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Date: February 26, 2015 | 8:00am – 1:45pm

Seminar Description

Responding to, and managing, cybersecurity threats is evolving from fire drills and incident management to a more strategic approach – looking at cybersecurity response strategies in various business contexts such as evaluating costs, branding based on effective cybersecurity management, effective management of reputational risk. This evolution is providing new perspectives for financial services firms to consider including more effective ways to build technology solutions that effectively manage cybersecurity threats. Establishing threat classifications, introducing data protection strategies, adding greater intelligence to threat detection, monitoring and response – businesses are riding a new wave of innovation towards more strategic approaches to building cybersecurity frameworks. This seminar will discuss what some of the latest thinking is in dealing with cybersecurity threats and not just reacting to them.

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8:00-8:30AM Registration and Breakfast (Breakfast sponsored by Sentrix)

8:30-8:35AM WSTA Introductions: James Kostulias, Chief Information Officer, TD Ameritrade and a WSTA Director

8:35-9:20AM Keynote: “Cybersecurity and Risk Management: Staying Ahead of Tomorrow’s Threats”

9:20-9:45AM Premier Speaking Sponsor: “Financial Services Cyber Defense, In-Depth”

9:45-10:10AM Luncheon Speaking Sponsor: “The Evolving Threat Landscape & Recent Breaches in the Finance Sector”

10:10-10:35AM Break and Demo Area Visit (Break sponsorship available)

10:35-11:00AM “DNS Security”

11:00-11:25AM “Your Security Experts are Killing You…”

11:25-11:50AM “Infiltration, Data breaches, and Theft”

11:50-12:30PM Luncheon and Demo Area Visit (Luncheon sponsored by Micro Strategies)

12:30-12:55PM “Re-framing the conversation: Delighting customers at Every Interaction”

12:55-1:20PM “Simplify Cybersecurity Response and Improve Effectiveness with Context”

Bio | Abstract


This presentation will discuss the value of incorporating context into Cybersecurity defenses to simplify and improve security effectiveness. Context creates intelligence about events, assets, actors and conditions that enable actions to be taken across all phases of the Incident Response process to reduce risk and remediate incidents quickly. From planning, to triage and finally post-incident reporting, additional context provides clarity and perspective and can drive changes that limit the risk of future incidents. Examples of how both internal and external sources of context can be combined to improve protection and rapidly respond will be discussed in terms that are easy to understand and communicate to non-technical stakeholders.


Richard Trezza, CISSP is System Engineering Manager of Northeast Major Accounts for Palo Alto Networks. He is an Enterprise Security expert with over 20 years of computer and network security experience as an SE Manager, Solution Architect and Systems Engineer. Previous employers include McAfee, Symantec, CyberGuard, Inktomi and Reconnex Corporation. He has amassed extensive knowledge and experience working with Large Enterprises to architect and deploy security solutions that address a variety of concerns, ranging from high performance perimeter security controls, advanced threat prevention, insider threat mitigation, security event management using analytics and automation, intellectual property protection and data loss prevention. In addition, he is experienced with the deployment and operation of advanced security controls globally, without violating International privacy laws.

1:20-1:45PM “Big Data – Fact or Myth?”

Bio | Abstract


The pervasive relational data management model is a key contributor to today’s growing cyber security risk level. It’s less familiar cousin, the associative model offers attributes and features that allow system architects to create significantly more secure systems. In this talk, we will examine weaknesses in the relational model exploited by criminal hackers. With the introduction of Associative data architecture, we now have the benefit of single instance storage, no namespace restriction, and massive performance improvements. We’ll then illustrate how the associative model can directly address these, all while providing even better performance.


Jean-Michel has a demonstrated record of success in team leadership and problem solving. Formally trained in Computer Science and Data Processing, he brings over 25 years of experience in hardware and software design. His diverse industry expertise includes project planning and management, strategy planning, security design, disaster recovery, network programming, network design, systems and applications programming, storage area network design, and server consolidation processes and methodologies. He is also credited with opening several businesses over the year including Omega Network Services (computer consulting services) successfully for 12 years as well as the founding member of Atomic Database Corp.

1:45PM Seminar Concludes

Agenda, Speakers and Times Subject to Change

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