• David Raviv

Past Event - Feburary/2015

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

Fireside Chat with Michael R. Higgins , Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for NBCUniversal


Mike Higgins is a veteran security executive with more than 20 years of experience in commercial and Federal Government roles. Today Mike serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for NBCUniversal, leading the company’s information security programs.  Previously Mike held executive security positions at The New York Times and LexisNexis.  For more than a decade prior, Mike was an executive security consultant to the Global Fortune 500.


For the last 15 years Mike has been an Adjunct Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and is a currently teaching Capstone Course in the Information Assurance Program at Northeastern University.


Mike holds dual certifications as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and has been awarded the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Medal and Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Awards.


Mike received his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and his Masters’ from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.


The ‘good-guys’ alliance – new era of Collaborative security 


Part of the ability of the ‘Bad guys’ to execute an effective kill-chain comes from their collaboration. Adversaries share information, R&D capabilities, methodologies and offensive tactics on an ongoing basis. On the defensive side – people, enterprises and institutions lack the ability to collaborate effectively due to challenges including, but not limited to lack of trust, shared processes and regulatory obstacles. Comilion is pioneering the collaborative security space and Kobi Freedman, Comilion’s CEO – will introduce the company and its technology at the NY Information Security meetup group.


Kobi Freedman is the CEO and CoFounder of Comilion – a disruptive startup pioneering the global collaborative security space. Prior to Comilion Kobi was also CoFounded and VP Business development of Comitari, a web browsing security start-up. Before launching those cyber endeavors – Kobi was managing security the enterprise IT operations with global financial and industrial corporates. Kobi is also a member of the executive cyber defense forum of Israel and participant in government-private sector sharing policy and methodologies committees.


Four measures that can stop more than 80% of all known attacks


With the recent highly publicized data breaches at Sony, Target, eBay, Hope Depot and JP Morgan Chase, every organization should reevaluate their network security posture against today’s threats to help prevent being the next victim. Companies should not just review existing Firewall, IDS, IPS, AV, etc. as “more of the same” will certainly not generate a different result. What is needed and often overlooked, is a review and understanding of overall network hygiene – it is through effective and complete network hygiene that companies can address most attacks.

In this lecture we will discuss four measures every organization can take to stop 80% of known attacks, how each relates to effective network hygiene, the challenges in implementing them and present some tools and techniques which can make your job easier and your organization much more secure.


Ofer Amitai, CTO, Portnox


As CTO of Portnox Ofer is responsible for the technical vision of the Portnox Platform which delivers making sure it remains a leader in the NAC market. His responsibilities also includes the technology roadmap, integration with technology partners and engineering excellence. Prior to Portnox Ofer co-founded Datanin a leading integrator in Identity and Access Management, acted as Head of Security department in Xpert, was Microsoft Regional Director of Security and has experience of almost a decade in the Israeli Air Force where he founded the IT security team. Ofer holds a B.S. in computer science.


Lacoon Mobile,  Michael Shaulov CEO and co-founder

How Mobile Cyber Security Gaps Putting Your Enterprise at Risk?


Inside smartphones and tablets everywhere lurk advanced threats just waiting for the chance to feed off of your enterprise’s sensitive data. Without the right protection, these threats can become part of a targeted cyberattack to get inside your organization. But you can keep your mobile devices, apps, and networks safe if you know what these threats are and how to protect your company effectively.


In this presentation, Lacoon Mobile Security’s co-founder and CEO Michael Shaulov discusses the changing face of advanced mobile threats. You’ll learn how attacks are becoming more sophisticated, more targeted, and how you can keep cyber criminals from getting inside your company’s virtual walls.


Learn about the types of mobile threats that could put your organization at risk See demos of how mobile attacks compromise MDM, Secure Containers, and non-jailbroken iOS devices Understand practical ways you can strengthen your mobile security strategy See examples of how Lacoon’s Mobile Threat Management Platform makes this possible


Bios – 


Michael Shaulov is CEO and co-founder of Lacoon Mobile Security. He’s responsible for the direction of the company, with a maniacal focus on adding the security organizations need to effectively leverage mobility. He is a recognized industry speaker, delivering talks at RSA Conference, BlackHat USA and Infosec. Prior to founding Lacoon, Michael led the Mobile Intrusive Interception team for the security division of NICE Systems LTD. Before his commercial endeavors, he pioneered the mobile security field in an elite military technological unit, where he received the Israeli Presidential Excellency Honor for his contributions. He holds a BSc in Computer Sciences and Physics from Ben-Gurion University, Israel.


Videos from the meetup: 

The ‘Good-guys’ Alliance – New Era of Collaborative Security 


Four Measures that Can Stop More than 80% of All Known Attacks


How Mobile Cyber Security Gaps Putting Your Enterprise at Risk?



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