Please NOTE This will be a REMOTE meeting ONLY.
Topic & Speakers
2021 Cybersecurity in a Remote Environment Lessons Learned from the 2020 Pandemic by Tom DeSot - EVP, Chief Information Officer for Digital Defense, Inc.
COVID-19 has changed the way many organizations operate and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Forced to respond to the challenges the pandemic presented, organizations now see the bulk of their business-critical operations and communications performed remotely. While businesses initially mandated Work from Home policies thinking business would return to normal in a few months, as the months passed, organizations adjusted and demonstrated resiliency in transitioning to a remote workforce and operation. Critical to the health of a virtual operation is a robust cybersecurity program and regular assessment to ensure all risks are mitigated. 2021 brings a new year and fresh perspective to take a breath and reflect on the lessons learned from the 2020 pandemic.
Join Tom DeSot, EVP and CIO at Digital Defense, Inc., reviews the challenges associated with a remote operation and shares his own team’s experience as well as insights in working with clients. In this session, DeSot provides guidance for implementing best practices and processes for a robust cybersecurity program. Topics covered include:
Straining the Corporate Network
Increased Attacks and Exploits
Exposed Non-Corporate Remote Assets
Adherence to Corporate Policies
Auditing the Health of the Network and Employee Security Awareness
As CIO, Tom is charged with key industry and market regulator relationships, public speaking initiatives, key integration and service partnerships, and regulatory compliance matters. Additionally, Tom serves as the company’s internal auditor on security-related matters.
Prior to Digital Defense, Tom was Vice President of Information Systems for a mid-tier financial institution with responsibilities including information security initiatives, implementation of home banking and bill pay products, the ATM/debit card program, and all ATM networking.
Tom holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University (summa cum laude). He also holds the National Security Agency’s INFOSEC Assessment Methodology Certification and is formally trained in the OCTAVE Risk Assessment Methodology.
Tom currently serves on the information security curriculum advisory panels for Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Hallmark University – San Antonio. He is as active member of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce IT Committee, and has delivered cyber-security and cyber-ethics presentations at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Chapter Business - 12:00 - 12:15
Speaker time - 12:15 - 1:00
Q & A & Networking - 1:00 - 1:30
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit
The membership chairperson will submit one or more CPEs for this event for (ISC)²® members. Please bring your (ISC)²® membership number to the meeting. Attendees will also receive an attendance receipt via email from the Chapter's Board members to support his or her continuing education requirements.
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