FireEye Cyber Defense Summit 2016: Sharing Real Stories at the Tales from the Trenches Track

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


Join us at the FireEye Cyber Defense Summit!

Join FireEye at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC for the cyber security event of the year. Hear from the security experts at FBI, Visa and the US AAG.


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 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 first hear from Michelangelo Sidagni, CTO of NopSec, and Jerry Gagelman, Senior Data Scientist at NopSec, about using FireEye intelligence for effective vulnerability prioritization. Anand Deveriya, DSE at FireEye, will then discuss the seven best practices to maximizing your FireEye investment. Next, Robert Losinski, Senior InfoSecurity Administrator at Denver Public Schools, will share stories about threats faced and experiences handling remediation. A panel on automation and orchestration follows, which features Paul A. Ferrillo, Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Paul Nguyen, VP of Orchestration & Integration at FireEye, and Grady Summers, SVP & CTO at FireEye.

The next day kicks off with the post-Katrina experiences of Freud Alexandre, Office of Information Technology & Innovation Enterprise Architect & Security Manager with the City of New Orleans. Jack Weiner, Network Engineer at Rush-Copley Medical Center, follows with a discussion about ransomware. Next we will hear use-cases and other experiences from Amy DeSalvatore, Senior Director of Strategic Alliance with ForeScout, and Ellen Sundra, Director of System Engineering with ForeScout, and we’ll also hear from Don Ikhtiari of HPE Global Security Services. Finally, Christopher Cwalina, a Partner at Holland & Knight, and Gerasimos Stellatos, Director of Mandiant Consulting, will discuss legal issues and how incident responders and legal personnel can work together to the mutual benefit of the client.

I hope you’ll join us for what will be an exciting track. You can get more details and register for the event here.