Cisco to hold its first ever VIRTUAL network Security Forum

On November 12th Cisco will host the Cisco IT Security Forum an interactive online event packed with all the things you’d typically find at a Networkers event. This includes top notch speakers like Bob Russo, General Manager PCI Security Standards Council and John Stewart, Chief Security Officer to name a couple. The security forum will be broken up into two areas, a virtual conference hall and a virtual exhibit floor complete with virtual security solution booths. You’ll be able to interact 1:1 with subject matter experts at the booths and grab/download product presentations, datasheets, and case studies just like you do when you visit a brick and mortar event booth. Also within the virtual exhibit floor, Cisco will offer on-demand content and trainings that span its security solution portfolio. The agenda is loaded with some top notch speakers and top of mind topics. Here is a snapshot of some of the ones I thought were most interesting.

  • Bob Russo, General Manager PCI Security Standards Council, will discuss the changes in PCI 1.2, released October 1, 2008. He will discuss the changes and additions made to the standard, Special Interest Groups that have been formed, and the Council’s global objectives for 2009. Maybe he will even talk about some of the topics that sparked heated debates during their last PCI Council meeting.
  • Cisco executives John Stewart, Chief Security Officer, and Marie Hattar, VP, Network Systems and Security Solutions, will discuss the topic, “Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Collaboration — Is Your Network Ready for the Latest Security Challenges?”
  • Panel Discussion on: How Small IT Teams Handle Big Security Challenges – Is There Really Safety in Numbers? Cisco describes it this way, “Does your IT department have too many security balls in the air? Are you juggling threat response, compliance requirements, audits, equipment upgrades, etc.? Listen to a panel of your peers discuss strategies, tips and tactics for staying on top of security threats, trends, and requirements when your team is pulled in ten different directions at once. Learn why quality may really be better than quantity and how to streamline so that your team is truly operating at peak efficiency and keeping your organization safe.” Moderator: Bob Bragdon, publisher of CSO magazine Panelists: Michael Hall, Director of PC Engineering for DriveSavers, Mark Hogan, Chief Information Officer for the Cleveland Airport, and Mike Helinksy, Director of Information Technology Operations at Brooks Rehabilitation
There are other topics as well of course, a total of 8 live events, but I thought the above ones were worthy of special note. The virtual exhibit floor will host 13 virtual security solution booths. All booths will allow you to chat 1:1 with experts in their specific solutions and download collateral. Here are some of the booths that will be present at the event: E-mail & Web Security, CVO, DLP, PCI design, Identity based networking like 802.1x, NAC, ACS, TrustSec, Secure Mobility, Secure Branch, and others. The learning center that Cisco will setup in the virtual conference hall will consist of 13 on-demand trainings that will cover all sorts of security topics. A few of note are: securing your SAN architecture, Securing Unified Communications, A Holistic Approach to Information Security Risk and Compliance, A Holistic Approach to Information Security Risk and Compliance, HTTP, Web Browsers and Web 2.0 -- A Criminal's Dream, and many others. Event Details Time: 9 - 5 p.m. ET Date: Wed, Nov. 12 Location: Online only, no travel required (how’s that for a green event) To sign up to attend the free summit go here http://events.unisfair.com/index.jsp?eid=331&seid=29&code=167707_4

The opinions and information presented here are my personal views and not those of my employer.

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