ISSA Los Angeles Announces Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec and Researcher Marcus Ranum as Keynote Speakers for the 10th Annual Information Security Summit X

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Southern California's premier cybersecurity event brings international infosec celebrities to the entertainment capital of the world

"The Los Angeles region has been surging, and "Silicon Beach" is now the place to go for the best speakers in the country," says Richard Greenberg, President, ISSA Los Angeles.

The Tenth Annual Information Security Summit [#SummitX], hosted by ISSA-LA, the Los Angeles chapter of ISSA, is scheduled to take place on May 2nd - May 4th at the Universal City Hilton in Southern California. This elite event, headlined by 2 keynote speakers - Robert Herjavec and Marcus Ranum - also offers several interactive tracks, leadership forums, and four on-site training sessions. Given its long track record of successfully driving meaningful conversations around information security, privacy, technology, and diversity, this year's event will certainly keep with the tradition of attracting an audience upwards of 1,000, comprised of the country's top public and private sector leaders.

"The Los Angeles region has been surging, and "Silicon Beach" is now the place to go for the best speakers in the country," says Richard Greenberg, President, ISSA Los Angeles. "And don't forget about the excellent and heavily discounted one and two-day training classes that are being offered this year. World renown trainers Jim Manico, Kevin Cardwell, and Aaron Guzman will be sharing their expertise with the attendees."

Robert Herjavec, a leading shark on ABC's Emmy Award-winning television series Shark Tank and Founder & CEO of the Herjavec Group, is slated to speak as the opening keynote at 8:25 AM on May 4, 2018. A dynamic entrepreneur, Robert Herjavec has built and sold several IT companies. In 2003 Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America's fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is a global leader in information security specializing in managed security services, consulting, delivery and incident response for enterprise-level organizations. Robert's ability to interpret industry trends and understand enterprise business security demands has helped him achieve the profile of a global cybersecurity expert. He has served as a Cybersecurity Advisor for the Government of Canada, participated in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and recently joined the US Chamber of Commerce Task Force for Cybersecurity. His views on the threat landscape, on emerging technologies and on the need for a proactive security framework are regularly profiled across print, digital and television mediums.

Marcus J. Ranum, a world-renowned expert on security system design and implementation, is slated to speak at the closing keynote at 5:45 PM on May 4, 2018. He is recognized as an early innovator in firewall technology, and the implementer of the first commercial firewall product. Since the late 1980's, he has designed a number of groundbreaking security products including the DEC SEAL, the TIS firewall toolkit, the Gauntlet firewall, and NFR's Network Flight Recorder intrusion detection system. He has been involved in every level of operations of a security product business, from developer, to founder and CEO of NFR. Marcus has served as a consultant to many FORTUNE 500 firms and national governments, as well as serving as a guest lecturer and instructor at numerous high-tech conferences. In 2001, he was awarded the TISC "Clue" award for service to the security community, and the ISSA Lifetime Achievement Award. Marcus is Chief of Security for Tenable Security, Inc., where he is responsible for research in open source logging tools, and product training. He serves as a technology advisor to a number of start-ups, established concerns, and venture capital groups.

The ISSA-LA Information Security Summit is the only educational forum in Los Angeles specifically designed to encourage in-person participation and cross-industry engagement among all three vital information security constituencies:
(1) Business executives, senior business managers, and their trusted advisors;
(2) Technical IT personnel with responsibility for information systems and the sensitive data they contain; and
(3) Information Security Officers and professionals from all walks of life with responsibility for ensuring the security of sensitive information.

By popular demand, the event will again be host to three exclusive all-day forums:

  • Chief Information Security Officers Forum
  • Healthcare Security and Privacy Forum
  • Women in Security Forum

"The need for education in infosec is critical," said Herjavec. "It's important we bring people together from all roles and maturity levels to raise the bar on cybersecurity and get everyone on the same page. We are investing heavily in the SoCal market with our offices and Security Operation Center in the LA area and are looking forward to sharing our experiences and insights with everyone that attends."

During Summit X, attendees will learn about the latest attacks and best response, as well as preventative measures. Learn what your colleagues are struggling with and what they have had success with. See what Law Enforcement is dealing with, and how it could affect your world.

In addition to the fantastic presented content, attendees will also be invited to join each other under the stars for a gala opening reception and a prize-filled closing reception, giving attendees and sponsors an excellent opportunity to network with the world's leading information security executives, researchers, and practitioners. If there is interest in connecting with this knowledge-hungry audience, a few sponsorship spots are still available, both for the media and for vendors. For more details and the full range of sponsorships, please visit: to learn more.

Since ISSA-LA is all about the community, Summit X is open to anyone interested in learning more about information security. In particular, it is recommended that the following attend the event so they can keep abreast of the latest in information security and privacy:

  • Business executives and senior managers
  • Business professionals in law, accounting, insurance, healthcare, banking, retail, and manufacturing
  • Information Systems Directors, systems administrators, and IT practitioners
  • Information Security Directors, managers, researchers and practitioners
  • Privacy and forensics professionals
  • Aspiring students interested in the business and information technology sector

The regular ticket price is $165 when purchased online and $295 when purchased at the door. However, for a limited time, to save some money, register now to get an amazing early bird price of only $45 which expires at midnight on Sunday the 11th of March!

The Information Security Summit is part of ISSA-LA's important community outreach program. The goal of the program is to help our community stay safe from cybercrime and fraud by enabling collaboration and driving conversations between business and community leaders, technical IT professionals, and the information security community at large.

For more information about the ISSA-LA Summit X and for registration details, please visit

Register today to ensure you reserve your place at the table.

About the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA):
The Information Systems Security Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members. The primary goal of ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure availability, integrity and confidentiality of information resources. For more information or to register, please visit: Join the movement today!

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