Trust in Sharing Information Begins with a Trusted Sharing Environment

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By David Bisson

Organizations have been sharing digital threat information with one another for decades. But much has changed in how those strategic partnerships operate.

Perhaps no one understands these developments better than John Carlson.

As chief of staff of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), Carlson is integrally involved in building an organization that fosters trusted information and analysis sharing among the FS-ISAC’s 7,000 member financial institutions and partner organizations. Carlson is also involved in the development of cybersecurity exercises to simulate cyber attacks and improve the ways financial institutions and government agencies might respond.

Companies didn’t used to share information with one another so openly. Carlson describes this change as nothing less than “remarkable”:

“20 years ago, organizations shared information only with other companies that they trusted. As such, most of these sharing channels were informal and did not adhere to defined rules with respect to how information should be shared. Those rules didn’t exist, after all. But things have changed considerably since then. With over 7,000 member organizations based in over 38 countries, FS-ISAC serves as a distribution platform by which companies can gain a sense of what’s happening in the environment at any point of time regarding the volume and severity of various attacks and key vulnerabilities.”

Carlson intends to expand upon the work of FS-ISAC at Borderless Cyber Europe 16 on 8-9 September at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Specifically, he will discuss FS-ISAC’s commitment to automating the sharing of information and the corporation’s support of other sectors to create information sharing frameworks, among other points of interest.

Ultimately, Carlson sees strength in organizations being able to share with one another:

“By creating a trusted environment where organizations can share information, and by promoting techniques through which companies can shape the way information is shared, FS-ISAC creates trust among enterprises in sharing information without them fretting over legal liability.”

He hopes attendees will see the benefit of a private sector organization fulfilling an important role regarding information sharing, and he encourages any company who’s currently not part of an intelligence sharing organization to join one.

Carlson also hopes his presentation will help reveal how robust membership in information sharing corporations helps communities stay on top of changes in the threat environment and opens the way for broad collaboration on a number of initiatives.

In his mind, collaboration is indispensable when it comes to defending against digital threats:

“Going forward, the best model for success is collaboration. Collaboration among FIs, collaboration with government agencies (such as law enforcement agencies), collaboration with the broader technology community and other interdependent sectors such as telecom and power and a focused effort on updating laws and regulations to better match the realities of our inter-connected industries, government, and lives.”

For more information on Carlson’s upcoming talk, click here.

You can learn more about and register for the Borderless Cyber Europe conference here.

This post comes courtesy from one of CDM Media’s trusted partners. Whether it be an industry association or a news outlet, our partners provide a fresh perspective on trending topics in innovation. The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a nonprofit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for security, Internet of Things, cloud computing, energy, content technologies, emergency management, and other areas. For more information, visit https://www.oasis-open.org/.

OASIS Announces Keynote Speaker for Borderless Cyber Europe

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Today’s digital threats are more numerous and sophisticated than ever. As a result, many in the security industry feel organizations can no longer adequately defend their networks by themselves. Those analysts feel the threat environment is evolving too quickly. Modern threats know no boundaries, they argue, which is why companies and governments alike need to work together to improve their state of preparedness.

Recognizing that need for collaboration, OASIS (who has partnered with CDM Media on our CISO global event portfolio) will be hosting Borderless Cyber Europe on 8-9 September, 2016 in Brussels.

In collaboration with its partners, OASIS has designed the conference to provide expert insight on the international advances in threat sharing intelligence. More specifically, attendees will learn how to take advantage of existing or build their own threat intelligence sharing communities as well as access digital threat information. Industry experts will infuse those lessons with their own real-world use cases involving threat information sharing, which will empower security practitioners to enact change at their respective organizations after the conference.

Delegates will hear from keynote speaker, Andrus Ansip, vice Andrus_Ansip Portraitpresident for the European Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, who has been instrumental in negotiating the EU-US Privacy Shield designed to protect user privacy while allowing for trans-Atlantic trade.

“Data flows between our two continents are essential to our society and economy – we now have a robust framework ensuring these transfers take place in the best and safest conditions.” Ansip said.

The nature of today’s threats is such that information security professionals aren’t the only ones who should be learning about digital threats.

For an organization to improve its state of preparedness, the chief information security officer (CISO) and other IT security managers also need to keep their thumb on the pulse of the latest threat information. That effort should involve the following:

• Understanding how the EU-United States Privacy Shield is designed to protect users’ privacy and what implications it will have for their organization.
• Leveraging the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to understand their data protection risks as they oversee the development and operation of cybersecurity programs.
• Learning how to automate threat intelligence sharing and how to respond to threats more quickly by making use of new simplified versions of STIX, TAXII and CybOX.

Borderless Cyber Europe will explore all of these topics and more.

To help executives capitalize on the latest threat intelligence, OASIS would like to extend a special VIP CISO conference pass to executives responsible for developing, influencing and managing cyber threat information, risk management and corporate governance in the public and private sectors.

CISOs in the CDM community who are interested in receiving a VIP pass are asked to contact jane.harnad@oasis-open.org by the closing date midnight (PST) 31 July 2016.

Those who are selected will be notified by 5 August. (Please note that travel, subsistence, and other expenses will not be covered by the pass.)

By design, Borderless Cyber Europe will provide a collaborative, peer-to-peer exchange of information through interactive sessions that encourage attendees to share best practices, successful case studies, and insight into how threats can be managed and resolved. Security practitioners and managers alike can then take those insights and use them to build relationships and make the most out of threat information sharing tools/open source standards at the organizational level.

Please join OASIS in September by registering for Borderless Cyber Europe today!

This post comes courtesy from one of CDM Media’s trusted partners. Whether it be an industry association or a news outlet, our partners provide a fresh perspective on trending topics in innovation. The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a nonprofit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for security, Internet of Things, cloud computing, energy, content technologies, emergency management, and other areas. For more information, visit https://www.oasis-open.org/.

Trendy Tech Prizes

Not only did attendees come away from our 3-day national summit (CIO, CISO, Big Data and Cloud) with key takeaways, but also some amazing, trendy tech gadgets thanks to their feedback!

We love feedback. We want to know it all! Our team encourages event goers to bring on the comments about sessions, the app and the event flow in general. We soak it up since it helps drive our content in invaluable ways and keeps us on the pulse of what our attendees want. And what better way to snag this feedback than pepper them with prizes!

At the trifecta of events we hosted in Chicago this week (the CIO Summit US, CISO Summit US and Big Data Summit at the JW Marriott), sponsors wowed attendees with some savvy tech items and gift cards for those who gave the most feedback. What were the top trends from these cool technology companies? Wearable tech! Check out most sought-after prizes and the event sponsors who donated them:

1. iPad Mini – Adobe
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2. Garmin Smartwatch (2)- Rimini Street
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3. Amazon Kindle Fire – Velostrata
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4. Apple Watch – Coho Data & Equinix
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Thanks to all the sponsors that donated amazing prizes!

Find out about our upcoming events here!

 

 

Happy Administrative Professionals Day: We’re Hiring!

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! We are currently seeking an Administrative Assistant for our lively office in the Flatiron District. Interested? Check out the below job description and email Becky at becky.kuperhand@cdmmedia.com for an immediate interview. We hope to meet you soon!

Our office is located at 920 Broadway in the Flatiron District.

Our office is located at 920 Broadway in the Flatiron District.

We are seeking a welcoming and sociable Office Assistant in our fast-paced NYC office! This individual will perform a wide range of administrative and office support activities for our loft-style office in the Flatiron District.

Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Answer, screen and transfer inbound phone calls
  • Greet and direct visitors, interviewees and clients
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings, appointments and travel arrangements for managers or supervisors
  • Assist in the arranging of all aspects of delegate event participation, including transportation
  • Oversee office supply inventories and maintenance of office equipment
  • Handle records for all staff, telephones, parking and petty cash
  • Assist in the day-to-day management of all client and delegate relationships
  • Assist in the collection of deliverables for sponsors and delegates for assigned events
  • Record and transcribe meetings to distribute to teams
  • Ongoing sales support to the office
  • Sort and distribute mail
  • Maintain filing system
  • Prepare and modify documents including correspondence, reports, drafts, memos and emails
  • Handle requests for information and data

Education and Experience:

  • Computer skills and knowledge of relevant software
  • Knowledge of operation of standard office equipment
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of basic office management
  • Knowledge of PR or some PR/marketing experience would be a bonus

Key Competencies

  • Communication skills – written and verbal
  • Planning and organizing
  • Prioritizing
  • Problem assessment and problem solving
  • Information gathering and information monitoring
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexibility
  • Customer service orientation
  • Teamwork and a positive attitude!

Read about our amazing benefits!

For an immediate interview please email becky.kuperhand@cdmmedia.com with “Admin Assistant NYC” in the subject line. We are interviewing immediately.

More about CDM Media

We are a leading B2B technology marketing and media firm that produces C-level executive events all over the world. We specialize in technology summits and custom events for C-level executives from Fortune 1000 companies, together with major technology solution providers. In 2016, CDM Media will host 85+ events in over 26 markets. These events are driven by industry, region, organizational role and current hot topics, enabling attending delegates to address current issues and trends, learn from one another, network and generate key takeaways. CDM Media is headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York City and Cardiff, U.K.

Meet Jamie!

CDM Media employees come from all over the world and from different educational backgrounds. We want to not only celebrate the diversity and successes within our company, but share them! We will be starting to highlight some of our team’s success stories, starting with Relationship Manager, Jamie!

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Q: What was your major in college?
A: I double majored in Global Studies and Spanish at the University of Illinois.

Q: Did you have a plan to go into sales? If not, would you say sales was a good move for you?
A: I really didn’t plan on going into sales! While searching for jobs during my senior year, I was careful to find something that sounded like me on paper. I came across CDM Media, and while I did not have a background in B2B sales, I thought it seemed like a lot of fun. And I was right. The environment is fun and exciting, and there are new opportunities every day to grow as a salesperson. But more than anything, it’s been a fantastic learning experience. Not only have I learned about such an incredible and rapidly growing industry, but I’ve also developed numerous useful skills as a young, new professional.

Q: How long have you been with CDM Media? What did you notice right away when you started?
A: I’ve been with the company about 10 months. I started just two weeks after graduating! I quickly noticed everyone in the office is really helpful when you need it, which is great because I love to ask questions!

Q: You just won a trip to Aspen through CDM Media – tell us about it!
A: The Trip to Aspen was amazing! I got to bring a guest and we had a blast! We aren’t big skiers but loved spending time exploring downtown Aspen and trying out new restaurants. Aspen is so beautiful and so was the resort. It was such a nice, relaxing extended weekend! I felt privileged to have already won such an incredible trip!

Interested in joining our team? Apply here.

Favorite Event Venues

Finding the perfect venue for an event that will not only meet the expectations of your attendees but also look the part can be difficult but with 80 annual summits, CDM Media has this perfected. While we use venues from San Francisco to Paris to Cape Town and everywhere in between, we definitely have our favorites!

With the help of our event management and delegation teams, we have narrowed down the list to our top 5 favorite venues!

1. Ritz-Carlton Montreal: Fun fact – the Ritz-Carlton Montreal was the first Ritz-Carlton built! Our team all agreed this was their favorite venue! Not only does it have a historic presence but is also top-notch with their customer service.

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2. The Landmark London: This luxury hotel is one of the most popular 5 star hotels in London and among our events team. The combination of British elegance and amazing facilities has us swoon!

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3. The Westin Paris – Vendome: What’s not to love about Paris? Especially if you’re staying at the Westin Paris. It’s centrally-located and is walking distance from shopping and sightseeing. This hotel mixes Parisian chic with modern design and technology.

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4. The Phoenician: This award-winning luxury resort has our hearts! Not only is the weather superb but the view is amazing! Guests can enjoy the exquisite gold course, also!

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5. JW Marriott Chicago: Located in one of the world’s most powerful financial districts and in the heart of one of the largest cities in the U.S., the JW Marriott Chicago is a downtown favorite. This landmark Chicago luxury hotel displays the renowned architecture of world-famous Daniel Burnham.

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Find out where else our CDM Media team travels for our global portfolio of events here!

Top 5 Travel Accessories

If you’re hyper-organized and a frequent-flyer like the gals from our Client Services Event Management team, you know all the tricks of the trade for efficient and stress-free traveling! In case you’re not, we have broken it down to the top five most valuable travel accessories, according to Event Manager Kelsey Freese.

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1. Portable phone charger: “We always carry fully-charged portable phone chargers with us to the airport. A dead phone is not an option! Plus, they barely take up any space in my purse or carry-on.”

2. Something cozy: “A scarf that doubles as a blanket is the perfect item to keep you comfortable and warm in the airport and during the plane ride.”

3. Vitamin C: “I always make sure to not only drink Emergen-C before traveling but I pack a few packets, too! It’s inevitable one of us usually gets sick after travelling but this helps keep us healthy and moving.”

4. In-flight entertainment: “Before I head to the airport, I double check that I have my headphones and my iPad. The other girls bring their books, too. We make sure we have something to keep us entertained.”

5. Refillable water bottle: “If you’re an avid traveler, you’re probably spending quite a bit of money on water bottles and snacks. I always have an empty refillable water bottle in tote. After security, I fill it up and avoid purchasing a bottled water. I bring my own snacks, too!”

 

Curious about where our team is globe trotting to around the world? Check out our global portfolio of summits here!

Increase Your Attendees’ Engagement

Being at an event isn’t enough. At CDM Media, we want participants and attendees to truly soak in information, their surroundings and absorb the forward-thinking ideas being presented to them. So what’s in our bag of tricks for helping keeping attendees engaged? We’re happy to share with you!

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1. Keep presentations interactive: We love for our speakers, presenters and moderators to keep the attendees in the audience engaged by asking their opinions, ideas and current issues.

2. Brainstorm as a group: The presenter doesn’t have to be the only one sharing forward-thinking ideas at our sessions. We love for attendees from different companies to speak up and provide feedback, thoughts and brainstorm topics.

3. Keep things moving: Avoid downtime for attendees during sessions. Keep the sessions moving with conversation, debriefs and good transitional topics.

4. Break up the session-style: If you’re doing a PowerPoint presentation with one presenter, try mixing it up the next session so your attendees remain stimulated and help keep boredom at bay. Implementing 1-on-1 meetings helps change up the day, as well.

5. Know your audience: Keep the attendees in mind when creating your presentations and choose information that will be relevant and attention-catching for them.

6. Attention-grabbing graphics: We’ve learned from Dona Wong, author of Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don’ts of Presenting Data, Facts and Figures, whether it’s choosing the best chart form for data, using colors gracefully or limiting the number of graphics per slide, be selective to maximize a lasting impression.

Walking for Awareness

CDM Media’s Matt Rymon, of our Cardiff office, has set out on a goal to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer, a disease his father was recently diagnosed with.

Matt will be walking five miles a day for a month, totaling 150 miles, and raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.  Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. They help find answers by funding ground-breaking research and lead change by raising the profile of the disease and improving care.

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Matt’s goal is to raise £250.00 and you can donate to help him reach that goal here! Help Matt reach his goal AND show support for Prostate Cancer UK. CDM Media is behind you, Matt!

Introducing Fitness in the Office!

In an effort to promote employee wellness and productivity CDM Media has brought in four new exercise desks to be placed around the office.

With the grey winter months among us, the CDM employees are encouraged to maintain their energy levels and focus by doing some light exercise on these new stationary bikes. The nudge to get healthier and more energetic comes from our CEO, Glenn Willis, who is hoping to establish a fit-friendly work environment.

Grab your laptop, hop on and enjoy the ride, CDMers!

To follow our office updates, be sure to like us on Facebook!

IT Support guru, Bennett Baker, tests out one of the new four Fit Desks.

IT Support guru, Bennett Baker, tests out one of the new four Fit Desks.