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Guardium Hosts Executive Financial Services Seminar on Leading Practices for Data Security, Privacy & Compliance

Guardium, the database security company, is hosting an executive seminar for the financial services community entitled “Leading Practices for Data Security, Privacy & Compliance.”

The seminar features industry thought leaders from Gartner, Deloitte & Touche LLP and ING as well as Guardium CTO and database security expert, Ron Ben Natan, Ph.D. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 6th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York.

Protecting against cyber-attacks, breaches, fraud and insider threats has heightened the need for banks, insurers, payment processors and other financial services organizations to carefully review their security and governance programs in order to protect the confidentiality and integrity of their most vital information assets.

Database threats, both external and internal, are clearly on the rise. A recent data breach study by Verizon Business Services reveals that attacks targeting database servers accounted for 75% of all records compromised during 2008 – compared to other IT assets such as laptops and backup tapes, which account for less than 0.05% of breached data – with payment card data representing 98% of all compromised records.

And according to IBM, SQL injection attacks continued to increase in 2009, growing 50 percent in Q1 and nearly doubling in Q2 compared to previous quarters.

In this session, attendees will hear how financial services firms are protecting their critical data from data leakage and unauthorized changes while streamlining compliance processes for key regulations such as PCI-DSS, SOX, Model Rule Audit (MRA), HIPAA, state data protection laws, and SAS 70 auditing and reporting requirements.

The seminar will feature the following thought leaders in data security, privacy and compliance:

  • Avivah Litan, Gartner Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, will discuss best practices for PCI compliance, real-world case studies of payment card breaches and online fraud, trends in attacks against sensitive financial and personal data, the impact of these attacks on consumers, and the range of solutions available to enterprises to protect data and combat fraud.

    Prior to joining Gartner, Ms. Litan was a director of financial systems at the World Bank. She also has experience as a journalist and columnist, having worked for the Washington Times.
  • Rena Mears, Partner, Security & Privacy Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP will address why financial institutions need to assess the state of their organizations’ information security, emerging trends in security and privacy, why data protection and information leakage are key imperatives for executive management, and how regulatory compliance and timely incident reporting have triggered a greater need for alignment of the institution’s IS strategy with its enterprise governance, compliance and risk framework.

    Ms. Mears has more than twenty-five years experience supporting clients in the areas of risk management, privacy, data protection and security, and has led major privacy projects for global companies focused on the design and implementation of enterprise privacy programs.
  • Robert Guinn, Director, Security Operations & Risk Management, ING Americas Financial Services will discuss the people, process and technology challenges involved with implementing data-level security in a global financial services organization. He will also describe how ING implemented Guardium’s scalable enterprise platform to secure its critical database infrastructure, while reducing costs and complexity by automating and centralizing controls across multiple DBMS platforms and data centers.

    Mr. Guinn has worked for ING since 2001 and has 15 years of experience in the security industry.
  • Ron Ben Natan, Ph.D. and Guardium CTO, will discuss best practices for database security and compliance; how to leverage the latest technologies for database activity monitoring (DAM); privileged user monitoring; vulnerability assessment; sensitive data discovery and configuration change control; and reducing compliance complexity with automated controls and workflow processes.

    Dr. Ben Natan has more than 20 years of experience developing enterprise applications and security technology for blue-chip companies. Prior to Guardium, he worked for Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Intel and AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has also served as a consultant in data security and distributed systems for HSBC, Phillip Morris, Miller Beer, HP, Applied Materials and the Swiss Armed Forces. An expert on distributed application environments, application security, and database security, Dr. Ben Natan has authored 12 technical books including HOWTO Secure and Audit Oracle 10g and 11g (CRC Press, 2009) and Implementing Database Security and Auditing (Elsevier Digital Press, 2005), the standard texts in the field.


  Financial services seminar: “Leading Practices for Database Security, Privacy & Compliance”


Avivah Litan, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner
Rena Mears, Partner, Security & Privacy Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Robert Guinn, Director, Security Operations & Risk Management, ING Americas Financial Services
Ron Ben Natan, Ph. D., Guardium CTO


Tuesday, October 6, 2009
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Grand Hyatt New York (New York City)


C-level executives and day-to-day practitioners involved with IT security, risk management and compliance, governance and privacy, enterprise application architectures and database administration.

Register today to qualify for complimentary admission to “Leading Practices for Data Security, Privacy & Compliance” and get strategic insights delivered by the most respected data security and compliance professionals.

About Guardium

Guardium, the database security company, delivers the most widely-used solution for preventing information leaks from the data center and ensuring the integrity of enterprise data.

The company’s enterprise security platform is now installed in more than 450 data centers worldwide, including 5 of the top 5 global banks; 3 of the top 5 insurers; top government agencies; 2 of the top 3 retailers; 15 of the world’s top telcos; 2 of the world’s favorite beverage brands; the most recognized name in PCs; a top 3 auto maker; a top 3 aerospace company; and a leading supplier of business intelligence software.

Guardium has partnerships with Accenture, ArcSight, BMC, EMC/RSA, IBM, McAfee, Microsoft, Oracle, Sybase and Teradata, with Cisco as a strategic investor, and is a member of IBM's prestigious Data Governance Council and the PCI Security Standards Council.

Founded in 2002, Guardium was the first company to address the core data security gap by delivering a scalable enterprise platform that both protects databases in real-time and automates the entire compliance auditing process.

Guardium and “Safeguarding Databases” are trademarks of Guardium, Inc.

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