the flag exercise designed to increase incident response and hunting skill sets, as well as value of specific data sources for conducting advanced investigations.

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Keynote Speaker - Rick Howard

Rick Howard

Rick Howard, the Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks, is the keynote speaker for VASCAN 2018. Howard has overall responsibility of the company's internal security program, leads the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Team (Unit 42) and directs the company's efforts on the Cyber Threat Alliance Information Sharing non-profit. He also hosts the Cybersecurity Canon Project and provides thought leadership for the company and the cybersecurity community at large.

His keynote address will focus on Leveling Up Your Cyber Security Maturity by covering the concepts and ideas of how to orchestrate your security kit deployment. He will provide a history of how we arrived here and give recommendations for what all network defenders should be doing in the future. He will also cover the NIST Framework, the Capability Maturity Model Integration levels and provide strategies for how organizations with tiny budgets can approach the problem.

Howard's work experience includes serving as the TASC CISO, iDefense General Manager, Counterpane SOC Director, and Commander of the U.S. Army's Computer Emergency Response Team. As commander, Howard coordinated network defense, network intelligence and network attack operations for the Army's global network. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School and an engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy, where he taught computer science 1993 to 1999.

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VASCAN exists for the purpose of strengthening information technology security programs within the Commonwealth of Virginia and is attended by IT managers, IT security professionals, technical staff, and auditors from Higher Education, K-12, Government, and Law Enforcement.

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