In Person – August 17, 2021 | Membership Meeting


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Event Details

You must be registered by 8/13/2021 to attend in person! 

Date: August 17, 2021

Start time: 8:30 a.m. EDT

End time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Venue:  Urban Centre Towers, 123 S West Shore Blvd, 8th floor, Tampa FL 33609

Meeting Agenda

Event Sponsor: Cirrus
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introduction of Speakers and Topics - Moderator Ray Secrest

9:10 Speaker 1 – Kristen Bell, Guidepoint Security
9:55 Break

10:05 Speaker 2 – Eric Arnst, Tanium
10:50 Break

11:00 Speaker 3 – Dan Lasher, Tech Data
11:45 Lunch

11:55 Speaker 4 – David Hagen, TPX Communications

12:40 Closing Remarks – Joe Rezendes

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by our new sponsor, Cirrus Telecomm

Raising the AppSec Bar

Kristen Bell, Senior Manager of Application Security Engineering, GuidePoint Security
Abstract:  This talk is geared towards the "secret sauce" and how to accomplish all of the todos within the SAMM effectively and successfully. If you look at SAMM as the ingredients, this talk dives into the actual recipe. The focus is to bridge the gap between AppSec and Development by creating a cultural shift where the role of AppSec is teacher/mentor versus auditor. There will also be a focus on how to maintain the momentum of AppSec Program maturity over time through some tried and true tips and tricks.

Bio:  Kristen Bell is the Senior Manager of Application Security Engineering for GuidePoint Security. She has been in the Application Security industry for over 16 years, with prior experience as a developer. Before joining GuidePoint, she consulted for numerous companies performing application security services. Kristen’s background includes work in the government sector, building application security programs, and providing guidance in secure application design.

Kristen’s experience also includes conducting application security assessments and database security reviews, secure SDLC consulting, as well as working with clients to improve their enterprise vulnerability management. Her ability to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical people, coupled with her strong interpersonal skills, has made Kristen a strong champion for application security frameworks and controls for her customers.

Cyber Hygiene 101- Best Practices

Eric Arnst, Technical Solutions Engineer, Tanium
Abstract: With all of the recent attention being on ransomware, Eric has been on the inside working on a process to give companies a better understanding of how and where to address issues in their security posture.  Eric will share what is working today, how to effectively lay out a plan to improve your security posture, and threat hunting strategies in your environment.  Eric will also be answering questions from those in attendance.

Bio: Prior enlisted, results-driven IT professional with 15 years experience in the administration, support and design of information systems. Proven ability to lead and motivate teams to ensure success. Exceptional track record for diagnosing complex problems and consistently delivering effective solutions.

Insights From a CISO- Building an Implementable Plan

Dan Lasher, Chief Information Security Officer,  Tech Data
Abstract:  Insights and an overview of the security program of a large multi-national company with revenues in excess of $38B will be provided to the Infragard Tampa Chapter.  Tech Data Corporation’s CISO will share a high level overview of its program to drive an interesting and healthy Q&A discussion of its program, controls, processes and with a concentration on Ransomware mitigation techniques.

Bio:  Dan Lasher has been with Tech Data Corporation for 29 years and serves the company’s Chief Information Security Officer.

In this global role his responsibilities include the protection of a $38B high tech distributor with operations in 110 countries, handles technical merger and acquisition activities, partners with business and innovation leaders to ensure digital transformation and a rapidly expanding business model remain secure and agile.  Dan’s security organization drives the strategy and implementation of the security controls throughout the enterprise with teams dedicated in specialty areas of: Identity and Access Management, Cyber Defense Center, Third Party Risk Management, Information Protection and Management, Incident Response, Red Teams, Penetration Testing, DevSecOps, Security Awareness and standards enforcement.

In prior roles at Tech Data, Dan was the Chief Architect of the Digital and Enterprise platforms responsible for the definition, optimization and governance of the global technology strategy.  This was accomplished with collaboration with business and IT stakeholders, vendors and resellers to identify solutions, ensuring global alignment and time to market efficiency.   Additionally the charter included ensuring engineering standards were met for scalability, fault-tolerance, performance, security, data harmonization and related architectural tenants.

Dan is credited with a number of Innovation firsts at Tech Data.  He brought to market Tech Data’s first EDI capabilities, is the founder of Tech Data’s web presence and associated web based automation and configuration tools.  He lead the development of Tech Data’s cloud solutions platform, StreamOne, which leverages hyper-convergence, SDx technologies and a powerful services-driven architecture to offer advanced SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS provisioning.

Dan is also responsible for the M&A execution, most recently leading the successful execution of migrating the Technology Solutions data center and integrating 96 offices from Avnet acquisition, a $18 billion services business, while ensuring data privacy and cybersecurity objectives were met with no disruption to operational SLA’s.

Dan serves in many community organizations including Exploratory Labs and various CISO user groups. He also serves on the board of directors for the Tampa Bay Technology (TBT) and serves on the advisory board for the University of South Florida.  Dan holds a number of certifications in enterprise architecture, cybersecurity and technical practice areas.

Dan recently was awarded Tampa Bay’s Technology Leader of the Year in 2019.


Securing the WAN/LAN/Cloud Ecosystem

David Hagen, Technology Evangelist, TPx Communications
Abstract: David will provide some interesting information in regards to WAN/LAN/Cloud security in regards to recent known events.

Bio: For over 30 years’ David has always been on the forefront of innovative technology. His deep experience encompasses; Software Development, IT Consulting, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Software-defined networking, Business Continuity Planning, VoIP, and Sales Leadership.

His achievements include cultivating a computer programming solution savvy enough to build and manage his own cutting-edge IT consulting group. This consulting group specialized in Oil & Gas Accounting systems, Open Systems migrations, ERP systems and custom software development. David also founded a large Internet Service Provider, connecting over 2300 business to the Internet throughout Texas.

His passion in the industry has allowed him to witness and experience the digital transformation of technology and delivery of services in this emerging market. He instills this know-how by mentoring and fostering internal TPx sales teams and channel partners with a deep understanding of the values associated with managed security services.



Date: August 17, 2021

Start time: 08:30 a.m. EDT

End time: 01:00 p.m. EDT

Venue: Urban Centre Towers, 123 S West Shore Blvd, 8th floor, Tampa FL 33609