Using Permaculture to Cultivate a Sustainable Security Program

Presented by

Chris Nelson, Director of Security, Distil Networks

About this talk

For centuries mankind’s greatest innovations came about through careful examination of natural systems. Information Security is no different. This presentation will explore how information security professionals can use the agricultural concept of “permaculture” (the practice of using design principles observed in natural ecosystems) to cultivate a sustainable, data-driven security program. In this fast-paced, thought-provoking session you’ll learn: - The basic tenets of permaculture and how they apply to information security strategy - How to build a security program that fosters collaboration, coupled with feedback loops and metrics - How embracing differences within an organization can lead to increases in productivity and security - Effective policy and control designs that enhance business objections as opposed to stifling them About the Speaker Chris Nelson has a passion for security, especially building security programs and teams in incredibly dynamic organizations. Chris is currently the Vice President of ISSA’s Denver Chapter, and Director of Security for Distil Networks, where he continues to expand his theories on using Permaculture in the design and implementation of security programs and controls. Chris held a similar role at Rally Software after working with Aetna as a security, compliance and privacy lead. Previously, he held similar roles with Return Path and has served multiple Fortune 500 clients in a consulting capacity.

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