Patrick Gray, Cisco Principal Security Strategist, Keynote Speaker at Vanguard Security & Compliance 2013

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Cisco Principal Security Strategist for Cisco, Patrick Gray, will be a keynote speaker at Vanguard Security & Compliance 2013. His speech will address current data security threats posed by organized crime and state-sponsored actors, highlight the newest cyber criminals and examine the latest tactics employed by predators.

One of the key pitfalls facing us today is the misperceived level of trust in network and enterprise-wide security.

Vanguard Integrity Professionals today announced that the award-winning, twenty-year veteran of the FBI and the Principal Security Strategist for Cisco, Patrick Gray, will be the opening keynote speaker on June 24th at Vanguard Security & Compliance 2013. Now in its 27th year, Vanguard Security & Compliance is the world’s largest educational forum dedicated to modern information technology security training for large enterprise servers and the networks to which they are connected.

Gray’s speech, entitled “The Confluence of Data Security Challenges,” will explore the current threat landscape by highlighting the newest cyber criminals and examining the latest tactics employed by these predators. Gray will address how organized criminal groups, collectives such as Anonymous, and state-sponsored actors utilize social media, social engineering, advanced persistent threats and malware to compromise networks world-wide both large and small. “I look forward to participating in the Vanguard Security & Compliance 2013 event. One of the key pitfalls facing us today is the misperceived level of trust in network and enterprise-wide security,” Gray stated. “There are numerous factors that can undermine network security which may not be readily apparent. This will be the focus of my presentation.”

“We welcome Patrick as a keynote speaker at Vanguard Security & Compliance 2013. He always delivers an insightful and entertaining security presentation that attendees appreciate,” said Steven Ringelberg, chief operating officer at Vanguard. “Patrick’s keynote will provide attendees with a better understanding of the difficulties of network security, and why it is important to have defense-in-depth within your enterprise, particularly at the server level, to be able to deal with inevitable network penetrations.”

Gray joined Cisco as principal security strategist after previously serving as director of X-Force operations at Internet Security Systems. At ISS, Gray was one of the creators of the X-Force Internet threat intelligence center and also served as director of the penetration testing and emergency response teams. Prior to joining ISS, Gray spent 20 years as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Based on his work with ISS and the FBI, Gray has first-hand knowledge of the hacking community, and its aims and methodologies as it attacks government, ecommerce, energy and financial entities.

One of Gray’s assignments was in the FBI Intelligence Division where he was responsible for global counterintelligence investigations. Another assignment was as supervisor of a special operations group that ultimately morphed into one of the FBI’s first regional cyber-crime squads. Gray continues to work closely with the FBI and other U.S. Government agencies and serves as advisor to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council for the Department of Homeland Security.

About Vanguard Security & Compliance 2013
Vanguard Security & Compliance, June 24-27, is committed to providing security practitioners with immediate knowledge and hands-on skills to secure their enterprise and mitigate risks using emerging security technologies and techniques. Since its inception, the event has been responsible for providing more than 10,000 IBM® System z® security practitioners with z/OS® and RACF® security training to ensure the protection of their critical infrastructures. Each year as the security threatscape and regulatory environment evolves the training advances to address today’s toughest security and compliance challenges.

For a complete list of sessions and program tracks, or to learn more about Vanguard Security & Compliance 2013, visit

About Vanguard Integrity Professionals
Vanguard Integrity Professionals provides enterprise security software and services that solve complex security and regulatory compliance challenges and deliver a rapid return on investment. With its expertise, Vanguard enables government agencies and corporations around the world to ensure continuous monitoring of System z, safeguard cloud computing secure domains, and protect critical data and applications from cyber security threats. Vanguard provides 24/7/365 live customer support from the United States. Support is also provided locally in other countries.

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