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BBLISA was founded in July 1992 to provide a forum for meetings and presentations of interest to system and network administrators in Boston, MA, and the surrounding areas.

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Upcoming Meeting

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Compliance Double Header

Josh Boon PCIP, Walt Williams

Compliance Soup: PCI DSS Condensed
Speaker: Josh Boon PCIP

An overview of PCI DSS 3.0 requirements and definitions. In this talk I'll define types of credit card data and the storage requirements of each, the types of merchants and service providers and the reporting requirements of each, and summary of the twelve requirements of PCI compliance. A participant should be able to take away from this talk the basics of PCI and if it applies take the next steps towards compliance.

Compliance Soup: ISO, ISACA, SSAE, NIST and CSA Oh My!
Speaker: Walt Williams

A brief history of the alphabet soup that is security standards, looking at the goals and scope of each of the commonly sought certifications, applicability of each, challenges in achieving/maintaining and the bang for the buck if you will, or are they worth the time invested. The person shall be able to take away a comparative understanding of the many standards available in Information Security.

Josh Boon has worked across many verticals including higher education and ecommerce primarily as a sysadmin expanding into compliance with a focus on securing credit card data and personally identifiable information. He now works for NutraClick in the role as a senior sysadmin and internal security assessor and consults for other companies in the PCI and PII space.

Walter Williams served as an infrastructure and security architect at firms as diverse as GTE Internetworking, State Street Corp, Teradyne, The Commerce Group and EMC. He has since moved to security management, where he'd served as at IdentityTruth, Passkey and now manages security at Lattice Engines. He is an outspoken proponent of design before build, an advocate of frameworks and standards, and has spoken at Security B-Sides on risk management as the cornerstone of a security architecture. His articles on Security and Service Oriented Architecture have appeared in the Information Security Management Handbook. He sits on the board of directors for the New England ISSA chapter and was a member of the program committee for Metricon8. He has masters degree in Anthropology from Hunter College.

MIT E-51, Room 145
7:00 - Announcements & Introductions
7:30 - Formal presentation


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