FOCUS 15 Top 5 Picks

Our 8th annual security conference is right around the corner, returning once more to the fabulous Las Vegas. In just a few weeks, security experts from all over the world will meet at the Venetian to network and learn about the latest and most innovative ways to fend off cyber attacks.

Registration is open for the conference, which runs from October 26th-28th. With over 90 sessions in 13 different tracks, four amazing keynote speakers, a series of engaging Turbo Talks and a private concert — there is something for everyone at FOCUS 15.

Before you make your way to Las Vegas, remember to build out your schedule on the FOCUS 15 website and download the FOCUS 15 Mobile App for on-the-go access to session details. For those of you who need help narrowing it down, here are some of our top picks for this year’s event.

 

1.) Keynote speaker: Malcolm Gladwell

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Prolific writer and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell will be one of several talented keynote speakers at this year’s FOCUS conference. He is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — from The Tipping Point to David and Goliath. Other FOCUS 15 keynote speakers include SVP and GM of Intel Security Group, Chris Young, Brian Dye, Corporate VP of Intel Security Group, and last but certainly not least, Steve Grobman, CTO of Intel Security Group.

 

2.) Deep Dive Panel: Ask the Hackers (Track 1— Disrupting Targeted Attacks)

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There are over 90 breakout sessions this year — more options than ever before to choose from. One of our top picks for FOCUS 15 is ‘Ask the Hackers,’ an interactive panel of Foundstone practice consultants who conduct security testing for Fortune 500 companies all over the world. This panel will answer audience questions on methods used by hackers to gain network footholds, exploit web and mobile apps, break into buildings, reverse engineer hardware and more. ‘Ask the Hackers’ is taking place on Tuesday, October 27 from 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM in Room 6 Titian 2206-2306.

 

Other sessions in the Disrupting Targeted Attacks track include:

 

Monday
6:30 PM – 6:50 PM
Turbo Talk: Quit Yanking My Kill Chain!
Tuesday
12:30 PM – 12:50 PM
Turbo Talk: Quit Yanking My Kill Chain!
Tuesday
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Frontiers in Attack Analytics
Wednesday
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Deep Dive: Targeted Attack Trends and Detection Capabilities
Wednesday
12:30 PM – 12:50 PM
Turbo Talk: Quit Yanking My Cyber-Attack Chain!
Wednesday
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Using the Cyber-Attack Chain to Make Intelligent IT Decisions
Wednesday
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Compressing Incident Response with Security Connected
Wednesday
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Incident Response Agility

 

3.) Intel Security Solutions Architecture for the Internet of Things Era (Track 5— Securing the Internet of Things)

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Another one of our breakout session picks examines the ever growing Internet of Things (IoT), and the ways in which Intel Security provides top-notch network protection for gateways and devices. Speaker Jan Krueger will explore solutions that implement Intel’s IoT platform architecture from end-to-end. This panel is taking place on Wednesday, October 28 from 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM in Room 8 Veronese 2403.

 

Other sessions in the Securing the Internet of Things track include:

 

Monday
6:00 PM – 6:20 PM
Turbo Talk: Enhanced Privacy ID Fundamentals
Tuesday
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Deep Dive: Applying IoT Security Controls to Healthcare & Industrial
Tuesday
12:00 PM – 12:20 PM
Turbo Talk: Enhanced Privacy ID Fundamentals
Wednesday
12:00 PM – 12:20 PM
Turbo Talk: Enhanced Privacy ID Fundamentals
Wednesday
3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
The Industrial Internet of Things—Building Safe & Manageable Networks

 

4.) The Sponsor Expo

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FOCUS 15 is not only an amazing opportunity for security professionals to come together and learn the latest information, it is also a place to network. The FOCUS Sponsor Expo is open daily to meet fellow security professionals, ask questions and discuss technology with key players — all in one location. Within the Expo Hall are our popular speed sessions; Turbo Talks. These 20-minute mini-lectures given by subject matter experts provide visual deep dives into various security issues. Make sure to refer to the schedule in the mobile app to select your can’t-miss talks.

 

The Sponsor Expo hours this year are:

 

Monday, October 26

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sponsor Expo Open
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Welcome Reception
(All sponsor booths will be open during the reception)

 

Tuesday, October 27

11:30 am – 3:00 pm Sponsor Expo Open
(Lunch in the Expo Hall from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm)

 

Wednesday, October 28

11:30 am – 3:00 pm Sponsor Expo Open
(Lunch in the Expo Hall from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm)

 

5.) Private concert: Alter Ego at the Hard Rock

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Returning this year is the always entertaining, always talented cover-band, Alter Ego! This explosive 10-piece party band covers recent songs from Lady Gaga, to fan-favorites like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year, on the final night of FOCUS 15. This special event will be held on Wednesday evening from 7pm-10pm at Hard Rock Casino’s ‘Rehab’ Pool. Once again this year’s party will feature an open bar, plenty of delicious apps, and incredible Tahitian-style cabanas to relax and enjoy the tropical ambiance of this poolside setting.

 

We are so excited for everything that is happening at this year’s FOCUS 15 conference. We’ll be sharing live updates from the show, so be sure to follow the FOCUS conference on Facebook and Twitter, and tag your posts with #FOCUS15.

 

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