October 30–31, 2016: Training
October 31–November 2, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Ignite Security (sponsored by GitHub)

Andrew Kalat (Elavon), Jerry Bell (Stelesys)
5:00pm–6:30pm Monday, 10/31/2016
Location: Rendezvous Trianon
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)

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If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you pitch a project? Launch a website? Teach a hack? We’ll find out some of the interesting things members of our community are working on and thinking about at Ignite Security 2016. Light appetizers and beverages will be served, and presentations will begin promptly at 5:30pm.

Ignite presentations

Connecting security and community (sponsored by GitHub)
Jamesha Fisher

Jamesha, a security operations engineer at GitHub, explores security, how it connects to the real world, and why it’s important as we move forward in cyber defense, weaving in personal and professional stories from the front lines along the way.

Don’t be a hero
Brendan O’Connor

Swinging swords, slaying beasts, drinking Red Bull, and coding through a weekend: life at a startup is exciting and free from rules. When you get your first security audit and have to establish policies and compliance, you may find your sword hand itchy. Are the good times over? No, something even better comes next. Brendan explains how to stop being a hero-based organization and build things that will outlive you.

Shift the cyber-education paradigm
Don Debolt

The cybersecurity unemployment rate has dropped to zero. The information security profession is growing at a rate of 36.5%. Companies are forced to hire subpar, unprepared candidates. Employees lack currency, relevant analytic skills, and recent, practical experience. A focus on individual certification is leading to obsolescence. The industry training model needs to change, but how? Don explains.

Why should I care? Communicating security through an organization
Amber Lee

Why should CEO Sally, Bob the accountant, and the tens or thousands of other people in your organization care about security? Amber talks about how to find the “whys” and improve the security posture of your entire organization with more than just HIDS and NIDS, covering financial, compliance, and other drivers to communicate the need for security in your organization from bottom to top.

Forget Iron Man; it’s J.A.R.V.I.S. to the rescue
Ahmed Masud

From eliminating complexity to making advanced capabilities accessible to nontechnical users, natural language interfaces augmented with AI-driven backends that understand cyber goals may be the answer to making cybersecurity manageable, accessible and affordable.

Crazy like a fox: Ideas that just might work
Jan Schaumann

“That would never work in our organization”; “Yeah, right, that’d be nice”; “You’re nuts.”—just a few reactions to some of the ideas Jan has come up with trying to meaningfully reduce the attack surface in large corporations. Spending big bucks on outside consultants to have them tell your CISO what you’ve been proposing for years is just one out of a full bag of weird tricks.

Better research skills for better threat intelligence
Tracy Maleeff

Stop throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks—essentially what you are doing when you type random words into a Google search box. Trained librarian Tracy shares advanced research techniques on how to craft searches to yield optimal results. Get tips and tricks to pull information out of search engines, social media, and more.

Let’s get rid of the code bloat (for security)

Collin Mulliner
Why keep a knife around when you eat soup?! Why keep code around that you don’t use that will only be handy to your adversary. Collin raises the issue of shared-library-based unnecessary code bloat found in most common software today and offers some ideas on how to get rid of it.

Ignite Karaoke
Join the fun and volunteer to present a short, impromptu presentation!

Ignite hosts

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Andrew Kalat


Andrew Kalat has been in the information security field for over 20 years, working in many roles, including operations, architecture, sales engineering, and consulting. Andrew currently works as a security architect at Elavon and is the cohost of the Defensive Security podcast with Jerry Bell.

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Jerry Bell


Jerry Bell has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, holding a variety of roles, including executive IT security positions at both Internet Security Systems and IBM. Jerry founded and cohosts the Defensive Security Podcast with Andrew Kalat.