CORONAVIRUS

For ten years we’ve been building the Cyber Security Summit into a successful platform to network thought leaders and those involved in the everyday defense of our cyber infrastructure.

In light of coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on public gatherings, we understand you may be evaluating your decision to attend this year’s Summit later this fall. Based on input from our country’s top cyber leaders, we are moving forward with planning October’s event. We remain cautiously optimistic that in the months leading up to the Summit, the virus will be better understood and contained. 

As we do so, we want to ensure you that your health and safety remain top of mind. To keep you apprised of important coronavirus developments and their impact on the Summit, we’ve created this COVID-19 Update Log. Watch this space regularly where we will share key decisions made by our Summit leadership team, adjustments to the agenda, our on-site preparedness plan and more pertinent information.

Below are some articles that CISA and CIS have released on working remote securely.

CISA National Cyber Awareness — Enterprise VPN Security

CIS Controls Telework and Small Office Network Security Guide

5 Network Security Remedies for Telework

Remote access with Microsoft Office 365 Teams


UPDATE – March 27, 2020

This morning, Cyber Security Summit leadership attended an exclusive unveiling of a new virtual event solution designed by one of our providers. The presenters gave a well-rounded overview of the tool’s features and functionalities which include: integration with online registration system, enterprise-grade video platform powered by Kaltura, session access control, chat boxes, interactive whiteboards, media library, quizzes and polls, media playlists for seamless presentations and more.

As we continue to build the Summit agenda for later this fall, we will continue to evaluate the tool as a possible back-up for in-person attendance or moving to a hybrid model where both in-person and virtual attendance are options for attendees. Stay tuned!


UPDATE – March 26, 2020

For our colleagues in government working hard to respond to COVID-19, we thought we’d share @government-technology’s substantive resource guide. Peruse this curated information to find federal guidance for state and local agencies, information dashboards, telecommuting policies, #GovTech solutions and more.

https://www.govtech.com/health/A-Resource-Guide-to-Coronavirus-for-Government-Leaders.html?utm_term=READ%20MORE&utm_campaign=County%20Governments%20Brace%20for%20Lasting%20Effects%20of%20Coronavirus%20Outbreak&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email


UPDATE – March 19, 2020

As we all work together to curtail the spread of COVID-19, many of us in the cyber community have begun working from home. If you do telework, please consider these OPSEC measures from CISA:

• Do not telework in a public setting (coffee shop, library, etc.), and do not conduct work related telephonic calls in a public area.
• Be aware of your teleworking environment and who may be within earshot of your conversations (including through windows, doors or walls of your apartment or house) and take measures to prevent eavesdropping.
• Ensure your laptop and/or smart phone are secured and within your control at all times to ensure that any other household members, cleaning staff, repair people, etc. cannot access them while you telework.
• Do not work in a location where your screen may be visible to others.
• When discussing critical information, ensure virtual assistants, such as Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant and other internet-connected devices will not pick up your conversations.
• Do not attempt to “talk around” (or “type around”) classified information by using acronyms or other coded verbiage.
• Do not transfer files to your home computer.
• Do not print agency records on your home printer or publicly available printers or use shredders at hotels, conference centers, etc.
• Never use your personal email to conduct official business.
• Protect against “shoulder surfing” or eavesdropping by being aware of your surroundings.
• Encrypt any sensitive information to protect against loss or hacking.
• Avoid using public hotspots or networks when connecting to the DHS network.
• Avoid printing information containing critical information and ensure you follow guidelines for handling and disposing of such information.
• Be careful of the peripheral devices (e.g., monitors, wireless headsets) you connect to your computer or other electronic devices because they may have vulnerabilities that can be used to compromise your DHS system.
• Ensure your home wi-fi connection is secure and not using the factory default password.


UPDATE – March 13, 2020

This morning, the CSS senior leadership team convened to discuss the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the 10th Annual Cyber Security Summit, Oct 26-28 in Minneapolis. A unanimous consensus was reached that planning efforts should continue, especially given the Summit’s close proximity to the 2020 elections. This year’s programming will include an Election Security presentation as part of the full Summit, which will be added to the online agenda in the next few weeks, along with other presentations.

Also today – Early discounts on CSS registration have been updated and extended to soften the economic toll that COVID-19 is taking on everyone.