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ISSA-LA May 2021 Meeting: The Future of Security Cloud Native and Cyber Canon

May 19, 2021 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm PDT

We have two talks in May:  The Future of Security Cloud Native and Resilience in Cybersecurity Careers – Finding the Best Books.

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The Future of Security Cloud Native

Caroline Wong, Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt, holds deep-rooted expertise in information security. She began her security career about 15 years ago, leading security teams at eBay and Zynga. In recent years, we have witnessed an explosive uptick in cloud-native security implementations for their myriad of benefits. As modern development processes speed up, organizations have recognized the urgent need for integrated security.

In this talk, Caroline will share her observations on how companies must change the way they build security into their cloud-native projects, and forecast what’s next for cloud-native security. She will discuss how, when it comes to the future of cloud-native security, organizations must double down on people and process innovation to overcome the misconceptions, education gaps and common mistakes we see when it comes to the cloud.

Cloud native is here; it is scaling, and it is not going anywhere. The more we can see the reality and necessity of what security must become, the better we will all be in the long run.


Speaker: Caroline Wong

Caroline Wong is the Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt.

As CSO, Caroline leads the Security, Community, and People teams at Cobalt. She brings a proven background in communications, cybersecurity, and experience delivering global programs to the role. Caroline’s close and practical information security knowledge stems from her broad experience as a Cigital consultant, a Symantec product manager, and day-to-day leadership roles at eBay and Zynga. Caroline also hosts the Humans of InfoSec podcast, teaches cybersecurity courses on LinkedIn Learning and has authored the popular textbook Security Metrics, A Beginner’s Guide. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley and a certificate in finance and accounting from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Cyber Canon.  Resilience in Cybersecurity Careers – Finding the Best Books

Have you ever wondered if there was a one stop spot to find a list of some of the best reviewed cybersecurity books? Do you find yourself in a place within in your career that you are looking for the latest information about cybersecurity that you can use now to help shape your decisions for your teams and corporations? Are you new to the field of cybersecurity and not sure where to go to get suggestions on some great books you should be reading? For over 6 years now, the Cybersecurity Canon Project has been doing this leg work for you.

The Canon Committee is comprised of leading cybersecurity professionals from various industry verticals that have taken the time to read and review cybersecurity books. These books are rated as “must reads for everyone in cybersecurity”, “good to read, especially for certain niches in cybersecurity”, and those books you might just want to skip. Think of the project as kind of like the Academy Awards for Cybersecurity Books. Each year certain authors are awarded for their work, and on occasion authors are commended for their lifetime work in cybersecurity.

This panel will discuss the importance of continued education in cybersecurity, how the canon project came to be, what are some of the best and worst books the committee has read, and how the committee chooses the books they do read. In addition, this panel is fortunate to have one of the leading authors on the subject of cybersecurity joining us to add their flare on the subject. Join us for a compelling look into cybersecurity books.


Kathi Whitbey, Threat Intelligence Program Manager for Unit 42 within Palo Alto Networks


Ben Smith, Field Chief Technology Officer with NetWitness; Helen Patton, Advisory CISO at Duo, CISCO

Kathi Whitbey currently serves as the Threat Intelligence Program Manager for Unit 42 within Palo Alto Networks. In this role, Kathi was an integral part in the process for incorporating the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA), to include the initial CTA Platform development efforts for sharing information among member companies. Kathi’s previous roles have included software development management and technical training efforts for various US government organizations. Kathi has also worked for the US Department of State and traveled all over the world educating employees on custom software applications.
In her free time, Kathi serves as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and was afforded the opportunity to serve in that role supporting the US Navy at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa for 12 months. Kathi also enjoys running, and strives to run a race on every continent (has completed 4 of the 7, including Antarctica). Kathi has an M.S. degree in Information Systems.

Ben Smith is Field Chief Technology Officer with NetWitness, an RSA business. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in the information security, networking and telecommunications industries; his prior employers include UUNET, CSC, and the US Government, along with several technology startups. Smith holds industry certifications in information security (CCISO, CISSP), risk management (CRISC), and privacy (CIPT); he is an acknowledged contributor to NIST SP 1800-1, -3, and -7; and he serves as an appointed member of the Cybersecurity Canon Committee. He has presented internationally at cybersecurity events sponsored by Gartner, FS-ISAC, SANS, IANS, CERT/SEI, RSAC, ISSA, (ISC)2, ISACA, Infosecurity, BSides, ASIS, InfraGard, HTCIA, SecureWorld, ISMG, SC Media, SIRA, RMA, IIA, MWCA, ICI and other organizations.

With more years working in the Security, Risk, Privacy and Resiliency professions than she cares to say, Helen Patton advocates using information risk, security and privacy to enable the mission of organizations and to support society at large.

Helen is an Advisory CISO at Duo Security (now Cisco), where she shares security strategies with the security community. Previously she was the CISO at The Ohio State University where she was awarded the ISE North American Academic / Public Sector Executive of the Year, and an Executive Director at JPMorganChase. Her actively encourages collaboration across and within industries, to enable better information security and privacy practices. She believes in improving diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and mentors people interested in pursuing careers in security, privacy and risk management.

Helen has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and has earned Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified In Risk and Systems Control certifications from ISACA.   She serves on the State of Ohio Cybersecurity Advisory Board and is a founding board member of the National Technology Security Coalition.


May 19, 2021
11:45 am - 1:15 pm PDT
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