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Let's Meetup and go Phishing for Xmas!

For many years, cybersecurity authorities have observed that phishing is the most prevalent initial enterprise attack vector. Employees just keep clicking. Technology has failed to compensate. Security awareness and training efforts aspiring to stop the clicks have either failed miserably, achieved too little, and/or only changed behavior temporarily. 

The goal of this meeting is to turn participants into effective advocates as to what must be done to transform enterprise employees from cyber fodder to cyber warriors. For this meetup, we will be using a "Round Table" format where our moderator, Eirik Iverson, will guide the discussion.

If you have a "Phishing Story" you'd like to tell, add a comment to this meetup below.  Eirik will contact you for more information. With only Monday-Friday until this meetup, please make contact soonest.

During our last meeting, we laughed a lot when we decided on our 3 December topic. We agreed to share in depth our open source collective experiences dealing with phishing emails. As risk mitigation planners and practitioners, we will explore and discuss the challenges that organizations have encountered with effectively stopping the clicks. What works, what doesn't, and what’s missing? And to provide us all greater context for the magnitude of clicking consequences, participants will help enumerate those typical cyber resources that exist directly and indirectly because of the clicks. 

We are very fortunate to have Eirik Iverson moderate our round table discussion on this subject. Eirik has been in cybersecurity product management for over 20 years with responsibilities in many of our arenas. His presentation on “Deconstruct Past Attacks to Better Plan for New Ones” served as the catalyst for very interesting discussions during our previous meeting. We focused on a simple question. Do common, successful attack vectors reveal better ways to contend with the human element and ineradicable technical uncertainties permeating our defenses? We began to conceptually deconstruct attack vectors to try to better answer such questions together. 

Do RSVP for this meetup to hear the discussion on how Cyber Security practitioners are addressing this critical topic.  Do update your RSVP status if you cannot attend the meetup.  We rely on an accurate attendee count to setup the room.

Note that this will be the twenty-first meeting discussing cyber security aspects related to the RMF.  It builds of the previous meetup on "Deconstructing Past Attacks to Better Plan for New Ones."  Eirik Iverson highlighted that today's network attack typically uses a phishing email to gain access.  His presentation is available in the meetup's library for meetup members.

We meet in Olive Garden's meeting room with a wide-screen monitor for computer presentations.  We optionally eat and drink during our merry meetings (see Olive Garden's “to go” menu at ogtogo.com).

FREE parking is available in the parking garage behind the Olive Garden.  The parking structure is at the corner of Gallows Road and Boone Blvd with the entrance on Boone Blvd. Above map points to garage entrance.  Once parked, head toward Leesburg Pike and stay to the left of the building.  The Olive Garden's entrance is on the right.


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  • Cindy F.

    The travel gods are not with me this week. I suspect this is going to be one of the best exchanges ever. Sob. ;-(

    5 days ago

  • MP

    Unfortunately I have some family matters to attend to this weekend and will not be able to attend; was looking forward to it; hopefully next time.

    November 29

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