2018 NY Tech Summit pre-conference workshops focus on security

2018 NY Tech Summit pre-conference workshops focus on security

Posted on 04/09/2018

SYRACUSE -- Security remains on the minds of IT professionals, even when the topic is not in the news headlines. This year’s NY Tech Summit is offering four pre-conference workshops that focus on security. Each four-hour workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 6th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.

The morning sessions (8:00 – 12:00)

Critical Security Controls for Small and Medium Size Organizations

Jim Shea and Brandon Finton, Cyber Defense Institute

For small and medium size organizations that don’t have dedicated security personal, securing organizational data and assets can be a daunting task. Add on top of that regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, PCI, NYS DFS, DoD, or any of the security standards and the average IT manager or practitioner could be easily overwhelmed.

Cisco Firepower Threat Defense Lab

Sean Miller, Systems Engineer, Cisco

The lab is aimed at technical decision makers, security engineers and CSOs with an interest in security technology. The focus is not on how to install or configure (the Before Phase). Instead, we will start working with a preconfigured system. The focus is instead on understanding how to work with this system trying to detect and mitigate an attack (The After Phase). The lab assumes a general understanding of techniques used by attackers in the Attack Kill Chain (will be reviewed). The lab does not assume any prior training on Firepower. This workshop is limited to 15 participants and a laptop is required.

Jim Shea             Brandon Finton      Sean Miller           Vikas Bhatia

The afternoon sessions (1:00 – 5:00)

How to make vendor risk management functional and secure

Vikas Bhatia, JustProtect

We can't do everything. Because of that, we enlist vendors to help in the areas outside of our expertise. However, doing so opens organizations up to risk. How can we address this problem? It all begins with assessments. But not once in a blue moon, at an overall level assessment. This presentation will discuss how continual compliance assessment, at multiple levels of an organization, is the answer. In it, we will explore how simplifying the overall assessment process makes it easy to make the right decision for your organization, while balancing security, and functionality.

The Cisco 4D SD-WAN (Viptela) Lab

Sean Miller, Systems Engineer, Cisco

Viptela provides a compelling SD-WAN solution with advanced routing, segmentation and security capabilities for interconnecting complex enterprise networks. Its cloud-based network management, orchestration and overlay technologies make it easy to deploy and manage SD-WAN. Six scenarios will be presented. This workshop is limited to 15 participants and a laptop is required.

Cost and registration information can be found here.



We have come to NY Tech Summit for four years now and my team and I get a good variety of technical, business, and strategic sessions to complement our work objectives. I like that there is a balance of end users, consultants, and vendors to present and facilitate the sessions. The interaction is candid and engaging, but not a sales pitch. Being a regional conference helps, it is the right amount of time and location for a couple days to reenergize my team and refocus on our objectives. There seems to be quite a bit of peer discussion with a smaller conference, which I like.

- Randy
Director of IT