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TSS Seminar: Michael A. Davis: "Confirmation Bias: How to Stop Doing the Things in Security That Don't Work"

Event Type
Information Trust Institute
2405 Siebel Center
Feb 22, 2012   4:00 pm  
Michael A. Davis, Savid Technologies
Originating Calendar
Information Trust Institute



What’s the secret of solid risk managers? In 2011, I surveyed over 1,000 security professionals, identifying that while 70% of organizations do risk assessments, only 30% rate them as effective. The most successful risk managers and security professionals are the most collaborative and most likely to bring various teams to the table, so why do some organizations excel at risk assessments, while others continue to run around wildly, stamping out fires and never getting ahead? I'll show you how to get out of your own way and perform better risk assessments.



Michael A. Davis is the CEO of Savid Technologies, Inc., a technology and security consulting firm in Chicago. He specializes in risk assessments, IT Security consulting, compliance, enterprise networks, and application security.


Davis is the author of Hacking Exposed: Malware and Rootkits, in which he addresses how malware works and how to defend against attacks. He was also a contributing author to Hacking Exposed, the number one book on hacker methodology. He is a Senior Contributing Author for InformationWeek magazine, for which he provides in-depth analysis on security methodologies for over a million readers, and was voted one of the Top 25 under 25 in business by BusinessWeek. He is an active developer in the Open Source community and has ported many popular network security applications to the Windows platform, including the Snort Intrusion Detection System, honeyd, dsniff, and ngrep.


Davis previously worked as Senior Manager of Global Threats for McAfee, Inc., a leader in anti-virus protection and vulnerability management, where he led a team of researchers investigating confidential, cutting-edge security research. He has also worked for other companies, including 3com, and managed two Internet service providers.

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