Cybersecurity Symposium

To understand what is happening in cybersecurity today, all you need to do is read the headlines. Cyber-attacks have intensified in frequency, sophistication, and severity. Corporations, networks, and individuals are under constant attack by cyber-threats globally. Internet services and communications have been impeded by attackers, causing disruption and uncertainty for millions of users. It is not just the big companies who are being attacked—small- and medium-sized companies may be seen as easier targets or stepping stones in attacking larger networks.

Cable operators play an important role in maintaining very large networks that are used globally by organizations, companies, and consumers. Threats are always present and countermeasures are being offered to ensure the security of communications moving across our networks. The Cybersecurity pre-conference symposium will discuss these threats and how they pertain to the cable networks. Learn how to protect and defend these networks from attacks and hear a number of cable operator case studies that will speak to how cable operators are securing their networks.

The pre-conference symposium is presented in partnership with CableLabs®.

Tuesday, Oct. 13
9:00 am–4:15 pm
Room 294
Separate registration required



Schedule of Events

9:00–9:15 am Opening Remarks
9:15–10:00 am Keynote: Cybersecurity Strategies for the Digital World
John N. Stewart, Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.Digitization is disrupting everything and creating new ways to do business in every industry. But with digital disruption comes accompanying security risks, and recent cybersecurity trends and breaches are stark reminders that more needs to be done to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of content and data if cable providers are to remain a critical connectivity path for their customers.Cisco Chief Security and Trust Officer, John N. Stewart, will discuss the importance of adopting sound cybersecurity approaches to safeguard critical infrastructure, assets, and data, and the need for cable providers to view their roles differently to become the protection arm for everyone who connects to them. Stewart will describe new, platform-based cybersecurity strategies and approaches, and highlight data analytics innovations taking place in the marketplace now to address security challenges.
10:00–11:00 am
Improving the Future by Learning from the Past
Chris R. Roosenraad, Customer Security, Time Warner CableMany of the security issues seen today are the result of decisions made years or even decades ago predating cable operator’s offer of data services.  These decisions, although logical and reasonable at the time, have had significant knock on effects that we’re still grappling with.  This presentation will discuss these, and talk about how the developers of today can avoid these mishaps, and thus not contribute to the problems of tomorrow.
11:00 am–12:00 pm Republican National Convention: What it Takes to Protect a Political Event
Trace Hollifield, Director of Enterprise Security, Bright House NetworksSince the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) was held in Tampa, the RNC used Bright House’s networks for all of its communications (video, audio, and data). This session will discuss what Bright House did in order to ensure the networks were up and available during this event. It will cover cybersecurity to physical security to teamwork with law enforcement agencies.
12:00–12:45 pm Boxed Lunch and Networking
12:45–1:45 pm NIST Cybersecurity Framework
Donna Dodson, Chief Cyber Security Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Michael Glenn, Director, Global Cybersecurity Initiatives, CableLabs®
Matt Tooley, Vice President of Broadband Technology, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
This session will give an overview of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and how it can be applied by small-to-medium cable operators.
1:45–2:45 pm International Cybersecurity
Sean Groenewald, Vice President, Information Security, Liberty GlobalThis session will discuss the current processes and procedures of implementing cybersecurity within international member companies.
2:45–3:00 pm Break
3:00–4:00 pm Maintaining Networks During the Olympics: Use Case
Bill Sweeney, Principal Security Engineer, ComcastThis session will cover lessons learned from Comcast maintaining the network for live and continuing viewing of the Olympics.
4:00–4:15 pm CableLabs® and SCTE Current and Future Efforts
Michael Glenn, Director, Global Cybersecurity Initiatives, CableLabs
Derek DiGiacomo, Senior Director, Information Systems and Energy Management Program, SCTEThis session will provide an update on the current and future efforts of CableLabs and SCTE in cybersecurity.

(Schedule subject to change)