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Sunday, April 15 • 11:40am - 12:10pm
Overcoming obstacles in operationalizing security: A tale from the trenches

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So you got an offer letter to manage or lead a security team at a startup. You create a lofty security strategy that encompasses all of the advice you got from your peers together with textbook security principles. As you roll up your sleeves and get going, you quickly realize that an ambitious strategy, even when combined with genuine security expertise and advice, won’t take you too far if it does not anticipate all the obstacles you are likely to face. And this is where the rubber meets the road.

This talk will describe some of these obstacles, contrasting the textbook strategies often discussed or written about with the real world challenges faced by security teams, particularly at smaller startups. It is based on actual first few months of a startup CISO on the job, chronicling the experiences related to operationalizing the security strategy while battling limited budgets, vendor fatigue, and talent shortage. Using illustrative scenarios, it will guide security professionals on what challenges to anticipate when implementing their security strategy, and provide practical pointers on how and when to make sensible trade-offs.

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Rafae Bhatti

Head of Security and Privacy, HealthTap
Rafae is the Head of Security and Privacy at HealthTap, a startup on a mission to deliver healthcare for everyone- at the right time, right place, and right cost. He is responsible for building a metrics-based security program on a limited budget, creating and executing a security... Read More →

Sunday April 15, 2018 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
City View - Presidio