Next Meeting Thursday, September 10th, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Eastern)

The CI-ISSA chapter meetings will go on as planned this month. Registered attendees will receive Zoom meeting details the day of the event. Going Remote!

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First  Presentation: A Practical Guide to Identity Centric Zero Trust

Speaker: Eric Avigdor, Directory of Product Management IAM Global Market Owner – Thales


Now that working from home has become the new normal, organizations are facing increasing complexities around secure access to cloud applications. Constraints in scaling legacy on-premises solutions, lack of visibility, as well as the threat of data breaches are hindering enterprises from being able to fully benefit from cloud efficiencies. Identity centric zero trust security can provide a practical approach to addressing these challenges and can offer a blueprint for organizations that need to rethink their IAM strategy as they expand their cloud adoption.

Speaker Bio:

Eric Avigdor is a Senior Director of Product Management at Thales. He manages business and Go To Market strategy for Thales’ Identity & Access Management business.

In this role Eric oversees Global growth and expansion activities for Thales’ Access Management and Authentication portfolio.

In his 20 years in the industry, most of which in the cyber security space, Eric has led R&D, Business development and Product Management teams.

Second Presentation: Commodification of Cyber Capabilities: A Grand Cyber Arms Bazaa

Speaker: Guillermo Christensen, Partner Ice Miller


The proliferation and commodification of cyber offensive capabilities, through emergence of a “grand cyber arms bazaar,” is reshaping the cyber balance of power, enabling an expanded array of actors to use cyber for geopolitical impact or economic gain.This session will discuss the growing range of actors and explore the current dearth of deterrence, lack of redlines, and inherent unintended consequences of cyber engagement.Attendees will learn how proliferation of cyber capabilities change the cyber threat landscape, how they can prioritize among an expanding array of threat actors who have access to sophisticated technical capabilities, what policy challenges may arise from cyber proliferation, and what are some alternative outcomes for the trends identified.

Speaker Bio:

Guillermo Christensen is a partner at Ice Miller LLP. He combines his experience as a former CIA intelligence officer, a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State and an attorney in the private sector to shape and inform the advice he provides to clients on various enterprise risks involving cybersecurity, national security and complex international business matters. Guillermo integrates his international investigation experience with technical knowledge to deal with the challenges of conducting information security risk assessments that take a “whole of company” approach to managing responses to security incidents and breaches, including those where a nation-state or insider threat may be involved. Guillermo also counsels clients in mergers and acquisitions and investments into the U.S. that have national security implications and may require review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In the CFIUS context, Guillermo has worked in particular on high-technology, defense sector and critical infrastructure deals involving China, Russia, the Middle East and Europe.