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August 2018 ISSA Web Conference

ISSA Thought Leadership Series: Cybersecurity Heroes Aren't Born...They're Made

Recorded (1 Hour Event) on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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Phishing continues to be one of the fastest growing and most malicious threats to the security of industries of every kind—from financial organizations to government contractors to healthcare firms. Today’s savvy phisher manages to evade even the most sophisticated technical safeguards through carefully planned, socially-engineered emails that are only getting more advanced.

During this panel, we will discuss key findings from Wombat’s 2018 State of the Phish™ and 2018 Beyond the Phish® Reports. You will gain insight into current vulnerabilities, industry-specific phishing metrics, and emerging threats.

This collection of data is taken from tens of millions of simulated phishing attacks sent through Wombat’s Security Education Platform over a 12-month period; data compiled from nearly 85 million questions asked and answered inside the CyberStrength® Knowledge Assessments and interactive training modules, responses from quarterly surveys of InfoSec professionals; and an international survey of working adults who were queried about social engineering threats and their cybersecurity behaviors.

We will also discuss best practices related to security awareness and training. Our panelists will highlight key components and common threads of some of the most successful programs, and help attendees identify ways to apply new techniques and increase the effectiveness of their own cybersecurity education initiatives.



Jorge Orchilles, SANS Instructor

Jorge Orchilles, author of Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator's Reference, holds post-graduates from Stanford and Florida International in Advanced Computer Security and Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems. He is a Certified SANS Instructor and serves on the board of the ISSA South Florida Chapter. Jorge holds multiple certificates from ISC2, ISACA, SANS GIAC, EC-Council, Cisco, Microsoft, and CompTIA.


Kurt Wescoe, Chief Architect, Wombat Security

As Chief Architect at Wombat Security, Kurt is responsible for ensuring Wombat's software and systems are built on a sound foundation. He brings over 10 years of experience in engineering, across multiple industries. He also serves as a faculty member in the School of Computer Science’s master’s program in e-Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Kurt earned his M.Sc. in E-Commerce from CMU, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.


Gretel Egan, Brand Communications Manager at Wombat, a division of Proofpoint

Gretel Egan is the Brand Communications Manager for Wombat Security, a division of ProofPoint, a leading provider of information security awareness and training software that helps organizations educate employees. She has extensive experience in researching and developing cybersecurity education content and was named one of “10 Security Bloggers to Follow” by IDG Enterprise.


Michael Levin, CEO & Founder, Center for Information Security

Michael Levin is a nationally known cyber security professional who spent over twenty-two years in the U.S. Secret Service protecting Presidents and Heads of State. Michael retired from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division in Washington DC.  He enjoyed a distinguished thirty-year career in public service and law enforcement.
Michael also served as the Branch Chief of the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force program in Washington DC, supervising 17 task forces across the country. He worked in the area of computer forensics and cyber-crime investigations for over twenty years. Other assignments included numerous Presidential, Vice Presidential and dignitary protective assignments as well as working at the CIA and NSA as the Secret Service Intelligence Liaison Officer.
After this distinguished career and seeing the need, Michael founded the Center for Information Security Awareness – The CFISA was created to explore ways to increase cyber security awareness among many audiences, including consumers, employees, businesses and law enforcement. CFISA provides online and on-site cyber security awareness training services to businesses and organizations of all sizes.
His passion for securing the nation's critical infrastructure has led to his tireless efforts to make cyber security awareness training best practices interesting, meaningful and relevant at home and at work.



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