Our inaugural LegalSEC Summit Virtual Edition is in the books, and I couldn’t be more pleased about the event.
The engagement before, during, and after sessions was extraordinary! Our member and business partner attendees learned from the speakers and each other, contributing to an incredible environment of education and connections!
Our week started with a fantastic keynote by Dave Kennedy of TrustedSec. He scared us. For most conferences, that might not be a great kickoff. However, for a security conference, it is likely the best kind of message. Dave’s talk spun off conversations throughout the week – another mark of a great keynote!
I was fortunate to be able to attend nearly all our sessions during the week. You can take the Joy out of the Geek, but you can’t take the Geek out of the Joy!
Some of my key takeaways from Day 1 were ….
- The new “abnormal” – and the difficultly of returning to any kind of normal because of the change
- The reminder that people are people and are the biggest security issue and opportunity
- We need to learn, document, practice, and ready ourselves for what is next to come
The most intriguing Day 1 conversation for me was around Shadow IT. With everyone working remotely, shadow IT presents a challenge we can’t ignore. Look for us to tackle that topic in an upcoming “There Are No Experts” roundtable!
We started Day 2 with our annual Women Who Lead “breakfast” (some people may have been eating lunch, but ….). Kaveri Subbarao Nauhaus inspired us to embrace our inner Evil Knievel in her talk about The Daredevil Prescription. Boldly we go!
We then enjoyed another terrific keynote. Mary Singh from Expel provided tremendous insights on taking data (which we have LOTS of in the security world) and turning it into data that we turn into actions. My other takeaway was that it’s not too late to get the horse back in the barn – but we need to realize that is happening and that organizations have been in some cases sacrificing security to keep operations going.
More great sessions on Day 2! We talked about endpoint security in an age where you may not truly own the endpoints, with the additional challenges of multiple peripherals you may not own. And I have a new appreciation for the complexities of identity management in a cloud or hybrid environment. Glad there are so many great tools out there to help!
Alvin Tedjamulia of NetDocuments opened Day 3 with a deep dive into encryption as part of our session on Myth Busting (security style). There was an enormous level of chat during this opening session – and that marked our whole day! DLP and client questionnaires are pain points everywhere. Perhaps the highest engagement session of the day was our wrap-up on free security tools. This shows the best of ILTA with all members of the community engaging to each other’s benefit!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to our LegalSEC Summit Planning Committee, our LegalSEC Steering Committee, our speakers, our sponsors, our staff, and our attendees. It truly takes a village to put on a conference, as well as to make us secure.
I am glad to be in the same village with all of you!
Hope to see you all at ILTA>ON!
— Joy Heath Rush