Irish Information Security Forum



IISF Chapter Meeting (Co-hosted with SANS) Cybersecurity: It’s a Tools Problem, Isn’t It?
You came with that plan? You’re braver than I thought!

VENUE: Alex Hotel Dublin

ADDRESS: 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2

START TIME: 16:30 
TOPIC#1: CyberSecurity: It’s a Tools Problem, Isn’t It?

TOPIC#2: You came with that plan? You’re braver than I thought! 

SPEAKER(s): Brian Stewart - Artic Wolf, Steve Armstrong - SANS 



Event Closed



 Running Order

16:30 - Welcome Address

16:40: - Presentation#1: Brian Stewart, Artic Wolf
17:05:  ~ Short coffee Break ~
17:15: - Presentation#2: Steve Armstrong, SANS
17:45: - Group Q&A Session
18:00: - Close & Networking
               (finger food & refreshments provided)


cybersecurity effectiveness


CyberSecurity: It’s a Tools Problem, Isn’t It?

Businesses today face an increasingly tough and complex challenge: how to deal with Cyber Risk and avoid being the next cautionary Ransomware tale. The common misconception is that to end Cyber Risk means to add the latest and greatest 'killer' tool or hardware from IT Security Vendors. Whilst those providers offer powerful solutions when it comes to dealing with particular aspects of CyberSecurity, this industry has great tools in abundance already - CyberSecurity doesn't have a tools problem, it has an effectiveness problem. ........



Brian StewartBrian Stewart

Senior Consultant experienced in Enterprise IT with focus on CyberSecurity. Vast experience in Software Defined Infrastructure, modern Storage, CI & HCI platforms, SDS and Data Management. 


- CyberSecurity: Helping customers end Cyber Risk through solving the CyberSecurity effectiveness problem.

- Software Defined Infrastructure, modern Storage, CI & HCI platforms and Software Defined Storage including Vendor solutions such as VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) & vSAN, DellEMC / VCE Vblock / VxBlock / VxRail, HPE Nimble inc. dHCI / Alletra / Primera / 3PAR / SimpliVity, Atlantis USX & HyperScale.

- Data Management solutions such as Commvault, VEEAM, Symantec / Veritas Backup Exec & Enterprise Vault.

- Associated technologies inc. Cloud, Virtualisation, Server infrastructure, SAN/NAS/DAS storage, iSCSI, Fibre Channel, Networking etc.



Cyber Incident Plan

Your Cyber Incident Plan, how does it stack up? 

Most people when asked say they'd love to cyber exercise more but don't know how. The problem with major incident response plans is that they are largely untested. The SOC and IR team may work together to test some aspects but for most organisations, the inherited critical incident plans are largely untested and, more importantly, so are the people. 



Steve ArmstrongSteve Armstrong-Godwin

 Lead of Security Incident Response and Threat Management at Danske Bank and Principal Instructor & LDR553 course Author SANS Institute


Steve Armstrong has worked with SANS since 2004, as an instructor and course author. He was director of Incident Response at Electronic Arts (EA Games) and dealt with complex incidents relating to FIFA, Apex Legends SIMS4, Need for Speed and the Battlefield Franchise. As incident commander of the publicly reported compromise in 2021 he worked alongside law enforcement to identify the culprits and secure arrests. Since 2022, Steve has worked in the Finance sector and has adapted his approach to understand technical risk management in a highly regulated industry.



A frequent speaker at Steelcon, and DefCon (Group DC441452), Steve holds GCIH, GPEN, GCFA, GCDA, GYPC and CISSP certifications. He has appeared on national television and radio discussing cyber security, is regularly quoted in the press.




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