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June VEF Participant Wins a Kindle Fire

Posted June 21, 2012    Sarah Lieber

As you all know, every month we host our Vulnerability Expert Forum (VEF) webinar. This is a time where our experts share valuable insight regarding new vulnerabilities that are discovered and the actions that need to be taken as a result. It’s a quick way to get up to speed on current potential risks to your organization and a way to explore the impact that high-risk vulnerabilities and exploits have on network environments and infrastructures. BeyondTrust is committed to helping security administrators reduce the workload they face by making this information easily accessible and by clearly presenting all required information to our audience.

If you haven’t attended a VEF before, I encourage you to sign up and join our next one in July. Not only will you receive a complete analysis of recently announced critical vulnerabilities from Microsoft and other software vendors but you could potentially win a Kindle product from us!

Our June winner, Greg Brinkman, was awarded with a new Amazon Kindle Fire for participating in our discussion earlier this month. Here’s a little bit more about Greg and what he had to say about BeyondTrust’s VEF:

Greg has been in the IT Security field for over 10 years, managing several Air Force and Department of Energy Security teams along the way.  He also acted for a Security Consultant for several years for Mid and Large sized companies throughout the Midwest.  He has his CISSP, CISA, and FITSP certifications and recently passed the test to become a GIAC certified Penetration tester.  He is currently the Regional Information Security Coordinator for Munich Re, the largest reinsurance company in the world.

One of the biggest issues I’ve seen in recent years is that companies will invest in great SIEM and logging tools, but never ramp up their teams to be able to fully support them.  The tools are only effective if you have someone that can understand the alerts that are coming out of them and can take action on them.  Without the personnel to do this, those systems aren’t to alert you that someone is pilfering your network.

Again, congrats to Greg and thank you to all for being continued supporters of BeyondTrust and security for all. Don’t forget to join us at our next VEF and you too could possibly take home a new Kindle product! Sign up here.

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