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The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. Through its membership, ISSA -Kansas City helps security professionals in the Kansas City area learn of information security issues and trends, which promote education, collaboration, and leadership, and further the information security profession.

March 2018 Chapter Meeting

Posted by Anonymous Thursday, March 8, 2018

On March 22, 2018 the ISSA-KC Chapter members, and other security professionals will hold a meeting at BRIO’s Restaurant in Kansas City, MO, to network and attend the monthly chapter meeting, with presentation topic.

Speaker:   Ricky Allen, is the Vice President for Critical Start LLC and President of the South Texas ISSA chapter.  He holds certifications such as SABSA Security Architecture, CISSP, CISA, and Six Sigma.  Ricky previously held roles at Accenture as an executive in their strategic information security consulting practice and at HP Enterprise Security Products as the practice lead for developing Security Operations programs for ArcSight SIEM products. Ricky was focused on retail and manufacturing industries while at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he performed penetration testing and risk assessments for companies across the US.   Ricky has presented at conferences such as BSides, Black Hat, API Cybersecurity, HOU.SEC.CON, SANS, Secure World, and Data Connectors.   Ricky is based in Houston, TX and has a degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University.

Topic:   Zero Trust With Zero Resources

Topic Summary:   Most security operations team are facing alert tyranny with an endless number of notifications, false positives, and distractions causing important events to fall through the cracks.  Critical Start will address how a Zero Trust architecture approach can help end alert tyranny by optimizing security operations through the principle of "never trust, always verify".  With Zero Trust there is no default trust for any entity, regardless of what it is and its location on or relative to the corporate network. By definition, every access attempt by a user, device, and application must be verified. But with resource constraints for both budget and qualified personnel, zero trust can potentially create a mountain of work that a strapped security team can’t handle. We’ll discuss the benefits of a zero trust strategy and how it can help you identify and contain threats that traditional known good approaches miss. We’ll also explore options to apply this approach in an efficient manner that you can realistically support with a limited resources.

Location: BRIO Tuscan Grille, Country Club Plaza, 502 Nichols Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Greeting and registration
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Meeting & Presentation
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Questions, Answers & Networking


Salad Choice of Chicken, Salmon or Pasta
Soft drinks, Iced Tea, Coffee
*Vegetarian option available, please note at registration at Brio


$25.00 for ISSA Members,
$35.00 for Guests/Non-Members
Maximum Reservation: 35
Credit(s): 1 CPE credit

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We look forward to seeing you at the event. If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please email rsvp@kc.issa.org, or contact the venue for directions.

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