Spark User Summit Boston: December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018 | Showcase Live, Foxborough, MA


Spark Boston featured opportunities to network with fellow Palo Alto Networks users in the Greater Boston area and the latest updates and threat research from Palo Alto Networks. 

At Spark Boston, there were sessions to enhance your skills, including hands-on workshops and collaborative sessions so you will be able to take home actionable solutions and strategies for key security issues. After the education sessions, attendees attended a special screeing of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse."

Spark User Summit Boston

Showcase Live 
23 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035


Schedule at a Glance*

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  

Welcome and Overview

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  

Breakthroughs at Palo Alto Networks
One of the benefits of Fuel membership is early access to the latest developments from Palo Alto Networks. Palo Alto Networks Field CTO John Kindervag will discuss recent updates regarding the Application Framework, Magnifier UEBA, the strategic value associated with the Logging Service, leveraging the GlobalProtect Cloud Service as a zero trust security fabric for remote branches and mobile users, and an update on how recent acquisitions like RedLock and Secdo are extending public cloud and endpoint capabilities across the Security Operating System Platform for the Enterprise. 

This information will help you expand prevention capabilities through enhanced analysis, automation and operational efficiencies; we'll cover topics including achieving compliance, improving threat detection and response, and addressing mobile security considerations, then leave time for audience Q&A.

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  


10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  

Public Cloud Update and Security Model for Cloud-First Enterprises
This breakout session will provide insights into recent AWS offerings and what this means in terms of integrating in-line security into this public cloud. We will also update everyone on new templates for Azure and finally review a security model that scales for cloud-first enterprises 

Leveraging Expedition to Achieve Best Practice Deployments 
The Palo Alto Next Generation Firewall offers industry-leading capabilities for protecting your organization's assets, but how well are those capabilities deployed in your environment?  In this presentation, we will be showing you how to use Expedition to identify how closely your Palo Alto deployment matches best practices identified by Palo Alto Networks experts. Expedition is Palo Alto’s community supported tool that has evolved out of the Migration Tool. In addition to assisting with Migration, the tool now provides a number of capabilities to assist in identifying gaps in your firewall deployment. We will be focusing on the Best Practice analysis functions that will assist in identifying potential areas where the platform is not being fully leveraged to protect your organization. 

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  

SSL Decryption - Customer Experiences Panel
Encryption is a great means for secure and private business information exchange, and it is necessary for compliance, but even legitimate encrypted traffic can carry threats to your organization, and a lack of packet capture can make it difficult, if not impossible, to determine the scope and scale of a breach once an attack breaches your network.

Join us for a panel discussion with several Palo Alto Networks customers and Systems Engineers to discuss how your peers are implementing decryption, what challenges they've faced, and what additional security measures can only be enabled once you have total visibility. We'll finish with a discussion of what to do if SSL decryption is not an option.

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

Lunch with Partners

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  

Seeing the Attacker's View: People Centric Protection
Today's security and compliance tools focus on safeguarding the perimeter. They help you manage endpoints and patch system vulnerabilities. But cyber criminals don’t target technical flaws. They target human weakness. To stop today’s advanced attacks, you need to focus on protecting your people. Join us for an overview of how to plan for people-centric security, including: 

  • Understanding who is targeted and how
  • How to combat threats before they reach your users
  • Resolving attacks (which are a matter of when not if)

Optimizing the Firewall Ruleset
From the low hanging fruit of redundant rules to in-depth traffic summaries, we will discuss why an optimized ruleset is important and the 5 steps you can take to keep your organization's firewalls running efficiently and securely.

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  


2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 

Sofacy's 2018 World Tour
Hear the Unit 42 team discuss the current threat landscape. This session will highlight several campaigns and review advances in malware, ransomware, and cyber threats, that adversaries are using to breach modern enterprise networks.

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

Closing Comments: How to Leverage Fuel Community to Become an Expert
Spark 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.

3:15 p.m.  

Screening of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse."

*subject to change.




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