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By Courtney Theim
Tue | Sep 12, 2017 | 2:21 PM PDT

Imagine being a CISO for an entire state. Not only are you charged with the protection of government data, but an entire state's worth of information relating to businesses, schools, and local organizations.

Michael Roling, the CISO for the state of Missouri, will be keynoting at SecureWorld St. Louis on September 20th.

His lunchtime keynote will be on a panel alongside Theresa Frommel, a Network Security Analyst, and Aaron Schubert, Security Infrastructure Manager, both for the state of Missouri.

The panel, titled 'Using Public Data to Alert Organizations of Vulnerabilitieswill focus on a program launched in May of 2016 "to identify vulnerable, Internet connected systems belonging not to just state and local governments, but also to businesses, utilities, and academic institutions across the State of Missouri," according to Roling.

"The overall goal of the program is to identify the most vulnerable, high risk systems that if left insecure, could lead to disruptions within our critical infrastructure or significant data loss of citizen, student, and customer data," he adds.

It's also important to the program to have a system in place that allows owners' of compromised systems to be contacted, and to show a plan for risk reduction over time.

Of the panel, Roling says, "Attendees will gain insight to the ease of identifying vulnerabilities within their networks and partner networks without performing a single scan. They may be surprised to hear about the similarities between public health and cyber as well."

As vulnerabilities often lie undetected for months or even years, it's important to know what's on your network before the bad guys do.

"Now more than ever it is vital that we work together in sharing information about bad actors and the vulnerabilities they’re leveraging," says Roling.

You can register now for SecureWorld St. Louis and also view the complete agenda as the panel presented by the state of Missouri draws closer.
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