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March 31, 2020





650,000-Member Data Connectors Community to hold its first Virtual Cybersecurity Summit in Los Angeles this week; US Secret Service to Deliver Keynote on Agency’s Role in Responding to Financial Threats During Crisis




LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2020  — Data Connectors, representing the largest cybersecurity community in North America, announced today it will hold its first Virtual Cybersecurity Summit. The firm, who has put on physical conferences since 1999, responded quickly to keep scheduled events on track with an immersive, online experience.

“Our community – over 650,000 CISOs and other cybersecurity professionals, has universally expressed appreciation that we will continue to provide opportunities for education and collaboration with government agencies and solution providers,” said Dawn Morrissey, CEO and founder at Data Connectors. “While those executives are homebound amid the coronavirus quarantine, their firms are more concerned than ever about protection from advanced threats—our events are where they come to learn what it takes to stay ahead,” she added.

The 2020 Los Angeles Virtual Cybersecurity Summit takes place this Thursday, April 2nd. While this is the 16th event the firm will host to serve the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, it will be the first time it does so in the virtual event environment. The firm said it augmented the usual community in that area of about 30,000 with an additional 75,000 members of the greater community across all of California and neighboring states Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.

“Live virtual summits have been part of our roadmap for some time—this crisis encouraged us to move quickly,” said Michael Hiskey, the firm’s chief strategy officer. “Rather than simply postponing events, or attempting some sort of boring, elongated webinar, we needed to offer a fully immersive, virtual event experience to facilitate collaboration for our cybersecurity community,” he asserted.

Keynote presentations from Facebook and the United States Secret Service top the full-day agenda, which will also feature nine industry expert presenters and 30 virtual exhibits from cybersecurity solution providers.

  • Assistant Director Michael D’Ambrosio, of the US Secret Service’s Office of Investigations, will discuss the agency’s role in defending critical financial infrastructure as well as in responding to financial threats during the COVID 19 crisis.
  • Michael Husnik, Head of Protective Intelligence for Facebook, will discuss how his team performs risk mitigation and investigation of nefarious actors targeting Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Oculus and Calibra.

The Virtual Summit will also feature an interactive panel discussion with some of the top Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from Los Angeles-area firms, including:

  • E.J. Hilbert, Managing Director & CISO, CNM LLP
  • Chris McMasters, Chief Information Officer, City of Corona, CA
  • Mohammed Bagha, Deputy CISO, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors
  • David Hanighen, Chief Information Security Officer, Logix Federal Credit Union
  • Donny Fan, Chief Information Officer, APLA Health

Attendees from the community of over 600 cybersecurity professionals registered for the summit will ask questions and interact online with the CISOs, as well as each other and the organizations who will feature their solutions at the event. Solution providers for the LA Summit include Morphisec, Avanan, OneTrust, Aria Cybersecurity Solutions, Arcserve, Netskope, Illusive Networks, Spirion, Armis and many others.

The Summit will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2020 and start at 8:30am PT. Registration is free for qualified professionals, who can also obtain Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for participation. More information can be found at dataconnectors.com/lapr.

Data Connectors had 50 cybersecurity conferences planned for 2020. Virtual Summits are planned over the next several weeks in Hartford, Detroit, Portland, Des Moines, Louisville, Chicago, Tampa, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Canada-East. The firm will continue its physical, in-person Cybersecurity Conference Series after the crisis has subsided. At the same time, the company stated that while Virtual Summits meet the needs of the community amid the COVID-19 Crisis, they will also become a permanent fixture of the firm’s strategy into the future.

Details for all events can be found at dataconnectors.com/attend

About Data Connectors
Since 1999, Data Connectors (dataconnectors.com) has facilitated the collaboration between cybersecurity professionals and solution providers. Today, the community comprises over 650,000 members and 250 active vendor partners. Members enjoy informative education from industry luminaries, innovative solution providers and government agencies such as the FBI, InfraGard, US Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security. Data Connectors brings live conferences to over 45 cities across North America each year, and also provides interactions with the community via virtual conferences, Web Briefings, and regular communications.

ControlScan Extends Managed Security Services Capabilities With Dunbar Cybersecurity Acquisition

October 17, 2018


ControlScan Extends Managed Security Services Capabilities With Dunbar Cybersecurity Acquisition



MSSP cites growing need to proactively address cyber threats



ATLANTA, Oct. 16, 2018  — ControlScan, a leader in managed security and compliance solutions that help secure networks and protect payment card data, announces it has acquired Hunt Valley, Md.-based Dunbar Cybersecurity, including its well-established Security Operations Center (SOC) and powerful SIEM platform, Cyphon. The move brings additional advanced capabilities to the best-in-class managed security servicesControlScan delivers to the mid-level enterprise.

With this strategic acquisition, ControlScan will strengthen the threat detection and response capabilities of its established solution set, helping the businesses it serves better manage an unprecedented number of incoming cyber threats. The company’s decision to expand its capabilities comes from recent research, including the 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection and Response Report, which found that a majority of organizations do not have the internal manpower and/or expertise to effectively detect and respond to cybersecurity threats.

“Having a strong cybersecurity defense is business critical, but as attackers become increasingly advanced, it’s no longer realistic to assume that defense is 100 percent impenetrable,” Mark Carl, CEO, ControlScan said. “ControlScan has a solid track record of helping businesses defend, and we are now enhancing our means to actively detect and quickly respond to intrusions in real time, as they are happening.”

“Our goal is to provide an effective, mature cybersecurity and threat detection program for the businesses we serve,” said ControlScan COO Schane Simpson, who oversees operations of the company’s Managed Security Services division. “The Dunbar Cybersecurity acquisition bolsters our team of expert security analysts and allows us to leverage the Cyphon platform to proactively identify and mitigate suspicious network activity on our customers’ behalf.”

Tom Callahan, Director of Operations for Dunbar Cybersecurity, will continue with ControlScan as Director of MDR Services. “Dunbar Cybersecurity’s growth has supported ongoing innovation in the way we monitor, detect and respond to our customers’ cybersecurity threats,” Callahan said. “Becoming a primary component of the ControlScan Managed Security Services solution further advances the strong ROI we provide.”

The bulk of Dunbar Cybersecurity’s security analysts will be retained by ControlScan post acquisition. Dunbar Cybersecurity customers can expect a seamless transition to ControlScan Managed Security Services where they, along with current ControlScan customers, will be presented with additional managed security and compliance-related services.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. For more information on ControlScan Managed Security Services, including its new MDR capabilities, please visitControlScan.com/MSS.

About ControlScan
ControlScan managed security and compliance solutions help secure networks and protect payment card data. Our elite cybersecurity professionals leverage best-in-class security technologies to support thousands of businesses with a single goal: To stop cyber criminals in their tracks. As both a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), we also deliver a full suite of Payment Card Industry (PCI) services, including strategic PCI compliance programs that help processors, acquirers, ISOs and payment facilitators manage cyber risk and strengthen merchant relationships. For more information about our company and its solutions, please visit ControlScan.com.

About Dunbar Cybersecurity
Dunbar Cybersecurity delivers solutions that allow our customers to maintain their business operations while protecting sensitive information and achieving compliance. We assess and monitor all things digital about your business, so your team can work without the worry of cyber threats. Learn more at https://www.dunbarsecuritysolutions.com/cybersecurity/.