COSAC 2022 COSAC Connect COSAC APAC 2023

Welcome to COSAC - Information Security conferencing the way it should be! Join us in Ireland this October for 4 days of innovative & participative information security value.


For 28 years COSAC has delivered a trusted environment in which to deliver information security value from shared experience and intensive, productive, participative debate and development. The #COSAC2022 agenda is now live and delegate registration is open!

Thursday 6th October 2022

09:00 - 09:30 Registration & Coffee

Workshop W1

09:30 Cyberwar and the Law of Armed Conflict Speaker(s): Lawrence Dietz,

Lawrence Dietz

General Counsel, TAL Global Corporation (USA)

Lawrence Dietz, Attorney has served as General Counsel of TAL Global since April 2010 where he had extensive experience in international contracts. Prior to joining TAL Global Dietz served in senior roles at Symantec Corporation to include Director of Market Intelligence and Global Public Sector Evangelist. He retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and is the author of the authoritative Blog on Psychological Operations (PSYOP).
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Elizabeth O. Dietz

Elizabeth O. Dietz

Professor Emerita, San Jose State University (USA)

Dr Elizabeth 'Liz' O. Dietz, EdD, CS-NP, CSN, FAAN began her nursing career as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, Charge Nurse for the US Public Health Service during the Vietnam Conflict. She is a Professor Emeritus of Nursing from San Jose State University after a 29-year career there. She has been a volunteer with American Red Cross in Service to Armed Forces, Disaster Health Service Manager, Expert Instructor in International Humanitarian Law program, as well as Regional Disaster Lead for the...
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This interactive session puts participants in the middle of the legal dilemmas and uncertainties of cyberwar and the application of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) or the Law of Armed Conflict.A very basic primer on IHL based on the International Committee of the Red Cross fundamentals will be presented in the first half the class.

During the second half of the session hypothetical and/or historical vignettes of cyberspace operations will be presented. This may include denial of service attacks on the power grid and health resources as well as phishing and intelligence operations aimed at commercial entities. Other targets and techniques may be used as well.

Charges in the form of potential IHL violations will be developed based on the scenario. Participants will be selected to portray prosecution, defense and a jury. Each side will be allowed to present a 5 minute opening and closing argument. Once these are completed, the jury will render a verdict.

An open Forum will be held to discuss the trial(s) and identify key issues.

Workshop W2

09:30 Security for the Gobsmacked Human Speaker(s): John O'Leary

John O'Leary

President, O'Leary Management Education (USA)

John O'Leary, CISSP, is President of O’Leary Management Education. His background spans four decades as an active practitioner in information systems, IT Security and contingency planning. He has designed, implemented and managed security and recovery for networks ranging from single site to multinational. John has trained tens of thousands of practitioners, and conducted on-site programs at major corporations and government facilities worldwide. John was the recipient of the 2004 COSAC award.
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They’ve had enough. They just get used to one environment and some SOB changes it. And we security geeks want to add change to the change. No wonder they growl at us. Complex, ever-evolving work environments turn communities of competent, veteran users into fumbling rookies who make new-guy mistakes, some of which impact security. Organizational restructuring is almost a constant. People still resist change, make mistakes, painstakingly follow bad security practices and get socially engineered. And bad guys find creative ways to defeat our newest, most sophisticated security measures.

We’ll give guidance for coping with human foibles, complexity and change in securing our vital assets.

Part 1 – Securing the semi-predictable humans – Phishing, really automated social engineering, has been an element in almost every Ransomware event and a multitude of other egregious breaches. We’ll examine why social engineering works so well on our employees, on all humans, for that matter. We’ll give suggestions for shoring up this most vital link in our security chain.

Part 2 – Securing the ever-changing organization – Change agents that can seriously affect security are gaining traction everywhere. Massive organizations are making their own rules and privacy decisions, at least until governments levy gargantuan fines. Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, downsizing in many forms, even internal reorganizations can bring danger. We’ll identify areas of security focus and give recommendations for minimizing security incidents and effects in the midst of the upheaval.

Workshop W3

09:30 Ask us Anything: A Q&A Session With a SABSA Master’s Panel Speaker(s): William Schultz,

William Schultz

Senior Director, Enterprise Cybersecurity, Vanderbilt University Medical Centre (USA)

Bill Schultz is a practicing security architect who has worked in the Information Technology field for over 16 years, with the past 12 focused on Enterprise Architecture, Security Architecture, Risk Management, and Compliance. Bill has built security programs, risk management programs, and developed strategic organizational architectures and technical system architectures. Bill has led multiple risk management and security architecture initiatives.
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Maurice Smit

Maurice Smit

Principal Security Architect, David Lynas Consulting (Netherlands)

Maurice is a Principal Security Consultant and SABSA Instructor at David Lynas Consulting, with over 15 years of experience in IT Security operations, management, governance and architecture, in a variety of industries including finance, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Maurice delivers accredited SABSA training in Europe, India, Africa and the Middle East and is a founding member of the SABSA Institute Board of Trustees.
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In your security architecture quest have you come across a question about how to use SABSA that seems to have no answer, or a challenge that seems insurmountable? Welcome to the club! Many good practical questions often have an answer that ultimately resolves to the response, “it depends”. This is because most of the time it is true, the answer to your question/problem depends on your situation and what you are trying to achieve. However, there are often simple answers to complex questions that can be reached by simply following the methodology. The challenge is often in knowing which part of the methodology to use, and where to start with the situation you are in.

In this session attendees will be able to pose questions and challenges to a panel of people who have spent a significant amount of time and energy learning, teaching, and applying the SABSA methodology. Any SABSA Masters in attendance at COSAC will be welcome and encouraged to participate as they are available. Input from attendees will essentially build the agenda for the conversation and we will attempt to cover as many topics and questions as possible. Of course in the “COSAC way” there will be plenty of group debate and interaction, and no shortage of experts in the room. While we may not solve every problem, perhaps as a group we can find ways to overcome some of the challenges and questions that we face, and possibly begin to look at some of the new challenges heading our way.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

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