Chapter Meeting: COVID-19 Lessons Learned – Panel Discussion


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Social, business and governmental response at scale to COVID-19 is unprecedented in the field of information security. Business Continuity Plans and Pandemic Plans are being activated. Organizational shifts to a remote workforce are ripe for social engineering attacks, phishing and attacks targeting work from home environments. Budgets everywhere are being put under pressure. Yet the expectation to effectively defend the organization remains constant, even in light of increased risk. How are organizations shifting their approach with staff, training, vendors and technology?

Join Portland ISSA for a panel discussion on strategic responses to COVID-19.

Note: Due to the ongoing lock down restrictions in Oregon, this will be a virtual chapter meeting. Pricing for attendance has been reduced.

Speaker bio:

Dr. Travis Paakki –Senior Director, Office of Technology and Information Services, Portland Public Schools

Dr. Travis Paakki is a graduate of Colorado Technical University with a computer science doctorate with a focus on information assurance where he focused on public sector infosec challenges. During the day he is an infosec leader at Portland Public Schools, serving 50,000 students and families. He has worked in IT for 25 years and been an avid cybersecurity researcher and advocate since the age of 12. At night, he teaches masters-level networking and cybersecurity at multiple universities.

Jon Washburn – Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Stoel Rives LLP

Jon Washburn leads Stoel’s information security and governance program, working with the COO and firm counsel to ensure policies, controls, operational processes and training programs reduce IT risk and meet client and regulatory requirements. A resource for Stoel’s Privacy and Data Security practice, he draws on his more than 20 years of experience to assist the team with risk assessments, responding to incidents, identifying policy/process improvements, and evaluating information systems architecture and security controls to determine how well they might reduce the likelihood and impact of a data breach. Outside the office, he spends considerable time volunteering with the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) and the Legal Services Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (LS-ISAO)

Matt Olson – Senior Director of Compliance and Security, Higher Logic

Matt Olson leads the compliance and information security program at Higher Logic. With 20 years of experience running large software as a service (SaaS) operations at scale, Matt brings both a product and enterprise operations focus to information security and compliance for tens of millions of end users. He has experience in security operations management, security architecture, risk assessments, incident response, vendor management, secure software development life cycle (SDLC) best practices, establishment of policy, certification under ISO 27001 and managing audits under SOC 2. Matt currently serves as Portland ISSA chapter Vice President.

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