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April 1st, 2014 – Secunia – 3rd Party Patching w/ System Center & Sami Laiho- Proactive Security in Windows environments

Written by Ed Horley
Monday, 17 March 2014 22:15

Meeting Date and Time: April 1st, 2014 – 6:30pm

Sponsor Topic: How to Hit a Moving Target – Vulnerability Intelligence for 3rd Party Patching
Do you know what software applications need updating in your system today?  Once you identify, how are you creating and deploying these patches in your system? With nearly 76% of vulnerabilities coming exclusively from 3rd party software applications, it’s more important than ever to patch everything in your environment.

In this session we will go through how vulnerability intelligence can help you prioritize what patches are most important for your environment based on your security risks.  Plus, we will demo how you can create and deploy third party patches through Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Center 2012.

Founded in 2002, Secunia is the leading provider of IT security solutions that help businesses and private individuals globally manage and control vulnerability threats, risks across their networks, and end-points. This is enabled by Secunia’s award-winning Vulnerability Intelligence, Vulnerability Assessment, and Patch Management solutions that ensure optimal and cost-effective protection of critical information assets.

Sponsor Presenter Bio: Meaghan McKeown, Director, Business Development, Secunia
Meaghan has been with Secunia since 2009, currently managing Enterprise accounts and business development.  She started at the Secunia headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, and moved to Minneapolis, MN in January 2013 to help launch the first North American office.  Prior to Secunia, Meaghan conducted project management and sales within the media industry.  She graduating from American University in Washington DC with a Bachelors in BA – Economics of Developing Countries, and recently completed an Executive MBA at Copenhagen’s AVT Business school.

Technical Presenter Topic: Proactive Security in Windows environments
Did you see the news about the latest zero-day attack using RTF-files? Yet again an example where no harm is done if you have your proactive security measures in place. In fact all biggest zero-attacks in the last decade have been of such nature that even without an anti-malware solution you could have avoided the worst consequences if you just had you proactive security done right. If a user has admin rights he/she can turn of the protective measures so this is the most important thing to do right and get rid of the excessive user permission. You can control admins with policies can’t you? No, you cannot, and in this session you’ll see how admins can turn of all policies in a heartbeat. After you’ve done with getting rid of admin rights you need to implement stuff like firewalls, IPsec, Software Resctriction policies and disk encryption. And Yes you also need a reactive solution like an anti-malware on top the more important proactive measures. Reactive security reacts to found threats as proactive prevents you from getting them in the first place. Join this session and see one of the leading OS and Security Experts Sami Laiho show you how to build a proactive security solution that’s always up to date and not relying on someone else finding fingerprints and keeping your security up to date!

Technical Presenter Bio: Sami LaihoDSC_7303Sami Laiho is one of the world’s leading professionals in the Windows OS. He has been working with and teaching OS troubleshooting, management and security for more than 15 years. Sami’s session was evaluated as the best session and Sami as the best speaker in TechEd Australia 2013. Sami’s session in TechEd Europe 2013 was evaluated as the best session by an external speaker. Sami is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Expert-ITPro category and frequent public speaker at major technical conferences around the world.

Giveaway: Regular items – Update! Secunia will be doing a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift card

REMINDER: RSVP so we know how much pizza to order! Food arrives between 5:30 and 6pm.

We will also have a LiveStream of the meeting. There is no guarantee on how this will work out given we are still learning! The LiveStream event will be up at:


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