Security Newsletter
September 1, 2020
Hello Security Community Members,

As we welcome in September, it is a great time to slow down, take stock in everything that has happened over the past six months and continue to move into our ‘next normal.’ And while that likely means increasing what can and must be done virtually for your company and personal life, the security community must continue to be front and center. Whether you are working to secure your company or your customers, the threats have significantly risen and can be a strain on an already strained team.

I am working with the community co-chairs on developing content and programs that are important for you, easily delivered to you, and cut above all of the noise coming from so many directions. Our first event of the fall is happening on October 1st featuring Steven Booth, CISO at FireEye about the importance of Blue Teams and how you can optimize your security teams.

And another welcome to our newest Security Community sponsors Nuance and Sonatype! We are excited to have them on board and are appreciative of their support.

I’d like to extend a big congratulations to ReversingLabs, which was named a winner in Black Unicorn Awards for 2020! If you have news, thought leadership, or any ideas you’d like to share with the community let me know or feel free to post in the member-only MassTLC Central Security page!

And finally, I’d like to welcome our newest co-chair, Kathy Teehan, Senior Program Manager at Chewy. We are so excited to have Kathy joining us and sharing her insights. 

Best regards,
Sara Fraim
Sr. Director
Stay Informed and Get Involved
  • Building a strong and resilient security team. A fireside chat with FireEye CISO, Steven Booth, on how you can organize your security team for architectural rigor. More information here.

  • MassCyberCenter Cybersecurity Mentorship Pilot Program. Applications now being accepted for cybersecurity professionals to serve as mentors to diverse college students in the state with an interest in pursuing a cybersecurity career. The purpose of this pilot program is to help promote increased diversity within the cybersecurity workforce in Massachusetts. More information can be found here. 

  • Tech Compact for Social Justice: To change the world, we must first be open to change. Join underwriters Akamai and PTC, along with other leading companies in committing to make our technology industry better reflect the diversity of the people of Massachusetts. Be Part of the Change.
  • Mental Health in Tech: Now more than ever, tech leaders are concerned with the mental and emotional well-being of their workforce. You can access this important four-part behavioral health series to help tech executives better navigate the psychological safety and anti-stigma requirements in today’s workplace. Listen to the four part series. 

  • The Phishers Are Back in the News, but They Never Really Went Away. Phishing remains among the most popular and successful attack vectors for a variety of cybercrimes, accounting for some 30% of all breaches, according to Verizon’s most recent Data Breach Investigations Report. Read and listen to the conversation here.

  • The Expanding Roles of Security Teams. Security teams are on the front line as entire workforces have moved remote. Many are finding themselves responsible for carrying out business continuity plans while balancing a heightened risk of cyber attack and additional scrutiny of third party partners. Read more and listen to the conversation here. 
Industry News and Resources
  • New EU Court Decision Places Data Transfers In Jeopardy. If you receive personal information from the European Union, there has been a significant change in the law. Read more here.  

  • We’re very excited to welcome Sonatype as a MassTLC Security Community sponsor. To help our community get to know them better, we asked them to answer a few questions. Read about them here

  • MassTLC Resources page includes information on a number of public and private programs including guidance on accessing small business loans, addressing legal issues, accessing free licenses for technology platforms. 
Thank You to Our Co-Chairs
Thank You to Our Community Sponsors
Thank You to Our Global Sponsors