Boston, MA
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Sep. 11-13, 2017

Michael Figueroa

Executive Director
Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC)

Michael Figueroa, CISSP, brings to the ACSC a diverse cyber security background, serving at times as an executive technology strategist, chief architect, product manager, and disruptive technology champion. He promotes an optimistic security approach that emphasizes the need to better assist the users, operators, and business owners in protecting their critical assets versus blaming them for being unable to properly configure and maintain complex technologies. Rather than focus on external influencers that business and mission owners have no control over, he encourages organizations to prioritize what they should do against what they are able to do, without judgement.

His past work has spanned a broad security spectrum. In the advanced technology space, Figueroa has prepared cyber technologies for transition, managed research and development applying non-security emerging technologies such as deep learning and human analytics to security problems, and led technology design and development of an innovative secure network and communications platform for cloud and mobile applications. As an enterprise security architect, Figueroa managed teams securing large-scale systems integration efforts for several U.S. Government agencies including the Departments of Defense (DoD), Homeland Security (DHS), and Veterans Affairs (VA). His business management roles have included serving as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of a late-stage financial services startup, as an executive at a security consulting startup, and as a strategic program advisor for CISOs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the World Bank Group.

Figueroa is a graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and from the George Washington University (GWU) in Forensic Sciences, concentrating on High Tech Crime Investigations

September 13, 2017
9:05am - 9:45am
Grand Ballroom

Healthcare organizations spend untold dollars each year fighting the same cyber security challenges, often making the same mistakes due to the lack of shared intelligence. Rather than persistently blame them for the current troubled state of information security, security professionals need act like hackers again. This briefing advocates a new community-oriented approach, discussing key ways organizations can apply limited resources collectively to build more effective cyber defenses.

They include:

  • Build case studies of what worked well.
  • Share lessons learned of what did not work well.
  • Work together to establish community resources.

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