Are ransomware attacks out of control, or are security teams unprepared? The last two years have certainly seen an uptick in ransomware attacks. However, most organizations forced to pay their cyber bullies are victims of lax security practices. Even with a world health crisis happening, cybercriminals continue to target organizations and extort anywhere from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands, payable in cryptocurrency.

Most companies that find themselves in the crosshairs of a ransomware gang have little hope to come out of it with their bank accounts intact. But not all must pay up or perish. There are means of escaping the dire consequences of these attacks. You must be prepared—but what does that entail? Our panelists will explore some of the ways to help keep your organization, its data, and its people safe from digital extortion.

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Paul Caiazzo
CISO and SVP of Corporate Development, Avertium

Paul Caiazzo, CISO and SVP of Corporate Development at Avertium, oversees technology alliances and strategic initiatives guiding clients through challenging security problems. With a dedicated career to stay at the forefront of cybersecurity technology advancements, Caiazzo is a leader and educator in threat detection, threat intelligence, incident response and ransomware.  He leads Avertium’s internal security and compliance initiatives working to reduce risk across the organization and is also a known entity on the front lines as a key negotiator for the most complicated and hi-profile ransomware threats. Caiazzo is found regularly contributing to industry podcasts, speaking to business groups, or sharing insider information through an approachable lens.

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Jake Bernstein, CISSP
Partner, K&L Gates

Jake Bernstein is a practicing attorney and CISSP who counsels clients trying to understand their cybersecurity risks and the legal duties that arise from those risks. In his decade-plus of practice, Jake has acted as both regulator as an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General's Office and as private defense counsel representing companies subject to data security and privacy regulations enforced by federal, state, and international authorities.

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Jason Price
Senior Solutions Engineer, Spirion

Jason Price’s expertise lies in discovering business challenges, developing a solution prototype, and illustrating value through engaging story-telling. He has devoted his career to multi-disciplinary technology, working to ensure high-quality customer outcomes in information security. As a trusted advisor and point of accountability for clients, Price, Senior Solution Engineer at Spirion, is responsible for researching advanced technology and best practices in data protection, and creating solutions that solve today’s data security and privacy challenges.

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Bruce Sussman
Director of Media & Content, Podcast Host, SecureWorld

Emmy-winning journalist Bruce Sussman spent more than 20 years on TV screens in Portland, Oregon. During his "second career," he became fascinated by cybersecurity while working with CISOs at Gartner. He joined SecureWorld in 2017 to help grow its media division. Currently, he hosts the Remote Sessions daily web conference series and SecureWorld podcast published each Tuesday, and oversees news content for Sussman graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism back in the dark ages. Message him on LinkedIn if you'd like to connect!