Thank you for joining us at our 20th Anniversary Event! All sessions were recorded and will be posted in the coming weeks on the OWASP YouTube channel.

We have been working hard to secure the world through challenges and discovery. And now, it’s time to celebrate! Many of you have played a crucial role in the Foundation’s enduring history, and we encourage you to participate in the celebration coming this September! Our theme, Securing the Next 20 Years, is encouraging and exciting as we look ahead to the next 20 years!

Join us for FREE at this live 24-hour global event as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and embrace the future of OWASP and cybersecurity. Hear from world-renowned keynotes and special speakers, and network with your peers. It is FREE to attend, however, registration IS required, to gain access to the session links.

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Friday, September 24 • 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Security Metrics: Protecting Our Digital Assets of the Future

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Caroline Wong, Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt, holds deep-rooted expertise in information security. She began her security career about 15 years ago, leading security teams at eBay and Zynga. Since then, she has run a global product management team at Symantec, and has been a management consultant at an application security company called Cigital, which was later acquired by Synopsys.

In this talk, Caroline will discuss the different roles that people, processes, and technology play when it comes to securing the world’s digital assets of the future. In particular - Caroline will discuss security metrics, and the importance of establishing a framework to measure whether or not your organization’s cybersecurity program is accomplishing goals and maintaining compliance over time.

This past year has seen more vulnerabilities than ever before, bringing new and urgent challenges for security leaders to adapt to on a daily basis. Covid precipitated a virtually overnight shift to remote working, catching many organizations by surprise. In fact - the U.N. reported that cybercrime increased by 600% during the pandemic. Due to this rapidly changing environment, organizations’ security metrics must evolve quickly, yet sustainably, to meet the needs of evolving vulnerabilities and technology. Throughout Caroline’s talk, she will outline the evolution of security metrics, as well as how organizations can set a framework for successful monitoring in today’s cybersecurity world. Major points will include:

- Why effective security metrics focus less on the numbers and more on the overall stories and messages behind a program’s performance.
- Why every organization has to determine a budget when discussing how to invest in areas, such as data security, for the long run. For example, if you put a dollar toward an information security program - that means you’re not putting that same dollar into engineering, marketing, sales, or other areas that might be more clearly understood by an executive.
- Why security metrics provide quantifiable and qualitative insight into a security program’s performance, and can be an extremely valuable asset for security teams asking for additional investment and resources.

Security metrics, and how they can be implemented within an organization, is a topic that has fascinated Caroline since early on in her career, leading to ample research and exploration. In fact, Caroline wrote a book with McGraw Hill in 2011 entitled “Security Metrics: A Beginner’s Guide,” and plans to produce a new OWASP course about security metrics over the next few months.

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Caroline Wong

Chief Strategy Officer, Cobalt
Caroline Wong is the Chief Strategy Officer at Cobalt. As CSO, Caroline leads the Security, Community, and People teams at Cobalt. She brings a proven background in communications, cybersecurity, and experience delivering global programs to the role. Caroline’s close and practical... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 9:30pm - 10:00pm EDT