Federal cybersecurity leaders have reached yet another major milestone in approaching how to defend government networks from unrelenting attackers – they can’t have effective cyber defenses without effective IT operations, and they can’t have effective IT operations without effective cyber defense. According to Ralph Kahn, Vice President of Federal, Tanium, this change in mindset requires more than a shift in mindset, but the courage to throw out accepted norms and question how budget is spent and where it is invested and discover what is possible.
To learn more about this new reality, many federal CIOs and their teams will search for cybersecurity conferences to try to learn from experts and hear new best practices. Unfortunately, most conferences are less about learning and more about trying to get attendees to buy more products and services. There are gems out there, however, that offer a great opportunity to learn about new technologies and hear about inflection points that are affecting how technology is implemented or used.
Tanium wanted to make it easier for its customers and potential customers to make that choice by creating an “anti-conference.” The first of its kind for Tanium, Converge16 is set for October 24th – 27th, 2016 in San Francisco and will have no exhibit halls and no sponsored sessions masquerading as “learning opportunities.” According to Kahn: “we don’t want it to be about marketing, but want it to be about our customers learning how to use the technology they have better, learning what best processes for that technology and learning how they can change their businesses using Tanium technology.”
“By putting the emphasis on connecting our customers with one another and encouraging them to share best practices, we hope to create the premier place for customers to learn how to leverage the value of their technology and how that impacts IT and the rest of the organization,” Kahn said. “We want our customers to share the art of the possible with each other.”