CSA-LA Chapter Happenings for 2017 Arrow to Content

Wow, what a fast year it’s been! And now its nearly over. Here’s a quick recap for some of the highlights that I can recall.

Here’s the elected Board of Directors for 2017:

  • Kris Rides  President
  • Steve Weltman Dir of Communications
  • Kenny Totrakarn Director of Finance
  • Harry Wan Secretary
  • Danielle Kingsbury Dir of membership
  • Michael Schell Dir of sponsorship
  • Roy Zarate Dir of Education
  • Andrew Robinson Co-Director of Research
  • Sateesh Bolloju Co-Director of Research
  • Cameron Khani  Director of meeting organization 
  • Aaron Guzman Dir of Special Projects
  • Aryan Guenthner Director of Presentations

Jan Chapter Meeting was pretty good.  We had 55 people present and we met at Verizon Digital Media Services.  They’ve been great and we appreciate their continued partnership as a host location.  I presented on some of the business implications of a cloud based identity and access solution for a large financial services company.  Our meeting sponsor Centrify was well represented and brought some excellent food with them.  Thank you Steve from Centrify for sponsoring!

February 2017  We had a meeting at Cornerstone on Demand with 47 people in attendance. Our presenter, Bill Holden is an expert with Cyber Risk Insurance services and presented on the complexities of data assurance.

March 2017 We were fortunate again to be hosted by Cornerstone on Demand with about 44 people in attendance.  Our presenter, Charles Johnson, InfoSec Solutions Architect, AlertLogic presented on ‘What to focus on while securing workloads in the cloud’. After, there was an excellent Q&A session covering a multitude of topics.

April 2017 We were promised an authentic Hawaiian Luau however this did not come of fruition (Something about the Fire Marshall orders and a fire pit inside of Verizon Digital Media’s location).  Our speaker, Munya Kanaventi the Sr. Director Information Security Management at Sony DADC New Media Solutions presented on How key management could be used to avoid security risks in cloud based applications and infrastructure services.

Fast forward to September 2017, and the CSA-LA was hosted again by Verizon Digital Media Services.  Our new Diamond Sponsor, CyberArk sent their best and brightest to present on ‘Credential Management in Ephemeral Environments’. Evan Litwak was an amazing presenter and the location hosted 32 people for this meeting. Thank you again, CyberArk!


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