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I can row a boat by myself, but doing it with others makes the journey more interesting and the task at hand a bit less onerous. As an IT Security and Infrastructure Manager, it is vital that I stay in touch with the industry to ensure that I am leveraging best practices and learning from what others have successfully implemented.

One such organization that has a new chapter in Oregon is the 7×24 Exchange; this group is a knowledge exchange for those who design, build, operate and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures, who seek to promote dialogue among these groups.

7×24 is hosting an FBI Cyber Security Briefing that reviews hacker profiles, from “hackers for hire” to terrorists. Cyber security is a top priority to government agencies and the FBI will talk about how they seek to predict and prevent attacks, as well as their role after an incident.

For me, this is of critical importance. I read many stories about companies not bringing in the FBI to assist them after a breach detection, robbing themselves of valuable resources that can help them row through those choppy waters.

Following the briefing, the FBI will join Intel and Tripwire for a panel discussion that will talk about warning signs of a potential hack, business impacts of a breach, and how businesses can deter a cyber attack. Every business is at a different level in their security posture and I am excited to discuss how we can coach our employees about their security awareness no matter where on the spectrum we fall.

Further, even small progress is good progress as we move toward our destination of cyber threat prevention. As we all row toward the far shore, whether alone or together, there are guidelines available to follow. Map your journey, understand your risk and proactively identify how you are going to react if you row off course (e.g., a breach).

If you are interested in attending the event, you can find more information at the Oregon chapters events page here.


Event Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Location: Cyber Security Discussion at Intel Jones Farm Conference Center (2111 NE 25th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124)
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., registration opens at 3 p.m.

In Part II of the Cyber Security Briefing, I will review what participants most wanted to know and what topics we chose to endeavor and learn from together at the event.



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