March 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

ISSA National Capital Chapter February meeting topic:

Verizon 2015 Annual Data Breach Investigations Report
by Wade Baker


Wade will go “off script” from the main DBIR to explore some side alleys of the underlying data and try to answer some big picture questions about information security management. He’s not exactly sure yet what those will be, but promises it will be interesting and instructive. He also promises to give a light taste of what’s cooking for the 2015 DBIR (which is in the works now and the reason this abstract is so short).

About the Speaker 
wade bakerWade Baker is the Director of Cybersecurity Strategy & Research at Verizon Security Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for the overall direction of security services, technology capabilities, intelligence operations, and research programs. He is also the creator and lead author of Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report ("DBIR"). Baker has over 15 years of experience in the IT and security field. His background spans the technical-managerial spectrum from system administration and web development to intelligence operations and risk management. Prior to his tenure at Verizon, he spent 5 years on the faculty of two major research universities, most recently in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 6:30 PM

Center for American Progress (CAP)
1333 H St. NW
Washington, DC, 20005

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March 16, 2010

The Watchers - Talk and Book signing
by Shane Harris

Despite billions of dollars spent on this electronic since the Reagan era, we still can’t discern future threats in the vast data cloud that surrounds us all. But the government can now spy on its citizens with an ease that was impossible-and illegal-just a few years ago. Drawing on unprecedented access to the people who pioneered this high-tech spycraft, Harris shows how it has moved from the province of right-wing technocrats into the mainstream, becoming a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s war on terror.

Harris puts us behind the scenes where twenty-first-century spycraft was born. We witness Poindexter quietly working from the private sector to get government to buy in to his programs in the early nineties. We see an Army major agonize as he carries out an order to delete the vast database he’s gathered on possible terror cellsand on thousands of innocent Americans-months before 9/11. We follow National Security Agency Director Mike Hayden as he persuades the Bush administration to secretly monitor Americans based on a flawed interpretation of the law. And we see Poindexter return to government with a seemingly implausible idea: that the authorities can collect data about citizens and at the same time protect their privacy. After Congress publicly bans the Total Information Awareness program in 2003, we watch as it secretly becomes a “black program” at the NSA, then engaged in a massive surveillance of Americans’ phone calls and e-mails. 

Shane Harris

Shane Harris writes feature and investigative stories about intelligence, homeland security, and counterterrorism. He is a staff correspondent for National Journal, and writes for other national publications and frequently speaks to the public and the news media. He is the author of the forthcoming book The Watchers, a narrative about the rise of terrorism surveillance in the United States, told through the stories of five men who’ve played instrumental roles in some of the most important and controversial intelligence programs of the past quarter century. It will be published February 18, 2010, by The Penguin Press.

March 16, 2010 6:30 PM

George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW
Room B149 (One floor below lobby)
Washington, DC 20052
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March 17, 2009 6:30 PM

Join us to learn about best strategies for data destruction. And bring a colleague!  Non-members are welcome without charge.  There is no cost except some time and the results could easily be worth your investment. We'll have light refreshments (sandwiches / pizza and soft drinks).

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March Meeting Topic
Panel Discussion
Data Doesn't Die: Strategies for Data Decommissioning

Perry Dollar - Media Sanitization Project Manager, Department of Veterans Affairs
Clarence Labor -Director of Engineering Services, Intelligent Decisions, Inc

Moderator: Sean Steele, CISSP, CISA, Sr. Security Consultant, infoLock Technologies

This panel discussion will highlight best practices for establishing and verifying controls for data destruction on HDDs (magnetic media), including degaussing, triple overwrite/DOD Standard 5220, physical shredding, and Secure Erase methods. The panel presenters, including a federal media sanitization program manager, a data security consultant, and a physical destruction services provider -- will discuss practical and operational considerations, as well as available open source tools, COTS applications, and commercial services.

About Perry Dollar
Publications: Sans Library
Information Security Officer and Program Manager of Media Sanitization – 2 years
IT Engineer - Office of Research and Development Computing Center – 18 years
Northrop Electronics – Aerospace Test Engineer – 5 years
General Dynamics Electronics Division – Test Engineer – 5 years
U.S. Navy Aviation Electronics Technician – 10 years.

About Sean Steele
Sean Steele, CISSP, CISA is a Sr. Security Consultant and co-founder of infoLock Technologies, a data lifecycle security consulting & solutions provider headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The firm focuses on innovative strategies, services, and solutions for managing lifecycle data security – data discovery, encryption, access controls, auditing, and end-of-life destruction. Mr. Steele has over 12 years of IT and information security experience, including as founding employee of GlobalCerts, an email encryption appliance company, and with MicroStrategy, a data mining and business intelligence software company. He has spoken at numerous industry events and meetings, is an occasional information security columnist for NetworkWorld and Information Systems Security Journal (ISSJ). Mr. Steele is co-authoring a book on enterprise IT security programs. He lives in Washington, DC.

March 17, 2009 6:30 PM
Radio Free Asia Conference Room
2025 M St. NW – Street Level
Washington DC
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