February 16, 2021 | Membership Meeting


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Meeting Agenda

1.   Welcome and  Introduction of Speakers and Topics – Cliff Bragdon
2.   Open Position for Communications Director – Joe Rezendes
3.   Speaker 1 - Erich Kron, Deep Fakes
4.   Break
5.   Speaker 2 - George Avetisov, The Passwordless Decade
6.   Break
7.   Speaker 3 - Frank Parker, Cyber Resilience
8.   Closing Remarks – Joe Rezendes


Lies, Deception and Manipulation: Let's talk about Deepfakes

Erich Kron, KnowBe4
Abstract: Digital image and video manipulation has reached a new level of sophistication. From the simple "Photoshop" to the modern equivalent in video, fakes are becoming more and more difficult to spot. This makes them a great candidate for abuse. For years we have been telling people that what they post on the internet will be there to stay and can have huge ramifications later in life, but what if they don't actually do what is portrayed?

Modern technology can use Machine Learning and AI to dissect videos, extract faces and build virtual models that are used to automatically replace the faces, all while retaining eye blinks and facial expressions. For millions of people, realistic fakes can ruin a career, destroy families and possibly even influence elections. Even if proven fake later, the damage can be irreversible and in this digital age, can last a lifetime.

This session will look at the technology behind creating these fakes, potential attacks using the technology and what is being done to combat this trend and protect us from what even appears to be ourselves.

Bio: Erich Kron, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, is a veteran information security professional with over 20 years’ experience in the medical, aerospace manufacturing and defense fields. He is the former security manager for the US Army's 2nd Regional Cyber Center-Western Hemisphere and holds CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, MCITP and ITIL v3 certifications, among others. Erich has worked with information security professionals around the world to provide the tools, training and educational opportunities to succeed in Information Security.

The Passwordless Decade

George Avetisov, Co-founder & CEO of HYPR
Abstract: As we enter the passwordless decade, more and more organizations are asking the question: How quickly can I move beyond passwords? George Avetisov, CEO of HYPR, will discuss the rise of organizations moving to the cloud, how the perimeter fades and the attack surface gets larger.

Modern tools such as SNIPR and Modlishka make it easier for hackers to launch large-scale automated attacks, bringing credential re-use and two-factor-authentication attacks to record highs. How did we get here, and will mainstream adoption of passwordless security have an impact?
We will explore how the rise of virtual desktop infrastructure has affected workstation login and review how the evolution of authentication has impacted organizations’ identity and access management systems.
In this session, you’ll learn:
• Why is Credential Reuse at All-time Highs?
• How has Authentication Evolved?
• Why this is the Passwordless Decade

Bio: George Avetisov is Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of HYPR, responsible for strategy and execution of the company’s vision. George sets forth the product and technical direction of the company, architects sales and marketing strategies, and works closely with team leads to build strong company culture. Under George’s leadership, HYPR has grown to become a leading provider of decentralized authentication with millions of users secured across the globe. Named Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018, George brings with him a decade of experience in e-commerce, digital payments, and fraud prevention that have served as the foundation for HYPR’s vision.

Hardening Infrastructure and Logistics to Enhance Resilience

Frank Parker, CTO Great Plains Bio-Sciences and Global Aquatic Bio-Systems
Abstract: There is a continuous threat to our infrastructure and logistics system that is vital to support our economy, public well-being and our nation’s habitat. Mobility and the safe and efficient movement of people, goods and services both physically and electronically requires that we maintain a hardened infrastructure 24/7. There appear to be fissures, dysfunctional practices, physical structures, IT systems and organization/management that make our infrastructure/logistics vulnerable, and attractive to asymmetrical warfare. Mitigation controls for our present and future built environment are essential and strategic solutions are presented.

Bio: Frank Parker enjoys a diverse management and technology career serving industrial, utility, and governmental sectors and clients, at the local, state, federal levels. The Federal agencies have included Defense, Energy, Agriculture, Homeland Security and Justice. Professionally he is Chief Technology Officer for Great Plains Bio-Sciences and Global Aquatic Bio-Systems.


Start date: February 16, 2021

Start time: 09:00 a.m. EDT

End time: 12:00 p.m. EDT

Venue: Zoom