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 Counter-Terrorism Expert Matt Olsen to Address Evolving Cybersecurity Threats and Critical Next Steps at CSX North America 

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (28 September 2017) — Matt Olsen, counter-terrorism expert and president of IronNet Cybersecurity, will deliver the opening keynote to ISACA’s CSX 2017 North America, a Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) conference being held in Washington DC, 2-4 October.

In his presentation, “The Challenge of Security in an Age of Evolving Threats,” Olsen, a leading government official of national security, intelligence and law enforcement issues, will discuss how the world is changing and how cyber security is a critical component of national security. Attendees will hear what they can do to protect companies, citizens and governments, and what action items they can take away to make a difference at their organizations.

“There is a close relationship between cyber security and counterterrorism,” Olsen said. “We have seen terrorist groups seek to obtain sophisticated cyber tools to carry out destructive attacks against the United States. Cyber security professionals can help defend against these efforts generally by hardening their networks and by adopting industry best practices for cyber security.”

While cyber security threats are constant, sharing cyber intelligence and threat information between the public and private sectors will help ensure protection.

“The government should take the lead in ensuring that our laws, regulations, and policies promote and facilitate the sharing of information among companies, and between companies and the government,” Olsen said. “For their part, companies should take advantage of legal changes over the past few years to enter into information sharing arrangements with other companies.”

Olsen brings years of public service and expertise in cyber security. He served for three years as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, responsible for the integration and analysis of terrorism information and strategic operational planning of counterterrorism activities. Prior to this role, Olsen was the General Counsel for the National Security Agency, serving as chief legal officer and focusing on surveillance law and cyber operations.

Kicking off U.S. National Cyber Security Awareness month in October, CSX North America will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where ISACA plans to release findings of recent industry research highlighting the important roles and responsibilities boards and senior executives hold in establishing a culture of cyber security in today’s business environments. ISACA will also feature developments related to its recently released CSX Training Platform, which offers cyber security practitioners, managers and those looking to hire cyber security talent an option for performance-based skills assessment and on-demand training.

This year’s event offers seven educational pathways, each featuring an essential and an advanced level for cyber security practitioners and managers. These pathways align to the NIST Framework for Cyber Security preparedness and relate to specific topic areas:

  • Identify (Asset Management, Business Continuity Planning, Systems Governance, Risk Assessment)
  • Protect (Organizational Awareness, Data Security, Enterprise Policies)
  • Detect (Breach Detection, Systems Monitoring)
  • Respond (Breach Incident Response, Breach Mitigation, Process Improvements)
  • Recover (Disaster Recovery Planning, External and Internal Communications)
  • Defend (Staffing, Education, Management and Team Leadership)
  • Explore (New Technology and Innovation Solutions)

Cyber security professionals also can participate in pre-conference, hands-on workshops, on topics such as cyber security fundamentals, the CSX Practitioner certification, building a world-class threat intelligence program, and cyber security career development.

More information and registration for the CSX 2017 North America Conference is available at: CSX 2017 North America.


Nearing its 50th year, ISACA ( is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its half-million engaged professionals in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 215 chapters and offices in both the United States and China.



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