Security Conferences Through a Covid Lens: Past, Present, and Future
Everyone in the cybersecurity industry has opinions about the RSA conference and its role in the community. Blackhat, DEFCON, and other industry events similarly inspire strong reactions. Then came Covid and a year without these in-person events. Virtual events took their place (more or less). As we emerge from Covid restrictions what will happen to security conferences?
Join us for a freewheeling, no-holds-barred look at the past, present and future role of conferences and events in the security industry. Hear from experts who can speak from a wide range of perspectives. We’ll explore the role of events, how Covid has reshaped these events, what we foresee happening going forward, and how to leverage security events to your advantage.
Founder and CEO, Port53
Omar started his cybersecurity career at OpenDNS, where he was responsible for delivering the DNS security solution to small and mid-sized businesses in the US and Asia. Omar worked with thousands of IT professionals in the SMB space, and truly learned their biggest pain points, especially as it pertained to cloud adoption and cybersecurity - two rather new and fluid trends in the SMB IT space. In September of 2016, a little over a year after Cisco acquired OpenDNS, Omar founded Port53 Technologies. Port53 is focused on delivering enterprise-grade, cloud-delivered security solutions that are easy to deploy, simple to manage and extremely effective, helping customers not only get a big-data and predictive approach to security, but also a more integrated and automated approach.
Chief Strategy Officer, Cobalt
Caroline Wong is the Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt. As CSO, Caroline leads the Security, Community, and People teams at Cobalt. She brings a proven background in communications, cybersecurity, and experience delivering global programs to the role. Caroline’s close and practical information security knowledge stems from her broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager, and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga. Caroline also hosts the Humans of InfoSec podcast, teaches cybersecurity courses on LinkedIn Learning and has authored the popular textbook Security Metrics, A Beginner's Guide. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and a certificate in finance and accounting from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Executive Co-Director, HealthGrid Alliance
Debby Hindus is the Executive Co-Director of the HealthGrid Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to “healing the world,” starting with technologies to address Covid safety in the new normal. Also a Venture Partner and Mentor at F50 Elevate, she is a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who specializes in complex new ventures. Debby directed marketing at Zentera, a cybersecurity startup, and previously co-founded Rapport, Inc., an early multiprocessing chip company. She is a strategist and technologist with deep hands-on startup, business and technology research experience. Debby also has taught at Stanford and Harvard, and as Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at Cogswell College, she designed and put in place the college’s first graduate-level program. She holds an M.S. from the MIT Media Lab and a computer science undergraduate degree from U. Michigan.