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Beware The Shiny Penny: Ensure Your Existing Security Investments Are Paying Dividends

19th March 2020, Boston

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Venue: Grill 23 & Bar


A Meet the Boss event brought to you by Merlin

“I have 1,000 critical vulnerabilities but can only fix 100 this month – which 100 do I prioritize?” This is a common question senior security executives ask on a regular basis.

The good news is, businesses are taking steps to protect themselves by implementing new security technologies. The bad news is, they’re finding themselves with too many tools, and not enough experts, to manage them.

We know misconfiguration of cyber security tools can be blamed for some of the world’s largest data breaches. Without continuously monitoring cyber security hygiene, systems are left vulnerable to risk and non-compliance. In fact, through 2023, Gartner predicts that 99% of firewall breaches will be caused by firewall misconfigurations, not firewall flaws. If this is true for firewalls, what about the other tools you have implemented and are accountable for?

At RSA 2019 it was discussed that 80% of security issues can be solved with cyber hygiene. Rather than chasing the tail of the latest technology, it offers greater visibility of your applications while ensuring compliance with security frameworks and regulations.

Therefore, it’s apparent continuous monitoring and maintenance of your security standpoint shouldn’t be a ‘nice to have’.

Join Merlin and a group of security leaders for an intimate, interactive, peer-to-peer conversation focused on how to improve cyber hygiene, fully leverage the functionality of your security tools and gain accurate metrics through better visibility into your environment.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception & Drinks
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Keynote speaker
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up from table champions and closing remarks from host

Discussion Points

  • Cyber hygiene: why does it matter to your organization?
  • Optimize performance: how can you make the most of your existing security tools?
  • Accurate data: how are you measuring and reporting metrics back to key stakeholders?

Keynote Speaker

Rich Popson, CISO at Sensata Technologies

Rich Popson is currently the senior most security professional at Sensata Technologies. Rich is currently responsible for a global team running the cyber security, cyber risk and privacy programs. Rich’s 20 + years of experience working in Cyber Security and Information Technology helps his organizations improve their cyber security visibility by using a combination of enterprise and open source security tools to show the business where the biggest cyber risk reside. Rich has his master’s in Cyber-Intelligence and holds a CISSP and CRISC certification. He spends his free time off-roading and camping with his dog Kai.

About Merlin

Merlin is a single-source cybersecurity technology provider that enables organizations to reduce enterprise risk and simplify IT operations by combining best-in-class solutions with groundbreaking emerging technologies. In addition to representing some of the world’s most reputable cybersecurity brands, Merlin scours the globe and invests in game-changing technologies, bringing everything together into its lab where top cybersecurity engineers integrate, test, and deliver the world’s most innovative solutions. With these solutions, Merlin empowers organizations to tackle the most pressing security and IT operations challenges while reducing complexity, costs, and risk.

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