Cybersecurity in the Enterprise & COVID-19

Topics Covered:

  • How are attackers trying the exploit the current crisis? Specific examples around spoofing, etc.
  • How does the threat model change when dealing with remote workers?
  • How can an enterprise provide protection to remote workers?
  • How do cyber teams maintain visibility, given the massive amounts of remote working?
  • Learnings in a crisis
  • How can an enterprise use suddenly-remote workers to move towards zero trust and other long term security objectives?
  • Conversations that are happening between c-level management, boards and CISOs
  • What advice should cyber leaders be giving their remote workers right now?
  • Vulnerabilities in the cloud at this time
  • ...and much more.

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James Kaplan

James leads McKinsey's capabilities in global IT infrastructure and cybersecurity, which helps large institutions in implementing cyber-security strategies, conducting cyber-war games, optimizing enterprise infrastructure environments, and exploiting cloud technologies.  

His recent client projects include:

  • an infrastructure performance transformation for a major North America financial institution which will reduce run rate costs by $120 million through lean operational improvements, technology demand management, and improved software procurement
  • a cybersecurity war gaming program for major global financial institution that resulted in enhanced, integrated incident response capabilities
  • a data center strategy for a major North American health care services provider
  • a $300 million core-technology transformation program for a healthcare-products company
  • a $100 million demand-management program for a financial institution, developing the technology strategy for a major Internet carrier
  • a $650 million infrastructure transformation for a major global financial institution

James led McKinsey's collaboration with the World Economic Forum on "Risk & Responsibility in a Hyper-Connected World," which was presented at a recent Annual Meeting in Davos. He has published on a variety of technology topics in the McKinsey Quarterly, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review Blog Network. James is co-author of the book Beyond Cybersecurity:  Protecting Your Digital Business, (Wiley, April 2015).

Ryan Kalember

With almost 20 years of experience in the information security industry, Mr. Kalember currently leads cybersecurity strategy for Proofpoint and is a sought-out expert for leadership and commentary on breaches and best practices. His global team of security experts ensures that Proofpoint’s customers have consistent insight into the attacks that target their people.

Mr. Kalember joined Proofpoint from WatchDox where he served as both chief product officer and CMO, leading the development of pioneering data-centric security solutions through to the company’s acquisition. Previously, Ryan ran solutions across HP’s portfolio of security products, was director of product strategy at ArcSight, and held a variety of positions at VeriSign, including EMEA regional manager and senior product manager. Early in his career, Ryan was a security practitioner, helping build many leading security organizations and security operations centers (SOCs) around the world. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, where he studied fault tolerance, cryptography, and authentication algorithms.


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