CSX 2017 offers solutions to complex cybersecurity issues

This article is sponsored by ISACA


Business security is being threatened by understaffed teams dealing with complex security technologies and the threats posed by a connected world.

By 2020, industry experts predict a shortfall of 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals, according to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study conducted by Frost & Sullivan. In addition, 45 percent of hiring managers report they are struggling to find qualified cybersecurity professionals, and 62 percent of respondents say their organizations lack enough information security professionals.

One way to learn about the scope of the problem and to how find solutions is to attend the CSX 2017 North American Conference, presented by ISACA Oct. 2-4 in Washington, D.C.

Attendees of the CSX conference will learn how to stay on top of the latest cybersecurity trends. They will also be able to enhance their career opportunities by making connections with cyber professionals around the world.

While IT security teams are defending against these attacks, “the average company handles a bombardment of 200,000 security events per day,” wrote Marc van Zadelhoff in a May 4, 2017, article for the Harvard Business Review. He reported that cybercrime is now a $445 billion business.

Finding the next generation of cybersecurity pros

Zadelhoff also referenced the difficulty of finding qualified cybersecurity professionals. To fill the gap, companies must prioritize willingness to learn, skills and knowledge over degrees and career fields that give people their initial work experience.

“Some characteristics of a successful cybersecurity professional simply can’t be taught in a classroom: unbridled curiosity, passion for problem solving, strong ethics, and an understanding of risk,” Zadelhoff wrote. People with these traits can learn the necessary technical skills through on-the-job training, industry certifications and vocational programs. ISACA built the CSX (Cybersecurity Nexus) platform to train professionals based on nearly 50 years of experience educating IT professionals.

An increasingly vital field

Cybersecurity impacts every sector of global commerce and technology, and it is rapidly and constantly evolving. As a result, it is crucial that professionals involved in almost all areas of information systems understand the central concepts that frame and define this increasingly extensive field.

The CSX conference will offer fresh insights to better understand those who launch cyberattacks and to discover solutions to help safeguard the future of your organization.

Professional opportunities

A variety of workshop sessions at the conference include training on defense techniques to be used against various adversary types and exploring the differences between external adversaries and internal threats. Other topics include cybersecurity architecture principles; security of networks systems, applications and data; incident response, and security implications of the adoption of emerging technologies.

Training will increase the personal value of the attendees and provide a competitive advantage for the organizations and enterprises they represent.

Expert insights

Presenters at the conference include:

  • Jared Cohen, founder of Google Ideas and president of Jigsaw, which is the influential technology incubator for Alphabet.
  • Mary Aiken, an expert in cyber behavioral analysis who is involved in cutting-edge research areas, including organized cybercrime, virtual behavioral profiling, human trafficking and cybersecurity.
  • Hector Monsegur, a former hacker who guided cyberattacks on Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Sony and others. Monsegur was arrested and now cooperates with the FBI, providing intelligence on vulnerabilities to prevent future hacks.

The conference is sponsored by ISACA, an independent, nonprofit, global organization dedicated to improved information systems. ISACA stands for Information Systems Audit and Control Association, although the group goes only by its acronym.