Spotlight on the “Tales from the Trenches” Track in the FireEye Cyber Defense Summit: In Practice, Practice is Better Than Theory

I find the quote “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not” to be quite profound. There is no shortage of ideas, thoughts, suggestions, and theories in the security realm. Some are better than others. What’s often harder to find in our profession is practical, applicable, and hands-on advice and guidance that can help organizations improve their information security postures.

In my experience, one of the best ways to learn is from the successes and failures of others. Not in an academic setting, but from real operational experience — time in the trenches. During the upcoming FireEye Cyber Defense Summit, one of the tracks will be dedicated to this very principle.

The “Tales From The Trenches” track is intended to provide case studies and stories from real-life operations. There won’t be much theory or hypothesizing. Rather, the presentations in the track will focus on challenges and problems that organizations faced and how they overcame them. Not through voodoo or magic, but through a strategic and disciplined approach to improving their security postures.

The track will include a mix of panel discussions and presentations from organizations of differing sizes and industry verticals. We’ll kick off the track by hearing how the City of Los Angeles rises to the challenges it faces on a daily basis. Day one will continue with a panel discussion on how security is a topic that reaches across all industry verticals, followed by a presentation of the security program at a financial institution.

On day two, we’ll hear presentations from security leaders in higher education and critical infrastructure, including a presentation on securing SCADA systems. We’ll also talk use cases in the enterprise and hear from state government, local government, and higher education institutions during our panel discussion.

I hope you’ll join us for what looks to be an exciting and relevant track. Make sure to register by Friday, September 18 to save $375. See you there!