Summer Breakfast Event: CyberSecurity in a Digital World

Group of IS Associates Members at event
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:30pm
Pauley Pavilion Club


By Shahin Mohammadkhani, Executive Director, Enterprise Technology & Architecture at Sony Pictures Entertainment


The 2019 UCLA IS Associates Summer Breakfast Event (held at the Pauley Pavilion Club) included reflections from Information Security leaders on how to move up the security maturity curve, best practices for targeting security investments, and practical guidance on implementing security mandates.

Our featured speakers and panelists covered topics ranging from the current threat landscape, securing data for the enterprise and how security is applied in the public sector.

John Kent showed examples of APT intrusions and some of the tools the Bureau uses for counterintelligence and counter-proliferation activities. Specific examples included hacking of banking systems and the methods of which intruders gain access.

During the Enterprise Panel discussion, the panelists offered suggestions on how to protect organizations data, mitigate security through the SAAS model, adopting security by design to allow for secure innovation.

In his presentation, Jeff Urnaza discussed why cybersecurity can be challenging and how through consolidation, integration, and automation of our platforms through REST, we can mitigate the issue and meet compliance needs.

Finally, the in Public Sector Panel discussions, the members touch on the security concerns within their respective city and county as well as the current difficulties the public sector is facing in hiring top talent.

Thank you to our generous sponsors, Druva, Canon, and Magenic for sponsoring a lively event filled with meaningful discussions amongst members and sponsors.

Speakers and panelists included:

  • Bentley Au, Chief Information Security Officer, AEG Worldwide

  • Danny Le, Partner, KPMG

  • Ernest Liu, Chief Information Security Officer, United Talent Agency

  • Jeff Urnaza, Director of Engineering, Fortinet

  • Jeff Blair, Head of Security, CAA

  • John Kent, Special Agent, FBI

  • Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement, NICE

  • Mark Van Holsbeck, Chief Information Security Officer, Avery Dennison

  • Ralph Johnson, Chief Information Security Officer, County of Los Angeles

  • Steve Musembwa, Chief Information Security Officer, City of Long Beach

  • Veronica Mitchell, Information Security Officer, CIty of Santa Monica