Back to basics – Combining advanced tools and fundamentals to improve outcomes against advanced threats

Revisit the security fundamentals that are required to mount an effective defense against ransomware and advanced threats that are common today.

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Michael Manrod

Chief Information Security Officer

Grand Canyon Education

Michael presently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for Grand Canyon Education, responsible for leading the security team and formulating the vision and strategy for protecting students, staff and information assets across the enterprise.  Previous experiences include serving as a threat prevention expert for Check Point and working as a consultant and analyst for other organizations.

He is also a co-author/contributor for the joint book project, Understanding New Security Threats published by Routledge in 2019, along with multiple articles/whitepapers.  When not working, he spends time playing video games with his kids, practicing martial arts and doing anything outdoors.   

Christian Taillon

Threat Response Engineer

Grand Canyon Education

Christian contributes to Grand Canyon Education's IT Security team as a Threat Response Engineer. His efforts focus primarily on improving the Security team's operational tools and capacity to efficiently detect and effectively respond to threats through work primarily relating to SIEM, EDR, NTA, and an evolving Threat Intelligence program.

He enjoys contributing to the larger community via various Threat Intelligence Content Development efforts and open-source projects. He leads Threat Exchanges as a Global Watch Center Handler for ACTRA and contributes to SPORTS-ISAO under the Cyber Resilience Institute as a Solutions Architect. When away from the keyboard, he enjoys camping, kayak, and hiking with his wife.