Celebrating California Reopening with a Bang

June 15th, 2021

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ROSEVILLE, CA - (ISC)² Sacramento Chapter held its first post pandemic live (nonvirtual) meeting on June 15 that coincided with the official lift of COVID restrictions in California. The event took place at the TopGolf Roseville location where chapter members were able to hit a ball or two after hearing a presentation on creative ways of minimizing cybersecurity risks related to Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, something that almost any organization is faced with today.

In just 30 minutes, the presenter, Nadir Izrael, the co-founder and the chief technology officer of Armis, Inc. explained his company’s approach solving IoT security problems plaguing healthcare, energy sector, manufacturing, food producers and virtually any other industry both part of the critical and non-critical infrastructure that nowadays rely so much on IoT in their daily operations.

The unique challenge of securing these devices is that they often have minimal hardware that is unable of running traditional security tools such as an antivirus while using very old operating systems and communication protocols with a myriad of exploitable security holes. At best, many organizations resort to a bare minimal effort of tightening the security perimeter around them. According to the presenter, this strategy is better than nothing but has proven to be ineffective against many hacking techniques available to malicious attackers available today, such as Network Address Translation (NAT) slipstreaming or DNS tunneling just to name a few.

According to Nadir, the major problem with IoT devices scattered around corporate networks is their visibility, or rather lack thereof, and that is one of the challenges that Armis’s Agentless Security Device Platform is solving by fingerprinting billions of devices and providing better awareness to organizations as to what they have on their networks and how bad the associated security risks are. Armed with this knowledge, organizations become capable of better understanding and prioritizing remediation of IoT related security risks in a consistent and repeatable manner by leveraging security frameworks such MITRE and NIST.

Presentation

The audience represented entirely by cybersecurity professionals from the Greater Sacramento area peppered Nadir with questions seemingly almost forgetting that a game of golf was there waiting for them, courtesy of Armis that sponsored the event.

Participants were noticeably excited to have their first mask-free live chapter meeting in months as they launched balls from the TopGolf hi-tech bays obviously enabled by all kinds of sensors and IoT devices. By already established tradition, attending chapter members stayed well past the official part to network, converse, exchange ideas and reconnect with fellow cyber security professionals. After all, this is what the chapter meetings are all about.

Latest Meeting
IoT Vulnerabilities

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 4:30 PM
1700 Freedom Way, Roseville, CA 95678, USA

Agenda

Please register using the link from the communication email as space is limited.

4:30 PM ARRIVAL AND SETUP
4:50 PM -5:20 PM EVENT AMBASSADOR GREETS GUESTS IN THE LOBBY WELCOME COCKTAILS SERVED
5:30 PM BUFFET SERVICE BEGINS
5:45 PM PRESENTATIONS BEGIN
6:25 PM PRESENTATIONS CONCLUDE
6:30 PM SIGNATURE ROOM DOORS OPEN / TOPGOLF PLAY BEGINS 7:00 PM BUFFET SERVICE CONCLUDES
8:15 PM LAST CALL FOR ALCOHOL
8:30 PM EVENT CONCLUDES


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