Every Step Matters - 5 Things you can do right now to start your Zero Trust Journey

with George Finney of Southern Methodist University

Wednesday, Oct 5
Noon ET


As the proverb goes, "a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step," so does your zero trust journey.  Join SMU CISO George Finney, in a discussion with David Cumbow, Education Architect at Palo Alto Networks on the changing nature of cybersecurity and why zero trust is so important to the future of your institutions.  Their discussion will center around what zero trust is (and is not), the importance of building a Zero Trust strategy, and the top five things you can start working on right now.  After attending this session, you will be ready to start making that journey a reality.  

The 5 things:  

  1. Build a cross-functional team that can implement Zero Trust throughout IT  
  2. Understand what "aligning with the business" really means and how Zero Trust can help  
  3. Focus on Identity as the cornerstone of your Zero Trust strategy  
  4. Start using "Protect Surfaces" to bring focus to your Zero Trust implementation  
  5. Start "Logging Everything" to help tailor your controls 

Speaker: George Finney, Chief Information Security Officer, Southern Methodist University

George Finney is a Chief Information Security Officer that believes that people are the key to solving our cybersecurity challenges. George is the bestselling author of several cybersecurity books, including the upcoming book, Project Zero Trust and the Book of the Year Award winning, Well Aware: Master the Nine Cybersecurity Habits to Protect Your Future. George was recognized in 2021 as one of the top 100 CISOs in the world by CISOs Connect and has worked in Cybersecurity for over 20 years and has helped startups, global telecommunications firms, and nonprofits improve their security posture. 

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