November 2016 Chapter Meeting

Join us on Thursday, November 17th at the MSU Federal Credit Union on the corner of Mt. Hope Road and Farm Lane for a presentation on security visibility within the network by Jacques Simon and Larry Knowles from NETSCOUT VSS Monitoring.

This month’s talk: Advancing Security Maturity with Unified Packet Visibility

Packet Flow Switching for the New Threat Landscape
As threat environments grow more sophisticated, many security systems have become increasingly focused on a particular area of security, which may leave the security team blind to adjacent threats. Each security tool will see only the specific threats that it is designed to look for, remaining oblivious to the manner in which disparate elements of security infrastructure must work together.

Complicating the situation further is the way in which organizations typically build their security infrastructure. The overwhelming risk of security breaches has led many businesses to meet each new threat with the latest security product designed to defeat it. The result is an inconsistent and extremely complex security infrastructure, with different appliances deployed in a reactive fashion focused on where the attack occurred, yesterday. Such project based deployments leave unavoidable gaps that often go unnoticed the next breach, while increasing costs.

Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model
To counteract these threats and challenges, enterprises, service providers and government agencies must dramatically improve their security capabilities. Organizations can measure their capabilities and progression by using the Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (C2M2). The model, an organized way to identify competencies and areas of improvement, was developed by the United States Department of Energy, which must protect one of the most critical infrastructures in the world, to help organizations evaluate, prioritize, and improve cybersecurity capabilities.

Packet flow visibility and control will be especially useful in the areas of change and configuration management; situational awareness; and information sharing and communications. Centralized packet flow switching makes it easy to test out and add new security systems, while establishing a change boundary to simplify operations. The unified view allows teams across multiple domains (security, telecom and network) to access the same data and be ready for a coordinated response to network performance issues and security incidents.

No stranger to technology, Jacques Simon has over twenty-five years of professional experience working with network performance, security solutions, and network/wireless technologies across the world. Jac joined Netscout (VSS Monitoring) in 2015 as the Director of North American Sales.  Since then, his technical and sales expertise has built Netscout’s security visibility business unit from concept to established business. Prior to Netscout, Jac managed America’s sales at Centina Systems a leading provider of Fault and Performance management solutions.  Before Netscout, Jac held sales and management positions at a number of market-leading enterprise and telecommunications technology companies, including Strata Group, Radcom, Network General (acquired by NetScout), and Concord Communications before its acquisition by CA.

As a consultant and Senior Sales Engineer for the NETSCOUT PFS Division in the Great Lakes Region, Larry Knowles provides the technical expertise for the sales efforts in the region. Prior to joining NETSCOUT, Larry has held several positions in a sales consultant role with specializations in high availability data integrity/security, and multi-disciplinary failure analysis. Larry brings his technical expertise to NETSCOUT, stemming from over twenty five years of industry experience in large scale networking, performance analyltics, monitoring, and security disciplines.


Attending this meeting earns you 1 CPE.

The meeting doors will be opened at 7:30 AM for sign-in and networking, followed by our speaker’s presentation at 8:00 AM.

Please note our fee for attending this meeting:

  • Current members of ISSA International: meetings are included in your membership!
  • Friends & guests of the Lansing ISSA chapter: $10
  • Students & first time guests: free!

Register for the November Chapter Meeting here!

Hope to see you there!

ISSA Lansing Board

The Lansing ISSA chapter appreciates the location sponsorship of MSUFCU!

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