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IBM Champions in Action: Jared Fagel

By Libby Ingrassia posted Tue June 02, 2020 06:59 PM

IBM's premier event is digital this year: the Think Digital Event experience. The event takes place May 5-6 and is free for you to register! Today's Champions in Action entry covers some of the IBM Champions who will be speakers at the event. Jared Fagel is a Cyber Security Analyst from Allete. He primarily works with endpoint protection, incident response, and scripting automations to improve cyber security workflows.
IBM Champion and Security Analyst Jared Fagel
Jared joins us to explain a bit about his on-demand session at #Think2020 and what else he’s working on.

Tell us a little bit about your session(s) for Think digital event this year.

This session discusses the importance of automating cyber security tasks to assist cyber security analysts. Cyber security analysts are frequently burned out trying to stay on top of an overwhelming volume of alerts and having to perform repetitive query and remediation tasks – which is where the power of automation can save them. We discuss automation via the SOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) platform, IBM Resilient. This will be a high-level session, not a technical one. Technical webinars can be found in the IBM Resilient community.

Are there other sessions at Think you're really excited to attend?

I’m looking forward to these sessions at THINK to learn more about best practices in cyber security:
  • Cybersecurity Incident Response: Train Like You Fight, Fight Like You Train [6923]
  • Detect and Respond to Accelerating Threats [7467]
  • Implementing Zero Trust—A Practical Approach and Architecture to Get Started [6831]
  • Address New Cybersecurity Risks [6736]

What does it mean to you to be an IBM Champion?

Being an IBM Champion has very little to do with IBM and certainly nothing to do with being a champion, although I do like the name of the program! It has to do with giving back to the community, empowering others, and working to advance the field – specifically in cybersecurity for me. I have always done this, and will continue to do so. In cyber security, I believe it is crucial to do these things to stay ahead of bad actors across the globe, who are also collaborating and empowering each other. The recognition is very much welcomed and appreciated, but it is not what it’s about. I also believe the program allows cross-field collaboration and learning, which is awesome!

And what are you excited to be working on now?

As I’ve mentioned – I’m always working on advancing cyber security, automating efforts, and maturing our cyber security posture. Currently I’m building up our vulnerability management program.

Do you have some favorite events (in person or virtual) to attend or recommend?

I’m looking forward to Carbon Black Connect 2020 next week!

Any last thoughts about Think?

No last thoughts from me, I’m looking forward to a number of great sessions – and am excited that IBM was able to pull through rapid changes as a result of the pandemic to pull off another THINK. Watch Jared Fagel's session, The Importance of Automation in Today's Cybersecurity, on-demand.

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