spark user summit New york

May 24, 2016 | Millenium Broadway Hotel, New York, NYSpark_NYC_logo.png

Get out of the office and invest in growing your network and security skills at Spark User Summit New York.

  • Meet fellow Palo Alto Networks users in the New York City Metro area
  • Hear exclusive updates and threat research
  • Learn new skills in hands-on workshops
  • Take home actionable solutions

Breakfast, lunch and all education sessions are provided free of charge.


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8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Overview 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote >> 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Frank Mong, Palo Alto Networks

One of the benefits of Fuel membership is early access to the latest developments from Palo Alto Networks. This session will discuss the latest release of PAN-OS 7.1 and more, designed to expand prevention capabilities through enhanced analysis, automation and operational efficiencies by focusing on response time reduction, automated correlation of threats, and streamlined policy management.

Break 10:00 a.m - 10:15 a.m.

Shared Experiences: Networking Activity >> 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

All attendees are encouraged to participate in our small group dialogue sessions, which will focus on topics selected by our attendees. In a small group setting, users will share ideas and best practices on topics including: Breaking Threats, Cloud, Endpoint & Network Security, Emerging Mobile Considerations and Analytics.This is a great way to connect with other local users.

Break 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions >> 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Migration to Palo Alto Networks Firewall Hands-on Lab - VPN, AppID & UserID

Bring your laptop and plug in for an in-depth look at best practices for migrating your current policies to utilize your next-generation firewall to the fullest. The Palo Alto Networks Migration tool 3.0 is a new release that helps automate and accelerate the migration from third-party firewall vendors to Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls, as well as the migration from port-based security policies to an application-based approach with App-ID. This hands-on session will train you to utilize the many capabilities of this new tool as we demonstrate a migration from a Cisco ASA environment to a Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall. We'll demonstrate how you can get the most value from your next-generation firewall while reducing your attack surface, and regaining visibility and control over your organization through the use of App-ID.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with firewalls and their configuration in general. Bring VMPlayer 6 or higher, workstation, or Fusion. Palo Alto Networks will provide a copy of the migration tool and a Cisco sample configuration to migrate during the session.

Securing the Unpatchable - How to Use Traps to Address Your Biggest Challenges

Michael Moshiri

There are no flawless software systems or applications. Flaws often create security vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit to compromise systems and software. That is the primary reason software vendors issue vulnerability patches. So why do IT departments choose to delay (or even omit) the application of those patches to production environments? More importantly, how can security professionals prevent security breaches on endpoints that operate with unpatched and unpatchable software? Traps eliminates the need for patching, regardless of whether those patches are available or not, while simultaneously solving the problem of securing the endpoint. Join us for this session to learn more about Traps and how it can help you to prevent security breaches on endpoints.

Lunch with Partners 12:30 p.m - 1:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions >> 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Introduction to Virtualization Hands-on Lab

In this hands-on session, you will gain hands-on experience with Logical Switching, Distributed Logical Routing, Dynamic Routing, Distributed Firewall and Logical Network Services.

WildFire - Best Practices Session featuring customer case studies

Frank Mong

The enterprise data center is changing rapidly in response to the frequency, severity and speed of new threats. How are security professionals and solution providers staying one step ahead? One tool at your disposal is Palo Alto Networks WildFire. Our presenters will engage in a best practices “lightning round” where they will each have 10 minutes to share a short insight or story about how they are using WildFire to combat these threats. Audience members will also be encouraged to share their stories and questions

Break 2:30 p.m - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions >> 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Become a Threat Intelligence Expert - Correlation, Analytics and Remediation Hands-on Lab

During this hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to design security policies in a live environment, learn techniques to gain better visibility to potential cyber activity and detect, block and respond to cyber threats. This will include “how to” instruction on: • Investigating compromised user accounts • Researching security events and advanced persistent threats in a SIEM (security information and event management) environment • Automating immediate response to cyber incidents to reduce the risk of experiencing a material breach

Streamlined Management and Context Based Visibility - Deep Dive into Panorama and the ACC

Joerg Sieber

Get a comprehensive overview of all the bells and whistles that make Palo Alto Networks’ Panorama an exceptional network security management product. Learn about our latest management features: template stacks, device group hierarchies, logging and reporting functionality and our flexible deployment options. Explore with us how to utilize the automated correlation engine and navigate all of the advanced features of the Application Command Center (ACC), including customization, workflows, and other advanced features.

How to Leverage Fuel Community to Be an Expert >> 4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Spark New York is only one day, but Fuel User Group is available to you 365 days a year! Learn more about the year-round benefits of membership, how you can access our online activities, and how you can be a part of the local Fuel chapter.

Closing Comments >> 4:15 p.m.  - 4:25 p.m.

Tie it all together at the end of this exciting and impactful day by sharing your top takeaways with your fellow attendees. Discuss the highlights of what was covered in the breakout sessions you did not attend and discuss what you’ll do to implement change back at your organization.

*subject to change.



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